Last Cast Black IPA | Bitter Root Brewing

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Last Cast Black IPALast Cast Black IPA

Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-29-2011

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of rarigney
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry's, in Spokane, for $1.59, which is apparently 20 cents off it's regular price. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on September 22, 2016. The label, which was poorly adhesed to the can, "If an IPA and a Porter had a love child, this would be it!" We shall see.

Poured into an Ice Harbor shaker pint glass, this was the color of midnight until held up to light, whereupon it took on a hue closer to mahogany. Good sized khaki colored head that hung around for some time. Lots of lace.

Roasy, toasty malt notes and peppery, piney hop scents are what greeted the workers at the olfactory.

The initial taste comes wrapped in roasty, coffeeish malt notes, but dragging a piney hop flavor just behind it. The hops never quite take over from the malts, but they reach virtual parity on the backside of the taste, just before the mildly dry fadeout.

The body is somewhere between medium and full, with a coating, slightly oily mouthfeel.

This is distinctly porterish when compared to the plethora of Imperial Stouts that masquerade as Black IPAs. While not the most perfectly balanced version of the style I've had, it's a pretty tasty example. Love child of an IPA and a porter? Other than getting the order wrong, that's a valid description. I will have this again.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 07/10/16:

Mostly opaque dark brown to black. Held directly up to light source, some weak light-bending clarity where glass curves on the sides. Light brown, thick, foamy, self-leveling two-to-three finger head that holds shape above rim. In bottle, citrus oil, light pine, and molasses aromas. In bottle, molasses much stronger and combined with sweet alcoholic heat. As it settles a bit, lightly earthy and leathery hops come through. Just barely citrus and roastiness in background. Roasty/smokey tang and light molasses/toffee suggestions throughout, bitter and spicy toward the finish with notes of smoke, coffee, soil, dankness and leather, sweet pine, touch of soap, peppercorns. Medium-bodied and sloshy to velvety. Prefer these darker beers fuller and slightly tighter, but softness and smoothness are perfect. A decent bit of heat, some astringency

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oh thank god it's not overloaded with cascade hops. Hop is nicely balanced with sweet and moderately roasted malts. Despite having a lot going on, the flavor profile is unified. Lovely black colour with a good head which leaves good lacing after disappearing. Very good.

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Photo of elglueckert
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walts_Frozen_Head
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a tan, 2 finger width head. Great retention, breaking down to a fair layer of surface suds across the top. Laces in broken sheets around the glass with great stick.

Smell - Wow. Grapefruit hops hit the nose from 2 feet way. Closer sniffs reveal more grapefruit along with a leafy aroma. Faint malt roast.

Taste - Mmmm. Grapefruit and a leafy hop flavor met by a light roast malt that also hints at caramel. Ghostly traces of smokiness. Mostly clean, balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Smooth, then a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Fantastic. Really reminds me of the Grand Teton Trout Hop. Almost spot on. I'm in love. Certainly one of the better India Black Ales I've had.

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Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger head of a cream colored foam. The head has a great level of retention, holding on for quite some time before fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a roasted malt smell along with strong showing of a grapefruit hop and a little bit of a coffee smell. Some lighter pine and chocolate aromas are there as well with these mixing with some caramel to create a very smooth and delicious hoppy dark aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice blend of sweet, roast, and malt. The taste begins with a moderate roastiness which maintains its strength throughout the taste. The hop upfront is largely of a grapefruit nature with some hints of pine mixed within. The pine grows stronger in intensity as the taste advances and is joined by a little bit of an earthy taste as well. Right from the start there are also some caramel and chocolate flavors, which start out stronger and fade ever so slightly toward the end. With the transitions that occur during the taste, one is left with a rather nicely balanced and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. For the style the thicker body is fantastic for the darker and hoppier flavors of the brew all while the moderate carbonation is perfect for the sweeter flavors and for keeping it easier drinking overall.

Overall – This was a very easy drinking and enjoyably balanced black IPA. One to certainly try if you get the opportunity!!

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a fine one finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and lightly piney hops, a bit resiny, light cocoa and dark malt. Flavor follows, with citrus hops with light resiny pine notes, a good lightly toasted dark malt body and some slight fruit notes; hint of coffee. Finishes with well balanced malt, hops and fruit. Good creamy body and mouth feel. This bottle appeared to be a bit old, so I opened it with a bit of trepidation. I do think the hops may be a bit reduced, but even so, it is a quite nice, well balanced and tasty black ale. Classic Cascadian Dark Ale profile and would be exceptional with some more fresh resinous hops. Still enjoyed it as is and will watch for a newer bottle, will definitely buy again.

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Photo of neckbeered
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Yeti1979
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of elektronen
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Misajet90
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of leedorham
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DeekNayvuz
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of MyNameIsKennyP
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Jspriest
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of chrismw11
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of harrymel
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at brews on Washington in Spokane A: black, finger of tan foam, abysmal. Looks appropriate. Rings of lace. (3.5) S: coffee, citrus, resin, oats, robust porter like nose. A little hollow through the middle with soily, dry finish. (3) T: dry and muddled with coffee tones and nutty suggestions. Hops are bitter with some fruity and resiny notes. The juxtaposition of the profiles is a hare off. (3) M: full bodied with a little too much carb. Slick finish. (2.5) O: needs some tweaking, but a decent effort. (3)

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Last Cast Black IPA from Bitter Root Brewing
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 26 ratings