Black Forest India Pale Ale | Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill

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Brewed by:
Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CRJMellor on 03-21-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the source. Medium dark orange brown color with a lively head of white foam. Lower carbonation. Big notes of citrusy pine and hops. Very fresh. Taste was very hoppy, nearly quashing the malt element. Hints of sour grain lingered in the background. Mouthfeel wasn't bad, a bit light. Could've benefited from a more oily character, but i'm not gonna complain. Good drinkability. Would have this again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the brewpub: Hazy yellow-gold color with a thin white head and stringy lacing. Citrusy hops aroma with an underlying fruity sweetness. Medium-bodied and quite hoppy with some citrus and malt flavor thrown in. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering hoppiness. Pretty good from start to finish.

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Photo of drinkallday
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap. This particular India Pale Ale had nice aromatics and slight malt tones as well. the flavor was clean and hoppy but not too much of eitrher. A nice balance of malt and hopin the nose and on the tongue. Medium bodied and worth getting again.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely my favorite Black Forest offering so far...

Murky orange-copper in color with a very frothy off-white head. Thick sheets of lacing were present as this beer was eagerly consumed. I was immediately drawn in by the great hoppy aroma, bursting with grapefruity citrous smells, a floral presence, a little pininess, as well as some herbal nuances. The advertised 60 IBUs came in a blitz as soon as this ale hit my lips. The bitter citrous blast takes care of my hop fix for the evening. Some malts are present, not quite enough to balance the hops, but enough to lay down a toasty background for alpha attack. Mouthfeel is full, carbonation is enjoyably low, allowing the slightly oily hops to come though in a nice way. The mouthfeeel is kept sharp by the hops which tickle the tongue. Finishes dry and very bitter. The hops are a good blend of a few American varities, their flavor similar to the nose which ranged from citrous to floral to slightly piney and herbal. Although the flavor is a little one sided, that isn't always a bad thing with IPAs. True fans of the style will appreciate.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a deep copper with a thinner wispy head that was gone pretty fast,nice aromas of American hops very citric and piney with a noticable biscuity malt note.With this beer I encountered something I havent with an IPA very much and that is a noticable buttery base,now it wasnt overpowering just slightly noticable for that matter but struck me as odd,there was a hefty portion of big citric,resiny hop in the finish wich finished well.A good and quite interesting IPA worth drinking .

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Photo of nortmand
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour was light orange amber, with a bit of haze.

Nice herb flower smell, with a background malt.

Intensely bitter and peppery taste, very acceptable, especially for a brewpub beer. Malty sweetness supports the hops nicely.

A bit thin, but otherwise pretty fantastic and drinkable.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this was the stuff. Reviewed 010505 at the Bklack Forest and taken from notes. This pours a hazy copper, opague and nice. Fizz level and head are low as to style. Nose is big and citrusy, American IPA style. Balance of malt and hop in the flavor, but big on both accounts as is the finish. The finish is long, malty and dry, and still long. What a great beer.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a translucent orange/red color with a decent head and some lacing. Sweet malt and hop aroma. Assertive bitterness held in check by a big malt flavor, really nice balance. Lingering hop flavor leaves you wanting more. An excellent IPA that I would order again.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight chill-hazed orange/gold color and a big white head. Moderate lace forms on the glass.
Aroma is heavy citrus and resiny hops with a hint of grapefruit.
Flavor is minor pale malt and some depp fruity and herbal hop notes.
Mouthfeel is thinge of sweet malt but then an avalanche of bitterness (93 IBU's)
Drinkability is pretty good but the hop bitterness actually overwhlem things.

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Black Forest India Pale Ale from Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill
3.93 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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