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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Ratings: 440 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of albertjr21
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first shot at a Black IPA and I poured it into a pint glass on 3.6.11.

A: Color is dull and black with just the lightest hue of garnet. A nice off-white frothy head sits a top.

S: Contrary to its look, for the most part, the aroma is filled with sweet peach nectar noted citrus hops balanced by just the lightest roasted malt note.

M/T: You could drink this blindfolded and swear you're drinking a smooth golden amber American IPA. Bright complementary malt and upfront hop citrus juiciness blend well here for a solid session IPA...I am also very happy to have supported Blue Point with this cause...

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with off white foam. Lacing. Pine smell. Light. Mild hoppy taste buried in a thin dark malt. Some chocolate notes - quite smooth. Hoppiness pokes through as beer warms.

Pretty good - and for a good cause.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, with a slight glimmer of red and a big, gooey white head.

S: Impressively potent leafy hops. Cascade? Dark malt is dominated by the herbal hop load.

T: Roasted dark malt, some bitter coffee, and leafy green hops. Flavor also reminds me of the old school West Coast IPAs in terms of hop profile. Finish is long, very bitter and charred. The bitterness becomes a bit off-putting for me after about 10oz.

M: Medium body with ample fine carbonation. Smooth and well done.

Not a huge fan of this style, but liked the name as well as the cause. Turns out it's a pretty good beer. Also, was surprised at how well the hops have held up on this so far. Thanks for including this one Dave!

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured deep dark ruby brown with a medium light tan head.

S - My initial nosing was almost nothing until I let the brew sit a little while. That's when the hops began to come through. Mild citrus.

T - Crisp ad dry, not as creamy as the appearance might suggest, but has a very hoppy finish hedging towards grapefruit/citrus taste.

M - I found this to be a crisp and drinkable brew where the malt and hops taking a more segregated existence with the malt taking the roll of opener with hops playing the closer.

Overall a very decent quality brew.

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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 Durge
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark black/mahogany color into the pint glass with a decent tan head and plenty of lacing. The aroma reaches out with skunky roasted malt and a slightly chocolatey herbal hop. Edible and very pleasant. The flavor offers skunk cabbage and hickory roasted malt. It's medium bodied and offers spritely carbonation for a lively feel with a somewhat dry finish. Modestly drinkable.

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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 CrazyMacHarris99
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost jet black with a hint of brown around the edges. The head starts out at about 3/4" and whittled down to a light skin on the beer. The smell is amazing! There are so many different aromas that definitely work together. There is the initial hop aroma of citrus and pine but mixes very well with the slight coffee and chocolate from the dark malts. These two aromas work very well together. The taste starts out with the strong hop bite of an IPA but it mellows out in to a great mix of citrus and chocolate. There is a slight hint of coffee bitterness mixed with the sharp hop bitterness. Two different styles mixing perfectly. The mouthfeel is the perfect yin and yang as well. There is an easy drinking IPA melded perfectly a smooth, velvety oatmeal stout. I love this style and this is a great representation.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is appropriately named with its nearly opaque body with deep brown hues and a densely laced tan head that is very patient to subside.

Earthy and pine hops highlight the aroma with smoky roasted malt and a touch of mocha.

There is a battle between the smoky malt and earthy hops on the palate with hints of grass and pine.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a drying finish; this beer is smooth, yet very present on the palate.

I am not sure exactly where this fits into the style, but it is a good beer. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a dark cola-like brown color with a flufy 2 finger head that slowly settles, leaving sticking lace as it goes down. Vanilla and caramel in the nose with a very slight hoppy character aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet start with a mix of roast and caramel that then transitions to a hop bitterness that lingers on. I love the fact that this beer is for a good cause but as a beer it is really not that memorable. The hop characteristic is pretty laid back and takes a back seat to the roastedness.

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Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with 2-finger chocolate cream head. Thin retention and sparse lace. Fairly light carbonation.

Nose is black patent with hints of licorice and mocha. Herbal hops underneath, not so strong.

Light mocha hit, followed by cream and a strong hint of anise. Chocolate in the finish with herbal hops all over that. Slight burn from the abv.

Fell is a tad light for the robust flavors, but not a major discrepancy.

I'd definitely drink this one again. And might do that tonight.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC and was psyched to find this bottle recently.

Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights.Thin, tight head with nice lacing.

Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, coffee, grapefruit, lemon/lime and Play-Doh.

Taste is a nice combo of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. It leans on being sort of toasty/biscuity with nice citrus flavors as well. Two things that shouldn't go well together but do. This definitely has a finish that keeps me going back for more. Nice and well-rounded with plenty of great flavor and complexity.

As far as this relatively new style goes I'd say this is one of the examples I've liked the most.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: love the combo of hops and malts fighting together. Citrus and roasted malts highly present

taste: fairly balanced amer black. citrus flavor fromt he hops was there, could of used a little more.

mouthfeel: medium bodies

drinkability: nice beer... I love this style and they hit it. Not #1 by any means but very solid.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to wchollif for this bottle!

Nothing like grabbing a bottle of Toxic Sludge to drink, am I right, folks? It pours a dark garnet-tinged black-brown. The nose is a straight yin-yang of roasted malts, cocoa, pine, and lettuce. The taste takes a similar tack, though the pine sap mixes with a roasted celery sort of character, along with a strangely bitter dark chocolate and mild coffee combination. It does not mix particularly well. The body is a strict medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, not the best black IPA I've had, but it has its moments.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for helpin' the birds with this with this one.

This one pours a rather dark brown with twinges of ruby that shines through. There is a head that is ecru on the surface. The smell is of slight citrus hops upfront followed by notes of black licorice and caramel. The flavor reminds mostly of roast with the bitterness of hops in the background. The bitterness really takes over on the flavors here. This oddly gets easier to drink as it goes along, which is something that I really don't think is all that common for things that I've had. This beer was better than I expected due to the believed age of this beer.

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Photo of ElliotNess
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well at least the beer is helping out a noble cause for the birds of NOLA.

A decent IPA is the blind taste that I had. But I really love a good Black IPA with deep dark smokey accents, and extremely bitter hops. Unfortunately this was just an average IPA with less than standard hoppiness and no smoked feeling. The initial nose of the thick head was a hint of cocoa and light citrus. Yet the taste does not pull through. The hue of this dark beer was a deep filtered sludge. Well at least the name held strong.

Don't get me wrong solid, but disappointing.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black color with just a touch of brown with a finger of off-white head. The retention on the head was okay and there was some nice lacing left behind.

S - Heavy amount of sweet roasted malt and some nice piney/grassy hops. Touch of toffee and chocolate elements are also blended in.

T - Starts off with some sweet roasted carmel malt flavor with hints of grassy hop in the background. Also a bit of sweet brown sugar. Slight bitterness. Through the middle the hops gain some power and there is some very nice bitterness. The finish has a lot of flavors going on including some black licorice, chocolate/coffee taste, and some hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate to moderate-low amount of carbonation. Smooth and just a bit creamy. Slight dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. There is a nice balance here of malt and hop. There is a slight alcohol presence, but nothing that gets in the way of the beer. Overall very smooth and crisp.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours near black with a finger of head and wisps of lacing. Aroma is grassy and herbal with some crayon wax and bubblegum notes. The flavor is an improvement on the flavor with a light ashy malt and faint grassy hops. Not hugely hoppy which is good because I don't think that meshes well with the roasted malts. Just enough hops to satisfy the palate. A little watery in the flavor and mouthfeel, but overall a tasty beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to rageagainst123 for this!

Pours a super dark brown that looks basically black in the glass. A light tan/brown head of almost 2 fingers forms. Retention is great, lace is nice.

Aroma is nice and hoppy; piny and woodsy. Theres some sweetness of chocolate and malts in the background.

Bitter and floral hops up front. Smooth malts and roasted chocolate and bits of coffee in the middle and a nice hoppy and sweet chocolate finish.

Creamy, solid upper medium in body, pretty good carbonation.

Good drink. One of the more solid BIPA's ive had!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Georgetown Deli in Wilkes Barre with excellent reviews. Perhaps my expectations were set a bit too high?

Beautifully black and clear, with amber undertones. Very carbonated on the tongue, but a decent or reasonable head. Pleasant aroma including both hops and roasted malts. However I find the taste profile strange : "very sweet" followed immediately by "very bitter".

A pleasingly bitter finish, but overall the flavours aren't as well balanced as I'd hoped. Regardless, an excellent cause and I'm glad to have purchased more than one.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.00 bomber from Abe's.

Not really black, but dark brown, with light brown highlights. Billowing light tan head fills the top of my glass. Nice dripping lace effect.

Roast coffee with milk aroma, with maybe some earthy herbal hoppiness. Really smells like ice coffee.

Coffee with milk beginning. Then earthy hoppiness to the swallow and a softly lingering aftertaste.

Extraordinary smooth mouthfeel. Silky.

Drinks easy, smoothly.

A terrific beer, though far more porter than black IPA to me. Either way, worth a try.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a nice deep cola brown with fluffy tan head of 3 cm foaming up and fading gradually to a sturday surface layer.
Tight lattice persists throughout the sampling on the glass.
ARoma is caramel and toffee malts with some citrus but mostly earthy hops. Well balanced nose.
First sip reveals an average body with gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt almost to coffee ground status, with some drying dark cocoa on the finish. I dont get nearly the hops that I anticipated from the nose and style. But there are some mild earth notes and bits of citrus grapefruit, but mostly malt profile on the flavor.
The beer is well balanced and intersting. No hints of ABV and the smooth texture make this easy to drink. I would enjoy another bottle of this highly drinkable brew!

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Photo of robhunta
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear brown/black, thin head, lingers & leaves nice lacing.

S - fruity, bitter hops aromas

T - Carmel, toffee, roasted malts & citrusy, bitter hops

M - light & smooth

D - highly drinkable, though the dark malts & high bitterness make it savory, drinkable, but i prefer to savor each sip.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, bitter hops, and slight caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Pretty nicely balanced with a good flavor and aroma going on. This was a pretty nice representation of the style, but not the best of the style. Worth trying at least once if you can find it.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber received in a trade with JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks Joe. This is my first black IPA. Poured into a pint glass. A gigantic three fingers of sudsy head tops this dark dark IPA. The head burns up in a blaze of large bubbles that leave some lacing on the glass. The brew is a stout-dark deep walnut hue, closing in on black. Up close, a lot of carbonation is visible.

Upon first whiff, the scent is hopped up like an IPA. Closer examination reveals a lush palate of roasted malts, citrus and floral hops, black licorice, raisins and the slightest hint of chocolate. I also smell alcohol.

As this is my first black IPA, I don't know exactly what the stylistic norm is. I do know that my senses are pretty confused. It smells more or less like an IPA and tastes more or less like a porter. The initial attack is roasted malt with a little earthiness. It starts slightly sweet and quickly turns bitter. There's a minor citrus tone that is clashing with a licorice bite that is a little abrasive. I do notice the alcohol. It's not overbearing, though I could wish that it were a little better hidden. The IPA label is maintained in the subtle citrus and lingering bitterness of this brew.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. It's about right for a porter, but perhaps a bit light for an IPA. It's pleasantly malty in the mouth and the carbonation is good.

The drinkability is okay, but my palate is really confused by the style. Interestingly, the other beer I received in this trade was Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. While I would classify that brew as a hoppy stout, Toxic Sludge is definitely a stouty IPA. Both blurred the stylistic line a bit, but ultimately I don't think it works quite as well on this side of the fence. It looks as though this was a one-time limited release brew (proceeds benefited oilslick bird rescue efforts) so I'm really glad that I got to try this as I may never see it again. The stylistic clashes and slight booziness come off as being a bit harsh but I would still love to get my hands on another bottle to cellar for a bit. I'd be really interested to see what this does with some age if the hops and alcohol mellowed a bit.

Thanks again Joe. This isn't something I'll see every day.

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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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