Backcountry Black IPA
Deep River Brewing Co.

Backcountry Black IPABackcountry Black IPA
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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #399
Ranked #28,653
3.79 | pDev: 8.97%
Deep River Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Backcountry Black IPABackcountry Black IPA
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drinking this at The Deep River Brewery.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Appears blackish brown with a nice foamy head and lacing.
Smells citrusy, burnt and slightly piney.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice Black IPA that I would definitely order again.

Feb 29, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of roast and some burnt elements. There are citrus, dank, and floral notes from the hops.

Taste: The initial flavors are roast, burnt, and citrus with a bit of dark licorice as well. It also has some floral and dank elements.

Feel: It has a medium body. The finish is a bit harsh with the roasted malts creating a bit more of a burnt flavor than I like.

Overall, the presentation of flavors is okay, but the harsh, burnt roasted malts is a bit much for my tastes.

Jan 31, 2019
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice jet black color from the can, solid tan head that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma off the bat of roasted malts, caramel, rum and fruit cake, ash. Malt-forward as well when it comes to taste, but there is a strong underlying hoppiness here to keep things in check. Distinct earthiness/ashiness lingers as an aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but carbonation is full, making it pretty easy to drink. Overall, it's a one-note bitter bomb to me, but not offensive.

Feb 28, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a fine-looking black IPA: a giant (pour carefully!) pebbly tannish head looms atop a dark-brown/black beer with plentiful ruby highlights; head retention is superlative and lacing is good, consisting of sticky slabs and caverns. The nose is medium-big: a nice hop aroma, compounded of juicy pineapple, grass, citrus and candy-like spicy florals, backed by a more subtle, narrow, toffee-like dark malt character and some boozy undertones. Up front, the palate is modestly bitter green pine over a dryish toffee/coffee flavor; mid-palate the malt character increases to rival the hops and opens up to show a more chocolatey side, and an assertive bright, tartish lemon bitterness overtakes the pine on the hop end of things. The finish is a modest hit of caramel and bitter pine, and is moderately astringent on the break, followed by a substantial piney rebound bitterness that lingers for quite awhile. The mouthfeel is a bit thinnish for the medium-full body; the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. When all is said and done, this beer is appropriately balanced towards hoppy, but the malt character acquits itself well, providing an effective counterpoint. The slightly thinnish mouthfeel actually works well with the lively carbonation to provide a crisper, more drinkable beer; the effective concealment of the alcohol furthers this end. (16 oz can, illegible code date)

May 21, 2016
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Jokel from South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well poured into a pint glass. Black IPA is not an understatement. This beer is closer to black than brown and had a Carmel colored head. Strong roasted smell and taste. It took me about half the pint to really start to enjoy it. It seemed to mellow out after I got used to the taste. The next one was good from the start and tasted very balanced.

Apr 29, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep River Brewing Co. "Backcountry Black IPA"
16 oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating

Notes: Quite carbonated, perhaps to a fault... once warmed and softened a bit it displays greater depth in its malt, and better balance, especially as the acidity of the carbonic gas is cut down. Surprisingly hazy deep mahogany brown body with visible sediment - perhaps this is an old sample? Code is 172915204. Massive head of frothy khaki foam takes a long time to drop but leaves beautiful lacing behind. Brightly hoppy: citrusy, resinous, piney, herbal. Dark malts back it with notes of dark cocoa and caramel. In the flavor it's hoppy upfront with a refreshing splash of orange followed by golden caramel, darker caramel, molasses, and dark cocoa powder. It's solidly bitter, and it finishes aggressively with lingering pine, and almost a note of licorice due to the herbal/dark caramel combination. Dry and bitter. Not bad, but could be so much better with a little more balance.

Feb 20, 2016
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on draft at the Red Monkey in Raleigh, NC. Arrives in two separate 8 oz glasses (its something they do here at this bar, apparently, to "keep the last half of the beer from warming in your hands"). Pitch black in color with minimal tan head. Aroma is somewhat hoppy but leans more toward the coffee and dark chocolate of the underlying dark grains in the beer. Seems there is a slight bit of astringency to this one as well, whether from the small amount of dark grains or some other reason, perhaps hops? A decent drinking beer with no major flaws but nothing that really sets it apart. The body was rather light, which perhaps made some of that bitterness bleed through into astringency. It was a smooth drinker and I actually had two of them. If I purchased a sixer, I would have no problem finishing it but probably wouldn't buy another.

Feb 02, 2016
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fills a one-liter glass mug completely with beige foam that lingers in the mug for a good ten to fifteen minutes. As a result, the pour takes an eternity. I poured about half of the can before setting the mug aside and then completing the process later. The head turns rocky, then creamy with the rest of the pour being a clear cola brown. The head eventually leaves sticky patches of lace.

Resin aromas waft out of the mug, revealing pine and orange zest after a minute. The background aroma is almost entirely comprised of roasted malt.

For an IPA, this one is quite sweet, but that is balanced to some degree by high bitterness. Roasted malt plays a minor role with grapefruit in the forefront. However minor, both characteristic are present at all times.

The texture is smooth and slick with a medium body and alcohol as advertised.

Aside from the overly productive head, this beer was reasonably easy to consume. While lacked inspiration, with some tweaking, this one could be significantly improved.

Jan 17, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can, unclear date code on bottom

almost black, very dark brown. thick off-white head, good lacing. earthy hop aroma. taste is nicely balanced between mild roast and slightly bitter hop flavors. herbal. medium body, a little oily.

Nov 19, 2015
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ClePaul from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Back country Black IPA

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 90/100

Summery: very smooth an supple a pleasure to drink. Has a great smooth feel. Worth seeking if it's Im your neck of the woods~

Oct 23, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep mahogany brown, with some lighter brown chestnut edges. Head is capped big and large at four fingers, with some block chock and rocky staying power. Fine bubbles, the odd bigger one in the mix but not budging at all. Nice rising carbonation plentiful and crawling ever so slowly.

Mild aroma of roast and char, with a small hop angle. Some thick jerky meat like quality, and almost smoke character quality coming off as well. Interesting mix but a little downplayed on the hop angle.

Palate angles more towards a decent stout character. Charring roast and some mild bitterness on the finish. Slightly fruity mid palate but slammed by big roast character. Hints a very dark bitter chocolate, smoking wood like aftertaste not unlike hinted on the nose. Some juiced quality and slightly wet bodied but still manages to let the flavors come out.

Overall not bad, but leans more towards a stout with some interesting smoke character, and with little hop flavors or presence.

May 16, 2015
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KM_Seahawk from North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can - pours black with small amount of reddish hue on the bottom, very thin beige head and not much lacing. The aroma is a faint balance of the dark roasted malt and piney hops. I didn't get any coffee and hops not as prominent as I would thought for 5 different varieties. The taste was light roasted malt upfront then with big earthy pine hops in the middle and finishes with roasted malt and coffee notes. The hops are more foward than the dark malts. Sure does mask the 7.9% alc. Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

Overall I thought it was ok, more hoppy than say Back in Black IPA and with all the two different dry hops expected a better aroma. Not bad but not spectacular.

Apr 30, 2015
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zeledonia from Washington

3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Tasted 7 February 2015.

Pours very dark brown; light through it reveals reddish tones. 1.5 fingers of medium gray-tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smells much more black than IPA. Thin dark-roasted malts, asphalt-like char. Some faint herbal and citrusy elements from aromatic hops.

Taste is pretty one-dimensional. Bitter from two ends, acids and roast. Only a touch of citrus flavor; I really with there was more of that.

Feel is fine. Medium-light body, has that surprising contrast of light feel with dark look, smell, and taste. Even lighter than most black IPAs.

A decent black IPA. It's lacking the bright aromatics that the best of the style have, both in the taste and the smell. It's like the cake without the icing.

Feb 08, 2015
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HopasaurusRex from New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown from a 16 oz. can. Very roasty aroma matched in flavor. Hops are there underneath, punching citric blasts that get swallowed by big chocolatey malt. More of a hoppy porter than a black IPA. Does not deliver on its promise of a five hop assault, but tasty nonetheless.

Dec 28, 2014
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pk of 16oz cans. Poured oil black as expected for the style. The first taste reminded me of Widmer Bros Pitch Black, subtle hop notes, not what I was expecting with the advertised 5-hop mix, but nicely done. The 7.9% abv is well hidden, making this an extremely drinkable, dare I say, sessionable, black IPA. Well done Backcountry!

Dec 21, 2014
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HopintheSouth from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

16oz can- bought a solo
A- dark red, black with a thick, sticky like khaki head.
S- Rich dark malts, chocolate and hints of coffee. Hops in the background
T-rich, smooth and coffee. Bitterness is very subtle for an IPA and don't taste any hop flavor whatsoever
M-well carbonated, velvety and clean. Crisp and brings a bit of bite from the hops but not too much. The dark malts and coffee seems to linger.

A good winter beer no doubt, but more of a brown ale. Not much of an IPA and I'm disappointed in the lack of hop profile, given the can states 5 different varieties. A good taste, but I think its better branded a brown ale..if anything at all

Nov 29, 2014
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BigBry from Canada

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Local draft at Fox and Hound, Raleigh.
Pours Guinness-like in color, head and retention.
Smell is roasted malt, even a touch of smoke, some hops at the end.
Taste has some IPA type bitterness, but more on the dark malt or porter side. Enough hop to keep the sweetness in check.
Medium body and mouth feel, slightly acidic finish
Decent, easy to drink, not as hoppy as expected for an IPA (even a Black one)

Nov 09, 2014
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maxwelldeux from Washington

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler. Pours a near-black color with a fairly small tan head. Nose is very roasty and smells more like a roasty stout than a Black IPA. Taste is also very roasty, but has just a hint of bitterness in there. A little light on the hoppiness for me for the style, but still a pleasant drink.

Jun 04, 2013
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 80 ratings