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Sanda Black IPA | Fyne Ales Ltd

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Sanda Black IPASanda Black IPA
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Sanda Black IPASanda Black IPA

Brewed by:
Fyne Ales Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by StJamesGate on 04-05-2013

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by flyingpig:
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Burger Meats Bun, Glasgow (£3.90 for 330ml Bottle):
Black with a thin lacing on top acting as a head that is bubbly and turns to a soapy lacing almost instantly.

Light malts and some floral notes along with a touch of caramel and some sweet sugars too. There is a background smell of various fruits and is quite refreshing on the nose.

Malty with some sweetness coming through from both the caramel and some sugar from the background fruits. The beer has a little bitterness to it and touches of hops and grapefruit too.

Smooth with a good balance, this beer is quite sweet and that works well complimenting the bitterness; a refreshing and easy to drink beer.

Nice stuff & surprisingly refreshing for a dark beer, with an nice amount of bitterness and plenty of sweet, malty flavours to even things out. Whilst not a stand out, this one was definitely a beer worth trying and one I'll be on the lookout for again.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle in Edinburgh.

Clear and dark brown, looking nearly opaque in the glass.
An IPA-level hop load fights with a strong load of very dark malts for dominance. .. the flavor doesn't win. Flavor improve a bit with warming.
Good balance in the aroma.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and part of a mixer case from the brewery
balancing this style's tricky & it does that.
Aftertaste is nicely drawn out
slightly soapy after a few turns stops with liquorice

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Photo of bpierre
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bpkrippner
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcrossan
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with russet highlights and a steady tan head that fades fast but trails.
Ash, blackberry, and caramelized sugar on the nose.
Char, sweet oily espresso, and dark caramel then some pine and melon hops.
Plum spice finish and tightening gooseberry linger.
Medium verging on light, fizzy, some cling.

More black than IPA; somehow manages to bury a big hops like NS under roast. Also doesn't really have the body to support all the flavor. As good as Fyne is, something seemed forced about this series (there's a Blonde at the same ABV) and it turns out to be true.

Not their best.

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Photo of MikeKSmith
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Best before 8/2016.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of cocoa and citrus zest qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of msanborn
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Brabander
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kevinodonnell91
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has a bit of everything with flavours of chocolate, toffee, caramel and tobacco hops. Great winter warmer, perhaps too sweet to drink more than one though.

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Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BartMcStout
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Sanda Black IPA from Fyne Ales Ltd
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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