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Dark Days Black IPA | Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by flagmantho on 08-05-2010

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

Had this on-tap at the Big Time. They call this a "Black IPA" and, though to me it was more like a hoppy porter, I have put this under American IPA as it is their designation.

Appearance: solid black with the tiniest layer of tan foam; really, little more than the suggestion that the beer once had head. Despite this, the color indicates that this beer clearly means business.

Smell: rich coffee aroma with a little hint of sweet malt; maybe caramel. Quite good, but more portery stouty than ipa-ey.

Taste: it hits me with a big roasted malt/coffee at the entrance and then the hops take over. They are earthy and pungent and, toward the end, quite bitter. I like the combination.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a medium level of carbonation. The carbonation seems well-integrated or something so it is nicely creamy despite not being fizzy at all.

Drinkability: a solid and drinkable beer. Flavor is good, though I admit it could be a bit more balanced.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bigtime Brewery in U district. Aroma was more sweet than hoppy. Maybe a bit of pine, but overall a pretty weak aroma. Appearance was very pretty. A couple centimeters of tan head. Pretty close to a stout actually. The head dissipates pretty quickly. Taste is where the hops come out. This is really balanced, smooth, and pleasant. The strongest taste I get from it is the pine, but it really meshes well together with the other flavors. Palate is ok. Smooth and refreshing. Overall I will take this over regular IPA’s any time. Nothing that you can’t fine elsewhere, but I’ll take this local brew while it lasts. It’s not a standard IPA, so if you are looking for a hop bomb, or even something with an above average hop presence, you won’t find it here. You will find a pretty good ale with a pretty unique flavor though.

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Photo of soze47
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Red Bones at the NW Fest on 11/09/10.

Appearance: Light black that allows some light to sneak through

Aroma: Mostly roasted malts, not a huge nose.

Taste: Wow, much more here than the nose alludes to. Yes, you get the dark roasted malts up front, but unlike many Black IPAs, this one brings a great hop backbone that almost sneak attacks your palette. Hops bring a nice floral and pine balance to the malt bill that borders on chocolate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Somewhat chewy from the malt, yet it is clean and light bodied. Kind of filling, but easy to drink.

Overall: Most Black IPAs that I've tried pick the malty route (Back in Black) or hoppy (Stone Sub. Self-Right.), but this one manages to have both. I like this one and wish it was around more often.

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Dark Days Black IPA from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
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