Black Eye PA (Brewer's Reserve) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dashirey on 06-10-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Tucquan:
Photo of Tucquan
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this from a 750ml bottle on 2009-12-06

There was too much carbonation in the bottle of this barrel-aged brew. When I popped the cork a gusher of beer erupted. I probably lost close to half the bottle.

It poured with a ridiculous 6" tan head that left a tremendous amount of lacing as it settled. The liquid is a caramel color.

The smell and taste were of molasses, licorice and citrus with mild-medium bitterness. It was very well-balanced although I'm not a big fan of licorice.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this well-made pale ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel, served in a tulip. Appears brown with a short off-white head, so it's not exactly black.

I can't say I even really taste the dark malts here, but the feel is a bit similar to other dark IPAs for the smooth, mellow malty undertone. The hops provide a big punch of flavor with sharp citrus and a bit of pine. The harsh hops stand as a nice balance to the malts and make this a drinkable beer still worthy of the IPA name.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hand-pulled pint served at the General Sutter in Litiz, PA.

A: The ale is lighter than I expected, a ruddy caramel colored ale with a thick dense white head that nicely layers around the glass.

S: The aroma is floral, fragrant hops with a sweet caramel syrup undertone. The hops are mouthwatering, citrusy with a nice bite.

T: The ale has a strong caramel malt flavor that comes across as cloying at times. I hope that that is a result of the cask, as it can be a bit much. The hop presense is herbal and citrusy, biting with a great sweetness that has touches of tangerine and apricot. The interplay of the big hops and caramel malts is quite pleasing, if not a little too heavy on the malts. The hop bitterness lingers long after the sip is gone.

M: The mouthfeel oftens teeters too far into the sweet caramel syrup. The hop profile is pleasingly strong.

D: I am looking forward to trying this one on draught. I think that that will settle the caramel malts down a tad. This is also another offering in the black IPA trend, keep 'em coming people!

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Photo of bonbini26
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ the Blind Tiger 10-29-08

A: Deep dark ruby color, small head that fades quickly, and leaves behind scattered lacing

S: The aroma is floral some caramel, not real strong

T: Begins with Burnt caramel malty flavor, sweet in the middle and finishes with a citrus hop that lingers long after

M: pretty good hop flavor for a pale ale and a little on the sweet side

D: fairly easy drinking pale ale, may be a little to heavy for some people used to lighter pale ales, really enjoyed this one. I just noticed that this was listed as an IPA..even though its called black eye PALE ALE...a little confused

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Photo of weeare138
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark, orange toned brown with a huge, clumpy light tan head that slowly fades into a thick, soapy cap. Scattered nits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of and citrusy, grapefruit, & gummy bears.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some doughy, rummy flavors
Mouthfeel is bitter, caramel sweetness in the background, with some grainy astringency found in the swallow.

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Photo of orangesol
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from Deuane's basement.

A - Pours dark brown with a one finger tall off-white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dulled citric hops, burnt caramel malt, molasses, dry oak, and some dulled fruit. This one is a bit past its prime.

T - Starts off with a big dose of slightly charred caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hops, molasses, and some light fruit. The finish is a mix of charred caramel sweetness and some light hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Not bad but nothing I would be seeking out at this point.

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Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Durandal_777
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DIM
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A casked IPA aged on bourbon soaked oak chips?!? Hell yeah!

a: This was a mostly clear, dark coppery amber color. It pours with a thin, light tan, soapy head.

s: Noticeable woody oak and some bourbon. Fresh juicy hops that smell of lemon, and grapefruit with just a hint of pine. Overall, this is a fantastic smelling beer, I couldn't keep my nose out of it.

t: Falls short of the smell, unfortunately. The naked wood flavor is a bit too strong. The bourbon and the hops clash a bit at the finish. The hops are very lemony with a bit of pine. Plenty of caramel malts helped keep things in balance.

m: Spot-on cask texture, very nicely done by Stoudt's. The lingering bitter wood flavor was a potent, however.

d: Very nice to see my favorite local brewery trying new and exciting things. This one needs tweaked a bit though.

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Black Eye PA (Brewer's Reserve) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 9 ratings