Black Boar IPA | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Black Boar IPA is both darkened and well-balanced by eight different malts. Dry hopped with Galena and Cascade hops, this big pig is smooth, majestic, and full of hop character.

Added by Slatetank on 05-08-2013

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Minusonehxc
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Review from notes taken awhile back. Thanks to Slatetank for the share. The brew pours a dark brown to black color with a few bubbles of khaki coloring across the top. A hint of reddish clarity is seen around the edges. Really agitating the glass releases a couple bubbles from solution. Zero lacing effect whatsoever.

The aroma is quite muted but what does emit from the glass gives me a feeling of cola of sorts, almost like root/birch beer. As it warms up and I really agitate the glass, a bit of fruity quality emerges caught somewhere between hops and alcohol esters. There is a touch of something like berries but I cant quite put my finger on it.

The flavor carries that same suggestion of cola but with an increased focus on roast and bitterness maybe even a hint of anise. As it warms up, a bit of a medicinal feel comes out of it caught between hops and fruity alcohol esters. The warmer the brew gets, it gets significantly more bitter leading into the suggested black ipa listing (which I never would have guessed from the initial impression.)

This is medium to lighter bodied and low in carbonation. Overall, I dont know what I think about this brew. I did not care for the strange cola aspect that was captured in it initially but as it warmed up and started to show signs of fruity hops/alcohol along with some roasted notes I didnt mind it as much. Thanks for sharing Matt.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of pweis909
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Lehigh Valley Airport. This was the last beer drawn from the keg, so it may have had some age to it.

A=looks the part for a black IPA - opaque, black, with tawny foam that laced the bottle as I drank.
S=surprisingly little to no hop aroma. See note above about age? Slight caramel and cocoa notes detected.
T=the caramel and cocoa also noted here. This beer is well balanced with regard to sweetness and bitterness.
M= I seem to have omitted notes about mouthfeel here. Lets call it non-distracting.
O= While not aggressively hoppy like some BIPAs, I like this beer. Often I find the aggressive hops and the roasts do not play well together, but this beer found balance. Maybe that is symptomatic of the age (hop character fades with time)? I think this beer might be better classified as a robust porter (where do you draw the line?), but regardless, I would have ordered it again if the keg hadn't drained.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of DocBrewroo
4.89/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed a couple of pints at the Harrisburg Brewpub location and I've gotta say they hit it out of the park with this one. Brilliant fragrant fresh hops on the nose, deep dark color, rich tan head and nearly perfect balance of hops and malt. Most brewers these days just overinfuse as much hoppiness as physically possible into their IPA's, but what I like about Lancaster is that they always balance their hopcentric brews with plenty of good solid malt backbone.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of joeboe2001
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Malts: 2 Row Barley, Munich 10, Crystal 60, Chrystal 45, Chocolate, Vienna, Victory, Midnight Wheat

Hops: Cascade, Galena, Hallertau

OG: 15.7

ABV: 6.6%

IBU: 50

Had this at the source (LBC) yesterday, have a growler to consume this evening. Rated mouth feel a little lower than other factors because it had that almost watery finish you often get with porters. Other than that it was rich and a little bit chocolate-y, and worthy of many happy returns (thus the growler). It was very picturesque upon presentation--nearly opaque blackness topped by a rich and creamy head.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color nearing on pitch black. Upon serving there is a two finger tan colored head. The head sticks around for quite some time slowly fading to leave a fantastic amount of clingy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The smell is delicious. It is heavy of roasted malt and chocolate with a nice balancing of grapefruit and pine hop smells.

Taste – A roasted malt with notes of a chocolate malt and a bit of vanilla sweetness are present upfront. A lighter grapefruit hop is present upfront but grows stronger as the flavor advances getting to a moderate strength by the end. In the end some roasted coffee flavors along with a bit of pine hop and an almost black licorice like flavor come to the tongue leaving a nice slightly bitter but quite pleasantly balanced flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to just slightly below average. The feel overall is very nice for the roasted malt and darker flavors of the brew all the while still maintaining a very easy drinking feel.

Overall – This is a really nice example of a black IPA. It’s very drinkable and flavorful in roasted malt and chocolate flavors with enough hoppiness to give it its IPA nature. Head over heels better than their Hop Hog IPA. Give it a go if you have a chance.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Harrisburg Location enjoyed in a Nonic.

The color is deep brown bordering on black with some translucent clarity at the base, but mostly opaque with thin tan cap and tight bead. The smell is fruity with black currant and slight pine elements with mild anise and gentle toasted malt odor. The feel is very good bright with hops and moderately carbonated with semi dry moderately full body and very light roasted essence.

The flavor is good with some citrus and spice from the hops but more stone fruit from the yeast with a mild coffee-like malt roastiness with some citrus elements and light dark berry. The flavor of the yeast adds depth with some malt toast from the malt supplementing the light pine tinge in the hop flavor. There is a slightly sweet maltiness in the finish. Overall I was pleased with Lancaster Brewing Company's black IPA, the first they have debuted to my knowledge is an improvement over the standard Hop hog in my opinion.

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Black Boar IPA from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 20 ratings