Toxic Sludge Black IPA | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Toxic Sludge Black IPAToxic Sludge Black IPA

Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
While birds of a feather stick together, their wings should not. We blew our cap seeing images of oilslick seabirds and thinking about what may happen to more of our fine, feathered-friends as they migrate south this fall, so we hatched this flighty idea for a specialty brew called 'Toxic Sludge'.
All of the proceeds will benefit Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research's "Spreading Our Wings" campaign and their efforts to build a Wildlife Response Annex. To learn more, please visit:
In times of crisis (like this) we figure you can either hibernate or participate.
Try this tasty, dry-hopped Black IPA, it's as smooth as water off a duck's back. So everytime you drink one, please let out a loud squawk in honor of our beautiful, beaked brethen.
We hope you can dig deep in your hearts (and pockets) to help support the effort.
Be Well,
Mark & Pete

Added by mcallister on 08-04-2010

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mahogany brown where only the brightest of light can pass through the center on the glass. Ample beige head which leaves a web of lace.

Dark, burnt toast aroma. Light lactose and unsweetened cocoa to the nose as well.

Lots of black patent malt to start the taste. The bitter swallow comes mostly from this but I get a touch of hop bitterness as well. The aftertaste I would describe as unsweetened cocoa. Lots of carbonation with a moderate body. Overall, a dry and bitter dark ale that doesn't give one all the elements of a black IPA.

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Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep brown color.

The beer offers resiny hops up front, fresh pine, hints of grapefruit peel, hints of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium texture. The bitterness is medium to medium plus with some lingering leafy green flavors complimented by medium minus malty sweetness.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a pint can. A tar-like appearance yields a hoppy, citrus flavor with a strong malt backbone. Somewhat sweeter than I was expecting, but solid overall

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Roast grain and herbal, resiny hop nose.
Pours brilliant deep dark brown under a 1" finely bubbled light tan tinted foam cap.
A creamy palate balances roast with mild chocolate and caramel notes with herbal citrusy hop flavors and a moderate, drying hop accent on the finish.
Medium light body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, some chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, chocolate and maple which make this beer seem more like a brown IPA than a black one. The hops presence is mild for the style. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation style, it’s a good beer but it certainly does not seem like a “Black IPA”.

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Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can $3 in NYC bodega on way to ferry.

Black IPA - Toxic Sludge 7% by Bluepoint LI
They make pretty good wine east on Long Island NY.
I have enjoyed everything from this brewer so far. I wish for a better name for this beautiful beer, but they give portion of profits to sea bird refuge and rescue. Bravo!

A: Perfect, dark body, but a creamy, rich, lasting, lacing tan head. A looker 4
S: Subtle. Malt is plenty present as in any roast beer, and a fine hop overlay that is salt hay, spicy, masculine. 3.5
T: Where this beer shines best. Perfect with pizza or oysters, the ABV and body stand up well to coastal foods. More salt than sweet, plus bitter chocolate. Reminds me of the great oyster stout from Flying Dog, but this beer is bigger, and more hoppy. A bit salty boardwalk (Wood, char, targ, salt, sand, decay) but in a very good way. 4.
MF: Creamy, long, minerally, based on excellent well water. 4
O: 4
Must try, original, if you like your beers masculine. One of the best in a favorite style.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

By and large the best thing is how it looks but that's really not a compliment. Dark with a nice light head. The smell was okay with a bit of yeast on the nose and a bit of the hops. The taste was okay with a bit of pine and then a clean finish. I found this beer to be a bit forgettable to be honest. For a black IPA it's very good, but then again it's not a style I point out to others that often. If you're a fan of the style, give it a try and you might be surprised, others may want to try something else first.

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Photo of PeterParker
2.37/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours dark reddish brown with a finger of head that vanishes without a trace. While dark for an IPA, I would not consider this black.

Subtle hop aroma first, followed by some malt hints, and a tiny bit of pine at the end. May be detecting some Belgian yeast too?

This may just be too cold since it's right out of the fridge, but this is very lackluster. Not really getting anything discernible except an iota of yeast and a basic hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Extremely underwhelming. Definitely need to give this some time to warm up.

Thin with medium carbonation.

I'm going to let this warm up, but as of now it leaves much to be desired. This is my issue with cans. It's too cold to taste!

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Blue Point's Toxic Sludge Black IPA last week for $1.29 at The Beer Depot. I've been meaning to try this beer, but I every time I saw some it looked like it had been sitting on the shelf for a while, but the guy at the beer store said they got it at the end of November, so I thought it was worth a try, lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a brown 16oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks ok, I think it's fairly eye catching but I don't like the fact that it says extremely fresh on the can, it's not always going to be fresh. It poured a crimson brown color that took on more of a crimson and ruby hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky sheets of lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a sweet malt, grainy, light roasted malts, bready, and chocolate like aromas with the grainy and chocolate aromas seeming to stick out the most and there's also a pretty noticeable caramel like aroma in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a mixture of floral and earthy hops with a slight piney hop aroma in the background. This beer had a nice aroma, there was a good balance of malts and hops aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lighter amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart a bready, grainy, lightly roasted, and light chocolate flavors with a slight bit of doughy yeast in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart some floral and earthy hop flavors with the earthy hops sticking out the most and the impart a a pretty low amount of medium bitterness with a grainy, lightly roasted and earthy hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but i wish the roasted malt and the hops were both bolder.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, a little sticky, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a slightly above average example of a Black IPA, it wasn't bad at all, but I found myself wishing that the malts were more rich, bolder and roasty and I thought the hop profile could have been a little more complex and impart more hoppy flavors, but it's far from the worst Black IPA and I would say that as a whole it's pretty solid. What I liked the most about this beer was that it was fairly true to style and it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style. What I liked the least about this beer was that the hops and malts weren't bolder, I think they were both a little weaker then they should be. I might buy a can of this when I'm in the mood for a Black IPA and I would for sure buy another one if I knew it was really fresh. I would recommend giving this a try if you like Black IPAs, but I don't think it's a stand out in the style. All in all I thought this beer was solid, it wasn't the best or the worse of the style, but it didn't have any off flavors or anything that was too far off for the style. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into my Night Shift tulip.

Pours a deep cola color with a frothy off-white head. Poor head retention, fades over the course of about a minute to a thin sudsy ring around the beer. Spotty lacing.

In the nose, notes of sweet bready malt, cola, earthy hops, and semisweet chocolate. Not what I was expecting at all, more like some of the barleywines I've had than anything else.

Taste more or less follows the nose. Bitter earthy hops, espresso roastiness, lightly charred wood, bittersweet chocolate, and light bready malts. Very subtle hints of grapefruit pith, more prominent in the finish. Again, maybe I'm just missing all the IPA notes here...this drinks more like a hoppy porter than a proper IPA.

Mouthfeel is thin, although carbonation is nicely balanced. Finishes pleasantly dry.

On the whole...this one was weird. Not bad, but not quite what I'd call an "IPA", per se. Maybe I'm just biased by having gotten to try some phenomenal Cascadian Black Ales in the past (Founders' Inspired Artist comes to mind), but this one was just a little off for me. Still a respectable effort.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 4- can't really knock the appearance, dark brown/black beer with a nice thick film of bubbles on top that leaves good lacing.
S - 3.5 - Some floral hops. Bready malts.
T - 3.5 - Floral hops. Skunkiness. Bready malts.
M - 3.5 - Light-medium. Alc covered @ 7%. Aftertaste is floral hops, hop bitterness.
O - 3.5 - It's alright, but it's missing the dark malt character in the aroma and taste. Hops are there but not very complex.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-can. pint.

A: Brazilian cherry pour produces a glass consuming sandy-khaki colored head with a spongy texture of 4 finger magnitude. Carbonation looks scarce with exception of a few isolated stragglers of rising slowly about. The head is porous, especially along the edges with giant voids of air pockets, the lacing is sloppy and chunky, spacious spots visually on the vessel. A giant foamy iceberg of foam sits steadily on the surface, stubbonly remaining for a good portion of the drink. Even in the glass is more of a dark amber/cherry then black coloring.

S: Aroma of dried cola, tree bark, root beer and pine of average regards can be had on the nose.

T: The flavor is piney, with a toasted caramel-cola highlight, sweet speciality grain mention with a hint of chocolate. Back end of warming flowery hop cones, pine, cardamon with a spicy warm nuttiness and toffee dried sweetness. Some cypress and lightly scorched pine wood rounds things out.

M: The mouthful feels a bit light at first, gaining some substance to a light-medium consitency with a oily creaminess texture about it. Fair amount of carbonation, light chewiness with a malty-cola pine warmth off the tongue.

O: Overall a decent black ipa with a warming toasted caramel hoppiness, fairly smooth to drink with an easy rate of consumption, much more so then a name like toxic sludge would let you believe. Wont knock you over with its hoppiness, but has some sweet malty nature to balance. Abv seems very relaxed for 7.00%. Recliner beer.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours almost pitch black with a finger of brown foam that coats the sides of the glass. Aroma is nicely hoppy, with grassy and earthy tones.

First sip has a rush of plum sweetness quickly followed by a nice earthy hop flavor. Finishes bitter, but not tongue curling. There is substantial body and residual sweetness to this brew, which helps balance the hop flavor and bitterness quite nicely.

An all around solid brew. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cola color with a 1 inch head. Lots of thick lacing on this one. Smell is mostly of hops. Taste is roasted malts up front, bitter, hops kicking in at the finish. A good balance. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ok, weed-wacking is done for the day; lunch has been eaten.... Let the shenanigans commence... Part one today is a 16oz can of Toxic Sludge, enjoyed out in the 'Zebo...

Poured slowly into an imperial nonic, it is rather foamy. Color is a clear, deep chestnut; too dark to espy any carbo. Head is a creamy, rocky, 1" layer of tan foam, slowly receding with nicve lace left in its wake. Aroma is a roasty/choco mix, with minimal hopping detected. The bier feels fairly smooth, but the body is a smidge on the thinner side of medium.

Flavor starts off with more choco/roasty action, plus some light malty sweetness. It has some mild , charred bitterness, then ides into some floral hoppiness. There's also a bit of rindy citrus thrown into the mix. Though I have had better BIPAs, this isn't bad... Prosit!!

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pretty tasty black IPA with a decent amount of interesting notes. The only shortfall for me is it's just a tad thin. But I enjoyed the taste regardless. Not my favorite black ale, but still a decent beer, with hints of black currant, tar, bitter chocolate. A pretty easy drinker too. Not bad.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can purchased in CT in 1/13, unknown canning date (likely late 2012) poured into my Weyebacher chalice glass, drank on 6/13/13 over a half-hour.

A: 4.50 - dark-brown-to-black coloration, no clarity (cannot see through), tannish-brown rocky head lingers through consumption, moderate alcohol legs

S: 4.50 - likely due to the age of this beer, there is very little hop aroma, but, on digging my nose in there, I definitely pick up grapefruit notes admixed with roasted, coffee-ish malts

T: 4.00 - minimal bitterness on the front of the tongue; in the middle of the mouth, there are little hop flavors (probably due to the long tooth on my can) but picking up some with tons of roasty, caramel-ish malts; on the back end, these roasted malt character predominate; very little aftertaste

M: 4.00 - moderate bodied, 7% is present but does not dominate; higher carbonation than other American black IPAs/CDAs that I've drank lately

O: 4.25 - although I don't like the style very much, Toxic Sludge is one of the better black IPAs/CDAs on the market; even though my can is dated, this is one of the roastier/malt-forward black IPAs, so, if you're looking for a hop-forward example of the style, this is not the one to try (I would suggest Firestone Walker's Wookie Jack IPA for a hop-forward example of the style); nevertheless, I enjoy this beer and will continue to purchase on subsequent encounters

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a standard pint glass.
One of my customers told me this tasted like if Guinness and an IPA had a child together, so I am intrigued and looking forward to seeing if he was correct in his assessment.

AP: 1" foamy light tan head that dwindles down to 1/4" with good lacing on the side of the glass. Colour is brown like a light stained wood with some red hues.
AR: Smells a bit like a Guinness with roasted grains/malts/barley being the first aroma to hit my senses. There's sweet aromas in this as well, but nothing fruity. More like caramel and toffee and a sweet cinnamon roll. Ah, make that cinnamon roll with orange marmalade on it. In the background are Earthy hops. Smells like it could be a Barleywine.
T: Roasted grains/barley to start, reminiscent of Guinness, but that doesn't last long. Brown and black bread are the next flavours I discern. The sweet aromas aren't as prominent in the taste. There's a hint of toffee, caramel and orange just before the finish when the hops come in. The hop bitterness is balanced, not too much and not too little. I get a tiny bit of bitter chocolate at the end.
M: Rather light in body and it's pretty carbonated in the mouth. Dry finish is nice.
OV: A decent brew if you like roast and hops that are more Earthy/herbal than citrus.

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Photo of Mister_Falcon
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a ruby-brown color into a pint glass with a three-quarter inch head. I smell hops! Wonderfully balanced hop to malt character. Roasted malt flavor, bitterness of some hops, tons of carbonation. Feels very crisp on the tongue and goes down easy like a coke on a hot summer day. This is a delicious beer.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: A very dark brown with good clarity. The thick head is made of long lasting, light tan rocky bubbles that leave a sticky lacing on he glass.

S: A medium citrus hops aroma with a moderately-strong grassy note from dry hopping. There are medium-low malt aromas of sweetness and chocolate. A strong alcohol character brings a bit of floral note towards the back.

T: The bitterness dominates with a medium-strong hops bitterness and a a fairly strong citrus hops flavor. There is a bit of the malt sweetness coming through with a low chocolate and coffee note. The balance is very bitter, overly so with out enough malt to support it. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is all citrus hops and long, lingering bitterness.

M: A somewhat creamy, medium bodied beer with a moderately strong level of carbonation. A light bit of harsh prickle on the palate and some warmth in the back of throat.

O: This is an unbalanced beer with a harsh bitterness, but it drinks better when not too cold. It does have a lot of hops with some dark grain character but it just come together more so because of too much C hops. That being said I'd still try this beer if I found it on tap.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to korguy123 for this can. Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured very dark amber; opaque in the middle. One finger of bubbly dirty white head.

S - Coffee and roast are the dominant aromas with some sweet chocolate and piney hop notes also present.

T - Bitter coffee and roast up front with a huge piney hop presence. Some sweet cocoa and brown sugar notes help balance out the bitterness.

M - Medium body with some sticky hop oils present. Light carbonation.

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Photo of wedge
2.72/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut with a large, slowly deflating head of dense foam. Vaguely hoppy aromas backed by some chocolaty roasted malt. The hops are primarily of the floral, grassy, leafy variety...the more it warms, the more bittersweet, dark chocolate takes over. Tastes of grassy, dried fruit, earthiness, cocoa, and molasses. The malt seems thinner here and there's not enough hop flavor to justify the bitterness. The cryptic code on the bottom of the can isn't a clear date, so I have no idea how fresh this is. There's something sort of amateur homebrew-ish about this that's pretty disappointing.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large wine glass. Color was a very dark reddish brown, that was almost black. It was fairly translucent, with a thick foamy dirty white head. Head left solid lacings on the sides of the glass. Aroma was malty, with a bit of sour hops, finishing up as a tad of floral sweet. Flavor was a watery grain, with a small touch of hoppy bite in the end. Came through watery in the mouth, didn't coat much at all. Overall not bad, but didn't stand out. Was a bit lacking in the flavor

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Photo of shand
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Toxic Sludge is a fantastic looking black IPA, it pours out brown with high clarity and a large mocha head. The aroma is richly malty with a solid dose of citrus and pine hops. The taste is rather balanced, with a nice roastiness that reminds me of an Irish Dry Stout. There's also a substantial amount of hops that balance everything out. The strong pine flavors are very well integrated. The mouthfeel is fairly highly carbonated and medium bodied, and the drinkability is fantastic. Overall, Toxic Sludge is one of the better balanced Black IPAs I've had. It's very tasty without relying on the hops overpowering the dark malts.

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Photo of Ego
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

black ? sludge ? maybe the toxic moniker will come through because the rest is just not a good description...
dark brown with some ruby hues, pretty clean looking in terms of clarity, a good amount of head rises up, around the 2 finger range and you know what? it decided to stay around without even a proper invite (rude bastard)...
good lacing and nice uniform microbubbles make a nice night cap for the top of this beer...
so the look is sort of give and take.

hoppy. in the more herbally-honey variety, almost some dry stout tones in there also, not much else for me to expound on

taste etc...
the carbonation seems a bit much, this drinks pretty smooth, there is some hop character, some malt presence, a hint of chocolate.. and that is pretty much it, mostly hints of this or that, nothing memorable is going on
the hops have a decent bite, and there is some warming from the ABV

this beer is OK, not bad in any sense but nothing special. some nice hop punch and good ABV kick but it just seems to be missing an all around mission.

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Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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