Toxic Sludge Black IPA | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Toxic Sludge Black IPAToxic Sludge Black IPA
BEER INFO

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

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: www.tristatebird.org
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
440
Reviews:
143
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 440 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The hops have faded somewhat, yet the shwartzbier, roasted black beer aroma and flavour remain. And so I get a somewhat citrus integrated shwartz. Good aroma, good colour and off-white head and lace. Very drinkable. Pleasant, below average as a straight out black ipa.Can from Steve in Warren. Middling mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger off white head on a clear deep amber body, a very attractive beer. Nice lacing an excellent retention. Roasted malts, caramel ad burnt toast. Not much in the way of hops which are mosty earthy. Although the flavor is very well balanced I feel both the malts and hops are understated. Hops are earthy, caramels dn hint if chocolate for sweetness on a roasted malt base. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, nicely balanced just feel the malts and hops are a bit weak with too simple a hop profile to be considered one of the better of this genre.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Easton Beerfest last fall. They had this one on tap and I heard people asking for it so I wanted to see what the hype was. This poured out as a dark muddy looking blackish brown brew. The head was thin and the lacing was weak. The aroma was nice though, plenty of hops and roasted malts on the nose. The taste followed along with the nose, it wasn't overly complex but still had a good flavor to it. The mouthfeel of this beer was a little light, I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was a little more like the oil that they're trying to stop from harming these animals. Overall it's still a pretty good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts with notes of citrus and hints of molasses. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather drinkable because it isn’t overly bitter or dry.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with the fudge brown liquid being capped by an inch of tan foam; leaves some patchy lace around the pint glass

Smell: Roasty and sweet malts, with piney hops in the back

Taste: Roasty malts dominate the front end, with sweeter caramel and chocolate building in the middle; after the swallow, the piney hops build though there is a metallic edge in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although the hop bill grew on me half way through, this is just a middling example of the style

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/15/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense light tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, floral, grass, light pine, toast, and brown bread. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; much weaker than I expected for the style. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, cocoa, roasted malt, pine, toast, brown bread, light char, floral, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, chocolate, pine, brown bread, light char, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of flavors with a nice malt/hop balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Black IPA offering. Good complexity and balance of flavors, and very smooth to drink. This was not as robust as I expected for the style, but it was still a pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a stanard pint a deep cola color with a 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop.Dark roast and earthy tones with mild bitter chocolate upfront in the nose,piney hops come into play late and linger well.Dry and roasty on the palate mixing with piney hops,light bitter chocolate as well,like others have said it seems more like a hopped up porter.It's not bad but again it seems more of a porter than a IA in my opinion.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours essentially pitch black, semi rich head with decent lacing.

Nose of dark malts, grassy and earthy as well as a bit spicy and herbal hop.

Taste brings more hops, earthy, grassy, herbal, chewy, spicy hops, with some bitterness, as well as a bit of sweet malts, not a heavy malt taste, but dark malts, a bit of bready toasty malts, a light roasted chocolate. Decent bitter and malty hop finish. The flavors don't combine as well as they could.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, some minerality with the dark malts and bitterness combined, and fairly bitter overall, but not bad.

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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 dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque extremely dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light tan head that slowly reduces and condenses to a very large patch (covering the majority of the surface of the beer) of thick film, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with a touch of molasses sweetness. That is followed by a moderate to strong amount of citrus/grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Light to moderate bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry, especially in the finish.

O: This beer is very easy to drink with a pleasant flavor and aroma - there is a hop presence but it is not overly aggressive.

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

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours black (ruby comes out along the edges) with a finger of foamy light-mocha head. This maintains some richness to the look, leaving back frothy sticky lace that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral and citric, with a good bit of chocolate mixed in. Roast pushes up from underneath giving this a light crunchiness in the nostrils.

The taste has an assertive green citric bite, balanced across the back by sweet notes of chocolate and caramel malts. Dark roasted coffee character is mostly confined to the finish, where it hangs with some leftover bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and over sharp feeling in the mouth, the whole way through. That 7% feels about right on target here, giving the body some oomph but still keeping any alcohol warmth at a distance.

This was a decent take on the style from Blue Point with a well balanced and fairly easy drinking mix of flavors. I just wish that the overall profiles put a bit more out there for you to wrap your palate around. This seemed a bit muted. I’m not sure if this was because of the age of the bottle or not. I’d be willing to reinvestigate this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from indiapaleale, cheers Russ! Love the label! Average head retention & lacing

Pours mahogany/ebony with a finger of mocha head.

S: Grapefruit, dark fruit & a touch of toasty malt

T: Grapefruit & lemon, charred wet grain & a touch of molasses up front, plus dryness. Chocolate & a touch of dark fruit as this warms, along some booze warmth mixing in with the grapefruit, slight toasty malty flavor & pine needles as well. Finishes with piney & herbal hops. a bit of apricot & a Kiss of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation & good balance

Drinks too easy, not a great example of the style, but session-worthy & one I will buy again if fresh & available

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cuzco for this one!

A: Poured into a pint glass. Very dark black with a frothy two finger mocha colored head. Dissipates down to one finger (pretty vigorous pour), and lasts for a very long time. Sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: At first I really only get some grapefruit citrus, but as the beer warms there is a little bit of roasted malt, and some dark fruit.

T: There is some roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate, and some dark fruit, I think figs and prunes. Not much citrus or pine at all, seems like the hops disappeared, even though they are prominent in the aroma.

M/D: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. It is on the creamier side. Overall, not great and unbalanced. The nose seemed one sided, being mostly hop driven, and the flavor was malt driven. Too bad, because the appearance is amazing.

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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 smithj4
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – A great looking brew. Gemstone mahogany with ruby highlights. Thick, creamy, bone-white head lasts a lifetime leaving sheets of lace throughout the drink.

S – Roasty malt with a delicious, smooth, earthy hop character.

T – Char up front rolls seamlessly into a bold woody hop flavor. Strong roast flavors carry through a semi-bitter finish. Not overly complex, but what’s there is delicious and well executed.

M – Full body has a great smoothness.

O – Best example of the style I’ve had to date.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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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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