Sunday, January 15

Beer Review: The Alchemist/Ninkasi/Stone More Brown Than Black IPA


Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this at a local shop to try. Bare with me, I have a cold, and will do my best to pull out all the wonderful traits a good CDA may posses.

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a murky and chunky yeast dark brown, and has a thin half finger of khaki colored head that settles quickly to a frothy bubbly mess which leaves a bit of lacing in the glass. Yeast sediment sticking to the walls of the glass.

Smell: (4.0)
- First punch to the face, and beyond my stuffed sinuses.. a huge citrus fruity hop aroma. Talk about pineapple hops.. big sweet pineapple hops. Light roasted black malts, sweet caramel, and just more huge citrus hops. Little roasted coffee and bitter chocolate attempt to balance the aromas, but fails next to the hop madness.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice surprise. Fruity fruity hops, pineapple, some grape, esters, and a little fig and prune all wrapped up in a light malty caramel pancake. Light roasted malts, sweet grain and molasses.. little bitter earthiness, grass, and more fruit. Interesting, and kinda tasty!

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Rather light to medium bodied. A little dry, and a touch chewy. Cloying for sure and leaves a thing layer of dry between my tongue, and the saliva my mouth is trying to provide. Well carbonated with what seems to be a basic ale yeast.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a rare treat. Very unique, and certainly puts emphasis on aroma hops. Big fruit, dry-hopping madness. I am a little let down by the lack of more robust and sweeter malts though. It just has a touch of the roast and coffee, but not enough for me. Hence the name I am guessing.. it's much like blending a light fruity session IPA with a robust porter. But good.

3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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