Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company

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Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company
West Virginia, United States
Black IPA
Ranked #101
Ranked #18,215
3.86 | pDev: 9.33%
Jun 09, 2022
Oct 13, 2014
Very Good
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.83 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Jun 09, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by VaporDome from New York

Sep 21, 2021
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can, tulip, best by 10/20/21.

Quite dark brown with very little highlighting. The head is a good sized medium to dark brown.

Pine, dusted cocoa. Simple but very nice.

Hershey’s syrup with hops, but not that sweet. A bushel of pine and earthy hop flavor, some of the best pine hopping I’ve had in awhile.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, yet creamy feel.

This style seems to have been a bit of a fad, but I’m still a fan. I especially like piney versions like this.
Aug 19, 2021
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 ounce can poured into a can glass.

Pours brown and clear, two fingers of tan, rocky foam leaving sticky lace. Nose is moderate in strength, bright and hop forward, citrus, floral and slightly resinous aromas with small fruity esters. Taste starts sweet and hoppy with an assertive bitterness that builds to a more dry roasty and bitter finish. Medium-light, frothy body with a crisp finish. Quick drinking and enjoyable.
Jun 02, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Feb 03, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 02, 2021
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I kind of instinctively grab anything from West Virginia because I don't see it too often. I also like the can artwork. Roasted tones and hops kind of cancel each other out in the nose. The flavor is decent, and satisfying enough, but nothing is really exemplary. The roasted flavors turn a little burned after a while and the finish is a bit subpar. Not at all bad, just not a go to for me.
Nov 14, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a clear cola color with a two finger beige head; excellent persistence and a few shards linger with webs developing

Smell: Ashy campfire elements; very woodsy with chocolate, coffee and earthy hop aromatics

Taste: Chocolate and coffee in the base with a burnt toast character developing; earthy hops, in the middle, with a moderate level of bitterness into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit to charred on the palate but fun to taste a beer in this style - it was a flash in the pan for a while and the style disappeared almost as quickly as it arrived

Thanks, Treyliff, for the opportunity
Nov 06, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by Boone757 from Virginia

Nov 05, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Oct 01, 2020
Rated: 3.71 by oberon from North Carolina

Jul 05, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by nater919 from New York

Mar 23, 2020
Rated: 3.53 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by travelguy from Ohio

Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by Fr33man from Maryland

Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: It pours very dark brown. There are some reddish hues in the color when held to the light. It has a full brown head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of toffee, roast, and some earthly elements. There is a bit of an herbal hop note as well.

Taste: There are toffee and caramel malts with a bit of chocolate. There is a bit of earthly elements with some herbal hops.

Feel: It has a medium body.

Overall, a very different black IPA that is more malt balanced, but still firm in hop bitterness and herbal flavors.
Nov 11, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by Lucular from Maryland

Sep 26, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by robebo44 from Virginia

Aug 12, 2019
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Rated by BlackBeardsCup from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25
Dry, with toasty malt flavor, not an ipa fan but this black ipa was not bad would definitely drink it again.
Jul 06, 2019
Rated: 3.48 by deg from New Hampshire

Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Jul 04, 2019
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Rated by ThePold from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the Whole Foods.
Jun 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From a can, pours as an opaque black with a thin khaki quickly disbursing head. Aroma of mostly sweet roasted malt. There are some coffee and cocoa flavors, but it's mostly malt forward with some bitter hops bite and grapefruit-like astringentness on the back end. Overall, it's flavorful but with a hollow wateriness.
Apr 02, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Nov 23, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by 22Blue from Kansas

Nov 06, 2018
Rated: 3.2 by Matuhg from Michigan

Oct 07, 2018
Rated: 4.51 by doc_craddock from West Virginia

Aug 05, 2018
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.
Aug 03, 2018
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
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.
May 20, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 4 by Bark0707 from Ohio

Feb 13, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by Erjadams from West Virginia

Jan 19, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Oct 26, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by billydrinksbeer from Colorado

Sep 15, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by WhackoMillah93 from Massachusetts

Sep 11, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by aewalton from West Virginia

Aug 16, 2017
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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!
Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by dirtyharry2489 from West Virginia

Jul 10, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by addiwilliams from Virginia

Jul 10, 2017
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