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#7 Black IPA | 18th Street Brewery

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#7 Black IPA#7 Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
18th Street Brewery
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Pipeworks Brewing Company in Chicago, IL.

Added by MasterSki on 03-07-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
63
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 63
Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Americo's bottle. Great hoppy aroma. Very dark brown with a creamy head. Very roasty, with chocolate malt, and citrus hop finish. A touch of smoke. A story in roast, perhaps too much. All the elements of a good beer, but missing something to make it more drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 3.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is more focused on the hop aspects versus the roasty malt.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body, coating tan foam in the glass leaving behind sheets of lacing.
Creamy surface texture and lasting retention.

Roasted malt and dark bakers chocolate in the aroma.

Dark chocolate, roasty bitterness, hints of pine and orange peel.
Creamy smooth feel, fairly light bodied with a moderate lingering hop bitterness.
Overall a great ABA, one i'll definitely seek out again. Well rounded and tasty with a nice hoppy punch.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Man, I need to get back to a casino to lose my money ASAP... Anyway, this stuff pours a rather dark black-sienna topped by over a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises molasses, pine sap, light roasted malts, mixed greens, and flowers. The hops and the roast alternate fluidly, each allowing the other to govern the next moment, thus allowing for pure marital bliss with no major power trips to fuck things up. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a thick vein of grapefruit that throws the former balance into a bit of an upheaval, only to have things somehow adjust to the new circumstances, even to the point of finishing with a touch of toasted toffee. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice black IPA, one that clearly knows the value of balance, even with the scale of flavors being fairly high on both sides.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a collar, a few wisps on top, and stray specks of lace. Dark brown body with some mild transparency at the fringes.

S - Nice tropical fruit and mild citrus hops are supported by a solid backdrop of chocolate and mild caramel flavors.

T - The taste is a bit more citrus heavy, with some mango and pineapple in the periphery. Ends more chocolate-heavy, with mild roast and pleasant restrained bitterness. A bit of char comes out as the beer warms, but it's kept in restraint.

M - Pleasant, active carbonation. Medium body, with a smooth texture, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - A really enjoyable Black Double IPA, with only mild char and bitterness. Pretty close to my ideal for this style, as I love the intense hopping and pleasant chocolate flavors. Will certainly pick this one up again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 121
(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a sticky thick tan head that is bubbly on top. There is a few microbubbles that pop out of the abyss.

S- The green herbal aroma is full of hops that blend with some graham malt notes and a slight sweetness in the finish enhances the freshness.

T- The pine woody and dank but bright hops have a slight wintergreen quality to them with a bright green hop flavor lingering without bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice dark but bright hop flavor that is not pungent or bittern and some good malt support underneath. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown to pitch black pour with a moderately thick lacing.

S - Chocolate, earthy, and citrus.

T - Earthy, chocolate, some citrus, and lingering chocolate roast.

M - Medium body. smooth texture.

O - Not a big fan of black IPA's.

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Photo of Florida9
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark black color, but still fairly light. Quite translucent. Forms a small lightly tan colored head. Little retention. Light lacing. Aroma is full on IPA, mostly citrus and citrus zest. Taste is...foul. What is that? Vegetables? Burnt something or other. Dark, burnt, toast. Astringent. Then, rye or coriander. Almost tastes like a burnt everything bagel: burnt coriander, burnt caraway, slightly salty and a touch of smoke. Mouth is medium, bitter, light astringent, medium carbonation. WTF is going is going on with this beer? Really odd and not at all enjoyable.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body, opaque, with red-brown highlights, and a full, billowing tan head, and lots of lacing.

S - Hops. Big pine and acidity. A hint of coffee and dark bread.

T - A citrus line, with pine, a middle in molasses and toast, coffee acidity, and a close of distinct bitterness, pith and zest.

M - Pretty full body, a definite drying in the close.

O - A fine example of the style, melding nicely the hop forward front with a lush porter-like malt core. Very nice.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 121 poured into Greenbush snifter

Appearance is dark like Cola. Brown around the edges with an off-white light brown head.

Smell is sweet and hoppy with a light roast. The hops blend very well with the chocolaty roast.

Taste is lightly bitter with a sweet roastiness. Also a light green olive flavor at the end

Mouth feel is good. Light medium carbonation.

Black IPAs aren't really my style but this is one of my favorites

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Photo of KFBR392
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black in the glass. Heavy lacing on the glass as this beer was enjoyed. Thin layer of lacing remained throughout drinking this brew.

Smell: A wonderful balance of hops and dark accents which make this a wonderfully aromatic black IPA. Black licorice, smokey malt, bright hops really make this a stand out aroma. Fuckin A man, this beer smells good.

Taste: The front is a smokey malt darkness. A burnt oak taste lingers for a very long time with the hop presence. The darkness of the hops and the sticky malt is heavy on the palette. heavy, heavy for sure.

Mouthfeel: Balanced, darkness of the malt with a sticky hop presence.

Overall: Chicago seems to be a hot spot for breweries right now. This beer can go toe to toe with any other black IPA on the market.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled poured into FFF Teku,

A - Dark black with an off white head comprised of small bubbles. Leaves some good lacing while going down

S - Pine hops make up the main nose with hints of roasted coffee and slight chocolate,. I get some hints of beef jerky as well

T - Roasted malt, slight burnt caramel / tootsie roll up front. Then in the middle you get the slight bittering hop presence that gives it a slight grapefruit aspect. The finish is light roasty and smoke

M - Medium slightly thick body for the style. Roasted and light astringency in the finish. Leaves a slight residue on the finish

O - Decent black IPA that leaves a bit too much on the smoke for my taste. Reminds me a bit of a hopped up porter with the presence of the smoky / chocolate malt. Curious to see what else 18th has up their sleeve.

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#7 Black IPA from 18th Street Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.
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