The desire is simply not with me this morning to get into the whole discussion and or explanation of the whole Black IPA thing. I think that knowing that the “PA” stands for Pale Ale we all can understand that adding “Black” in front does not make much sense. So call it American Black Ale or Cascadian Dark Ale or (my current personal favorite) India Black Ale or whatever you want. As long as we are all referring to the same type of beer.
Staying in Colorado to close the week . . .
Brewery: Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub (Idaho Springs, CO)
Name: Hop Strike Black IPA
Style: Specialty Beer (if only for the rye)
ABV: 6.50% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge before being served in a pint glass.
Aroma: A mild, piney hop aroma on top of a soft roasted malt character. Fairly subtle, but pretty nice overall. – 8.5/12
Appearance: Deep, deep brown (black) in color. One finger light brown head that holds well and leaves nice lacing on glass. Appears opaque but can see through edges and spot some rising bubbles when held to light. – 3/3
Flavor: Somewhat floral and piney hop character (fairly mild) floating on top of a relatively subtle roasted malt base. Pretty well balanced between the two sides. The bitterness comes through more from middle to finish. Finishes with some dryness then onto some lingering hop flavor and bitterness. – 13/20
Mouthfeel: Medium(ish) body with a moderate to low level of carbonation. Smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate with a slight hit of astringency. – 3.5/5
Overall Impressions: Pretty good though I enjoyed it more at first then I did as I continued to drink it. Seems to be a well balanced beer even as the bitterness starts to come through more. I think a bit more enjoyable when not so cold. Not my favorite of the style/genre but would certainly drink again some time. – 6.5/10
Overall: B (34.5/50)