Mothman Black IPA | Greenbrier Valley Brewing Co

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3.87/5
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Brewed by:
Greenbrier Valley Brewing Co
West Virginia, United States
gvbeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Mothman Black IPA is a hop forward, medium bodied black ale. The strong hop flavor is from the use of the choicest Pacific Northwest hops; lending to a balanced bitterness of citrus and hints of floral. The German 2-row and English Crystal malts offer a touch of roasted toffee and chocolate. At 6.7% abv and 71 IBU’s, this Black IPA promises to satisfy any hophead.

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Ranking:
#16,977
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
118
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Today is the ocCANsion of International IPA Day & so I am CANtinuing to celebrate while furthering The CANQuest (tm) at the same time.

From the CAN: "Mysterious 'Mothman' Said Still at Large"; "Mothman is a legendary moth-like creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia in 1966. After the collapse of the Silver Bridge, Mothman was never seen again. His spirit lives on in this darkly delicious black IPA, with a balanced blend of roasted malts and citrusy hops to enjoy on moonlit nights."; "[Hops:] Amarillo, Chinook [Malts:] American 2-Row, German Munich, German Roasted Barley"; "Pack It In, Pack It Out".

I was beCANming increasingly anxious to Crack! open the vent & get a Gussie Busch Glug started. I am really coming around to his center-of-the-glass & NOT down-the-side style of pour. It acCANplishes the same end result (the creation of loads of head & the release of esters) as an inverted Glug, but without the likelihood of a mess. In this insCANce, it produced a pseudo-cascade that then formed three-plus (!) fingers of foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head that burbled, Pop!ped & generally fizzed into wisps, leaving a load of lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was very roasty with notes of chocolate, coffee, charcoal smoke & roasted toffee with just a hint of mintiness from the hops. Mouthfeel was medium, par for the course. The taste was also very roasty with an added anise/licorice & treacle bite to acCANpony the aforementioned chocolate, coffee, smoke & toffee, but I was disappointed by the lack of assertiveness on the part of the hops. It is not for me to rate to personal taste & I am glad that they have broken this out into its own deserved style. It has long seemed to me that the roastiness of the malts gets in the way of the precious hops & this was another example. As an American Black Ale, it was decent, but I have had better. Finish was dry & roasty, which was again, par for the course.

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3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, light citrus. Taste is citrus, a bit of roasted malts, mild bitterness, less flavor than I expect from this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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My first beer from West Virginia. Canned 3/21/2017. Poured into plastic cup. It pours nearly jet black, with abundant cream, beige head and lacing. The smell features roasted malt, dark coffee, and floral hops. The taste is a lovely blend of malt and hops. There is rich roasted malt and coffee up front with bitter, biting hops and a hint of citrus at the finish. This ale is medium-bodied and creamy and is really easy to drink at 6.7% and 71 IBUs. It's an absolutely first rate black IPA. Not quite at the level of Carton's Epitome or Dubhe but right there with the leaders of the style. I'm really glad to have had the chance to try it!

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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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3.52/5  rDev -9%
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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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I've got bad news for residents of Lewisburg, West Virginia. There's a monster on the streets... -a monster of a beer that is! And its not exactly on the streets, it's largely confined to bars, restaurants and beer stores. But it's said to be dark, bitter, aggressive and strong. Let's just see about that...

Mothman Black IPA of Greenbrier Valley pours an ominously dark brown hue with a rugged froth, leaving a trails of sand stained lacing in its path. Charred citrus, singed pinecone and a trail of toast, coffee and cocoa lead the way while its taste is tall, dark and malty as the taste of caramel and toast on the early palate.

And as the hoppy flavors develop, they quickly take command of taste as the classic IPA taste of grapefruit, orange peel and pine slather on the middle palate. While its sweet caramels will fade, the toasty remnants of malt remain with their own toasty, roasty cocoa and coffee taste riding along side of the citrusy, piney hops. Each group of flavor represents a token to bitterness that elevates the taste to a level than neither can on their own.

Medium bodied and trending dry and toasty, the black IPA is careful to follow an arid and lighter trek that keeps the taste focused on the IPA component of taste instead of the balanced, more porter-like tendencies. Spicy with the bitterness of roasted pine cone and burnt citrus peel, the hop finish is long but the session is surprisingly drinkable and dare I say- refreshing?

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Mothman Black IPA from Greenbrier Valley Brewing Co
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 118 ratings