Bludgeon Yer Eye PA | Short's Brewing Company

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Bludgeon Yer Eye PABludgeon Yer Eye PA

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dudecandle on 10-19-2010

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 276
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from undated bottle to pint glass. The beer pours a pitch lack with some dark brown edges when held to the light. 1 finger cream/off-white head with some retention and minimal lacing. The nose is a pleasant mix of roasted malt, chocolate, and citrus hop character. Hints of pine and grapefruit and residual sweetness as well. Similarly, the flavor starts with a rush of roasted malt followed quickly by a mild sweetness and bitterness. The citrus, pine, and earthy character of the hops come through in the middle. The beer finishes mildly bitter with lingering chocolate malt character. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Somewhat dry. Overall, a solid offering.

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Photo of gustogasmic
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a quick-forming and quick-dissapearing one inch cappuccino-colored head. body is, dark, dark brown, cloudy dark brown-black.

Smells sweet and slightly boozy. Enticing, sweet, strong odor. Lots of dark roses.

Tastess wonderful- both dark and floral. Darkness is the roasted, smoky flavors of the malts, floral is the complex and forward hoppiness that is (barely) tempered by the smoothness of the malt bill. Lingers both citrus and coffee... you know some drink their coffee black with a wedge of lemon, Ukranians ,I hear.

Feels watery at first but then the malts come in and stick the beer (and bitterness of the hops) to your mouth. I love it; I could see someone hating it. It's carbon; roasted and burned yet floral, a black IPA that is certainly black in flavor. delicious and specific and bold in concept, as i've come to expect from the prolific Short's brewery.

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Photo of riored4v
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Pitch black body with a very thin, off-white head that faded quick. No lacing.

Aroma had a nice amount of roast along with a great citrusy hop aroma. Notes of pine and grapefruit come forward. Some mild malty sweetness as well.

Taste was roasty up front that turned to a mild sweetness followed by a nice hoppy profile. Good amount of citrus and floral hops, with grapefruit really coming forward. Finished a touch on the bitter, but not overpowering. Notes of chocolate and burnt malts.

Medium body with medium carb. Mildly dry finish.

Overall a decent brew with the expectations you would hope for out a black IPA. Nice hoppy profile with some roasty malt flavors. Enjoyable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with some brown mixed in and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is bursting with citrus and earthy hops with some roasted and lightly burnt malts and some smoke.

T - Starts off with a nice kick of citrus hops with some grapefruit flavor and some bitterness alongside some roasted caramel malts and a hint of smoke. Through the middle, some more earthy hops come through with more citrus flavor as well and some stronger bitterness. The finish continues the big hop trend with some stronger earthy hops, plenty of bitterness, with some smoky and burnt malts.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bit bitter and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big hop flavor that is a bit unbalanced, but I really find myself enjoying the boldness of it.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep dark ruby red with some dark brown highlights. The light brown head is thin and splotchy.

S- Pine, grass, oats, and a bit of smoke and roastiness. Like a smoky Gumballhead.

T- Same as the aroma with a bit more emphasis on the roastiness. The bitterness is pretty apparent, in true Short's fashion.

M- A nice creamy mouthfeel right up front but it falls thin on the finish. There is a definite lasting bitterness and smokiness.

O- A very unique beer that is nice for something different but it is not something I would really seek out.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt,charcoal, grapefruit, pine and light orange zest. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of charcoal, roasted malt, pine and grapefruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter roasty finish.

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Photo of TheStove
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Nice deep black color. Ridiculously opaque like a heavy stout with a nice white lingering head.

Smells of deep hops mellowed with a little malt. Nice, rich and smooth. Tasty substantial malt flavors come through initially. Many layers of malt, in fact, from rich, slight chocolate and sweet. It all finished off by a lingering malt flavor with a mix of hops, that fades from slightly citrus and floral to bitter. The hop flavors act as an excellent comparison to the malts as the drink goes down.

Enjoyable and almost more a hoppy stout. Stands up to the Speakeasy Butchertown Black ale that recently came out as a complex multi-layered IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark chocolate brown. Not entirely opaque, I can see through at certain angles on this in a pint glass.

S: Aroma of a freshly bittered IPA with a healthy dosing of patent and other dark roast malts.

T: Taste is pretty bitter. I think this may be overly bitter when compared to the aroma hops that are present in here. Overall a slightly refreshing black ipa on a nice fall day after blowing leaves. The finishing taste is overwhelmingly bitter dark roasted malts. Toffee and a strong black licorice flavor are also ever present.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation.

O: Definitely more bitter and charcoal flavored than I like an American Black Ale to be.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

black as night opaque liquid. You could tell it was not that thick though as there was some light getting through on the sides and bottom. A nice off white head formed on the top, maybe about two inches in height. Sticky and foamy it gradually relented and rested back down to about a half inch layer across the top and this hung around for the rest of the session.

pine aromas, Almost ripping the nose apart, very good indeed. Now there was some underlying roasted malts in there as well. Now to be honest this was nothing extraordinary, nothing really new, and nothing really absurd Somewhat sweet in the finish at first, but that lasts for all of about two seconds before your lips stick to your teeth and the dry bitterness kicked in.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a creamy off-white head. Great retention which lasts for the entirety of the glass. Lets some light through with a ruby hue, but mostly opaque. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Aroma is mostly hops. Mainly grapefruit, with some faint notes of citrus that are much milder, almost floral. You can smell the malt in there balancing the hops, but it doesn't really impart much to the aroma. Perhaps a very faint aroma of dark chocolate, but not very noticeable.

T - Quite a strange taste, especially the first few sips (in a good way). All of the flavours seem to hit you at once. You've got the bitterness and kick from the grapefruit hops, with a fruity citrus sweetness in the middle (which is much more pronounced then those subtle citrus aromas in the nose), and at the same time you have a heavily roasted malt base. Having all of these flavours come out simultaneously gives it a much heavier taste than I was expecting. The sweetness dies off quickly upon swallowing, but the finish lasts for quite a while and consists of the grapefruit hops and roasted malts.

M - As I mentioned, the palate really gives it a heavier presence. Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

O - A rather solid BIPA. Not my favourite, as the sweetness in the middle kind of threw it off a bit for me, but it's a nicely balanced BIPA that I would certainly like to try again.

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Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, but appears jet black in the glass. Forms a sizable khaki colored head. Good retention and some light lacing.

S: Licorice and mint. Odd. There are some bright fragrant hops in there, but against the roasty malts, I guess it comes off as licorice.

T: Surprisingly sweet on the front end. More mint. Roasted malts, even a slight bit of char sits on the tongue. Cooca mixed with a piney hoppiness. Mild, but persistent, bitterness on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body with appropriate carbonation. However, the roasted malts give this beer a somewhat dirty, chalky feel.

O: Not sure what to think about this one. Too much of both, not enough of either. Than there is that weird minty flavor. All in all, not a bad beer, but not such a good one either.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth tulip. Thanks to biga7346 for hooking it up.

A: Pours very dark brown with three fingers of dark khaki head that took its time fading into a thin film that left a sticky network of lacing down the glass.
S: Very strong and fresh notes of grapefruit citrus and pineapple. I get a note or two of tangerine and pine as well. Very hoppy and citrusy smelling.
T: Flavor is still full of fresh citrus hops but there is large amount of roasted malt and chocolate balancing it out. The finish is lightly bitter with flavors of pine resin, and the aftertaste is similar to bitter dark chocolate.
M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, decent bitterness, moderate carbonation.
O: One of the better ones I’ve had and a pretty good beer despite this not being one of my favorite styles. Thanks again Austen!

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Photo of BBP
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thicker black than most BIPAs but not much. Head is decent as is lacing and sticks around for most of the drink.

The aroma is really bad, as much as the taste would suggest differently. I really can't think of a better way to describe the aroma than fecal matter. Luckily, it's light enough that it doesn't interfere with the drinking experience.

I found the taste was superbly balance, perhaps moreso than any BIPAs I've had to date. The malt and hops seemed to come to a perfect 50:50. While most BIPAs are hoppy stouts or IPAs with dark malt, I think this would be the consummate BIPA.

There's plenty of dark and roasty malt as well as it's share of pine and citrus, and they're all there immediately and in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, but a tad full at the same time. Carbonation works its wonders without drawing any attention to itself and it hides its tracks as well. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this was probably the most skillfully made BIPA I've had to date. I've had some that have had more flavor than this but I don't think anything comes close to the balance this one achieved.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle; Flick's Liquors; in a tumbler.

A: The black ale is appropriate, a deep cola/coffee brown that verges on black. Darker crimson colors come through near the base of my glass. An off-white head serves as a visually appealing contrast. Lacing follows as the head recedes, thick sheafs all around the tumbler.

S: Wow! That's a strong aroma! Sweet and bittersweet chocolate and coffee, maybe even lactic sweetness, mix with a rich grapefruit citrus aroma. Very sweet with dark bitterness at every turn. I really can't tell which aspect stands out more, or which one I like more.

T: Stout up front, hops in the back, beer's version of a mullet. The stout is rich, dark with chocolate and burnt malts. A lactic smoothness cuts into the malts but is quickly enveloped by the citrusy hops. The citrus quickly ramps up, adding a bitter sweetness. The grapefruit cuts through the stout nicely, a sweetness that yields back to the deeply roasted grains. The parting shot of deep roast and sweet hops is nice.

M: Another winner, bringing together a richly roasted stout and a huma lupa bite. With every sip, my faith is restored.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Bludgeon Yer Eye PA is a very dark brown color with redish highlights and good clarity. The head is thick and sticky leaving nice lace behind.

Aroma is both hoppy and roasty in almost equal measure. It's like coffee with a squeeze of orange.

Flavor is pretty intense with a big roasty malt backbone and lots of citrusy hops. Just like the style should be with a nice blend of stout and IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very bitter but with enough sweetness to give some balance.

Overall a really nice example of the style.

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Photo of warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep brown with one finger of tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves good lacing behind.

S - Quite piney initially, with roasted and some faint chocolate malts coming through. There is a little bit of sweetness in the chocolate aroma. A bit of funk as well.

T - Starts out with big pine hops, but the roasted and chocolate malts begin to take over halfway through. Finishes with more bitter hops and dry, bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste is quite floral.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Very resinous. Finishes pretty clean and dry with lingering bitterness.

O - Not my favorite style, but this is one of the better black ales I've had.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with reddish highlights in the light. A fingers worth of tan head. Good lacing. Looks the part.

Nose is resin and pine upfront. Then a big sweet roast kicks in. Very hoppy with burnt chocolate.

Taste is very bitter. Not any really flavor coming from the hops...just bitter. Malts try to tame the hops with some subtle chocolate and coffee. Dry finishing. Bitterness is overdone here. It's not off putting but it does distract.

Mouthfeel suffers from the dry finish. The carbonation is great.

Overall I did enjoy it. It's just not one of my favorites in the catagory.

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Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the good folks at Short’s who brought this (and others) to Denver beers stores for GABF week.
It definitely looks the part of a black ale. It looks black even in the light – not just a deep brown. Carbonation is solid for the life of the beer and a true head sticks around longer than expected, too.
The flavor profile is absolutely what this style is all about in my eyes. The nose is resinous and pine-hoppy, but there’s an unmistakable roasted character that keeps it from being “just” an IPA.
When you sip it, there’s a sweet and roasty flavor that kicks in only to be quickly overwhelmed by old school American hops and bitterness. However that flavor blends seamlessly back with the roasted and coffee-like notes from the malts. The finish carries both flavors equally. This isn’t an IPA in disguise or just a hoppy stout – it really is a flagship example of this new style.
Flavorful and potent, this one’s a definite sipper. Both I’d had thus far have been over the course of a half hour or so, but I could still easily follow it up with another ½ hour bottle.
A solid brew that would be at home during any season.

EDIT: I won't mess with my scoring, but I really do enjoy this a lot. It's possibly the best CDA I've had from a bottle.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I"m glad to see this listed as an American Black Ale, rather than IPA. To me, the IPA means more hops, which would not cover this beer. It's a black ale for sure. Dark color, good head at first that dwindles to a thick collar.

Hoppy aroma, nothing very strong but clear evidence of piney hops. A slight chocolate and roasted characteristic underneath. Some citrus mixed in there to quell hop onslaught. Some hints of anise

Flavor is porter underneath. Cocoa, toffee and roasted biscuit. The hop flavor is there, but it grows more so than a usual English (old) porter. Pine and citrus battle to gain dominance, with pine winning ever so slightly. Lingering bite, albeit not all that strong. Seems a bit thin in the end. Like a light porter, with more hops. Perrty good

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle gifted my way by jale (thanks Jim!). This pours dark brown-black with a finger or so of tan foam.

Not being a big fan of Black IPAs, I was surprised to find this smells really nice. A nice mix of roasted malt and intensely piney hops. Reminds me a little bit of HF James, I'd say this is definitive. It all comes through in the flavor too, pine needles and citrus, toasted/roasted malts and a bitter but flavorful aftertaste. No real sweetness anywhere, but not overly bitter either.

I could go for a few more of these, this is probably my favorite of the style. Recommended!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Has that sort of funky aroma that a lot of black IPAs have. A decent bit of hoppiness, a bit of grass and pine. There is a light fruitiness, also a touch of fruit/plums. Maybe some chocolate, too.

T: Kind of sweet, a little bit of chocolate. Sort of hoppy, some sweet hop flavors, a bit of plum, some citrus hops, too. A light pine bitterness and a bit of roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Not as hoppy as I would have liked, but pretty decent.

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black but lighter bodied hop fest. Truly full of hops, listed by the brewery at 145 IBU, if that's possible. A nice noseful of pine, hot resin in the flavor. Very bitter after a while, but it does moderate to near the drinkable level. Lower alcohol for an IPA variety at 5% ABV. This is so dark I would think you could taste the burnt malt, but it seems to be buried. Just the sourness of the charred barley comes through. Fine for the hop enthusiast, but a bit much for sipping.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to MarcatGSB for this bottle.

Appearance - The bottle opens with hardly a hiss and pours a deep brown body that looks black in the glass with a small off-white head. The head is gone in a flash and there's no lacing at all. It doesn't look all that alive.

Smell - A hop aroma of pine and a ton of grass. Roasted malts behind are an afterthought to the hops.

Taste - Grassy and earthy hops up front. Strong grassy flavors that aren't very appetizing, but drinkable. It's followed by a malt bill that backs it up surprisingly well. It's a smooth transition to chocolate malt and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation on this one. Medium bodied and it's pretty drinkable. If the grassy hops had made it bitter, it would be tough to put away, but it's more in the front of the flavor.

Overall - Not bad, but not great. Black ales are tough. They're so difficult to balance. This one had unbalanced flavors that managed to work well together. Surprising, but still not a favorite.

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Photo of corby112
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lurchingbeast for sending this recently.

Pours a dark chesnut brown color that appears black in the glass with mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spots with some steaks of lacing.  

Slightly sweet aroma with a nice balance of earthy and citrus hops along with toasted/roasty malt.  Hints of pine needle and grapefruit, resinous hop oil countered by toasted makt with hints of chocolate, toast and licorice.  Finally a black ipa that smells more of hops.  Hopefully the malts are as tame in the flavor.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of dry, earthy hop bitterness and sweet roasted malt.  Not as hop dominant as the aroma suggest but the flavor is still strong.  Dry, floral, earthy and bitter up front with lots of sticky, dry, piny hops that are countered by hints of toast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and licorice.  Slight heat toward finish.  Again the malts are there but not overly sweet letting the hops do their thing.  Still I wish it was a bit more bitter with less malt.  That being said, it's one of the better examples of the style I've had.

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Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Pretty dark pour, not much light around the edges. Just a ring of white bubbles.

Aroma is an impactful piney and herbal presence. There is some toasted malt and anise.

Taste is slanted to the hoppy side of balanced. Pine stronger than herbal or citrus. Back half has a nice roast, licorice and bakers chocolate. If I'm honest with myself it's a bit bitter.

Light side of medium bodied. Carbonation is more than it appears. Drinks well. Cerainly a hoppy take on the style, even for the style.

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