Here is what the Label Says:
This collaboration was brewed by John Kimmich of The Alchemist Waterbury, VT; Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing Company Eugene, OR; Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Look: The name really says it all. This "Black IPA" definitely has more of a dark, rich ruby brown color to it than black. The color is very unique and looks great in a glass. The head was about an inch thick at first, but quickly reduced to leave a slightly foamy light brown coating on top. There was moderate lacing throughout.
Smell: The hops do come forward in the smell, I got mostly pine and citrus. There is also a roasted caramel malt smell, but to me the hops were the story in the nose.
Taste: Upon first sip a noticeable pine hop presence is detected and quickly followed by orange and mild grapefruit. Mid-drink is where the malt comes into play a bit more. The malt in this brew was not nearly as robust as some other dark IPAs I have had, but did provide a fair amount of body to back up the hops. The lingering taste left over is that of pine and even a hint of coffee. After drinking about 8oz, I did notice that this beer was tasting more and more dry.
Mouthfeel: This brew had above average carbonation and a mild body. It really had a nice crisp and dry mouthfeel for the first half, but during the second half of drinking this bottle I noticed a fair amount of dryness that was almost causing some palate fatigue.
Drinkability: This beer was a pleasant surprise for sure. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but after enjoying a bottle I'm glad I have a second in the fridge. I won't drink it back to back with the first one because of this beer being a little dry, but it makes a for a tasty treat any time on its own.
Serving Type: 12oz bottle
My Rating: Overall 74.6/100
Look:4 | Smell:3.8 | Taste:3.8 | MouthFeel:3.5 | Drinkability:3.5