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Beer Review: Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet

In Black IPA, Reviews on January 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Another beer brought to me by a Tabor, this time Luke brought me Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet.  A black IPA is really one of my favorite styles.  I think it delivers everything a beer nerd desires.  The dark malt delivers roasty flavors of chocolate and coffee that stout drinkers crave, while the hops deliver a bright burst of bitter citrus that hopheads love.  All in all it’s the best of both worlds, and I love them, and a double black IPA? C’mon. Here’s my review:

Pours dark brown to black with a tan head

An aromatic harmony of dark malt and bright hops deliver notes of coffee, grapefruit, chocolate and orange zest all at once.  This beer delivers on the first whiff.

A sweet and rich malt taste, with roasty coffee, dark chocolate up front that fades to a supporting role as the hops step in mid palate and dominate with bitter, grassy, flavors then the citrus follows and lead to a lingering bitter pine finish with a touch of roast.  Incredible from start to finish.

Medium to full body.

Rich and sweet, with a hop bite.  This beer is simple and delicious, yet deeply complex flavors when you really get into it.  This paradox creates the demand for another sip, which demands another until the bottle is gone.  The 10% is well hidden in the bold flavors, I really enjoyed this beer.  Thanks again Luke!

Style: Black IPA

ABV: 10%


Beer Review: Beer Here Dark Hops

In Black IPA, Reviews on December 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm

My favorite style of beers, the newly categorized Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale / IBA to name a few of the names for this deliciously dark, roasty and hoppy beer is the next beer on PourThought.  Dark Hops made by Danish brewery Beer Here has a cool label and a promising future.  Here’s my review:

Dark impenetrable black with a tight mocha head.

The aroma is a mix of bittersweet chocolate malt with a bright citrusy and grassy hop note.  An intriguing blend of delicious smells.

The taste is of bittersweet dark espresso and chocolate that rolls into a grassy center with a lingering hoppy finish.  Sweet grapefruit comes through.  It is a simple tasting beer, but it has interesting layers.

Great dark flavors that are lightened by the bright hop notes.

Very well balanced and a great example of this style and why I like it so much.

Style: Black IPA

ABV: 8.5%



Beer Review: Boulder Beer Co. Flashback India Style Brown Ale

In Black IPA, Hops, India Brown Ale, Reviews on November 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Boulder Beer Co. has been brewing for a long time, in fact they are Colorado’s first microbrewery.  Flashback came out for their 30th anniversary.  Here’s my review:

Pours a deep mahogany, amber with an off white foam cap.  Very clear beer.

Hops and malt mingle in the nose with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and caramel malt that plays with light and floral hop notes.

This is an interesting beer.  The hops and malt seem to be battling for domination, perhaps a beer with identity issues.  The sweet and burnt caramelized flavors turn nutty then transition to a bitter citrus hop bite that continues on into the back with some more malt returning, only to be pushed aside again for a lasting floral finish.

Medium in body, this reminds me a bit of a Vienna lager style, only it contains darker malt flavors and less floral hoppiness.

This would be a good beer to have before a meal.  The bitterness serves as an aperitif would, while the malt lends to its substance.  I’m not sure how I feel about this beer.  It is definitely interesting, the brewery calls it an India Brown Ale, somewhat similar to the new India Black Ale style, but where the Black ale succeeds in balance, the Brown Ale, to me gets a bit lost in it’s own ambition.  What do I know, try it for yourself.

Style: India Brown Ale? India Black Ale?

ABV: 6.8%



Beer Review: Victory Yakima Twilight

In Black IPA, Reviews on October 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm

First, let me just say I love this beer.  I drank one bottle faster than it took to figure out how to pronounce “Yakima.”

Yakima Twilight is released in the colder months from Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewery.  It is one of my favorite beers ever and part of a new style in response to beers being made around the US.  This beer is categorized now as a Cascadian Dark Ale or Black IPA.  The name has been highly debated, as Black India Pale Ale is contradictory, but these highly hopped beers, with the addition of dark malts to give it more depth, roasty flavors and a darker color make for a delicious beer whatever you name it.  This is one of my favorites of this style.  Here’s my review:

Pours a dark copper with some ruby red highlights and looks great when held up to the light.  A head of fine khaki colored bubbles tops the beer.

The aroma is floral and fruity.  The hops lend grapefruit, pineapple and bright green grassy smells.

Sweet malt washes in on the first sip of this creamy beer and quickly turns into juicy red grapefruit flavors with a bittersweet finish.

This beer is extremely drinkable.  It’s velvety smooth but has some lively bubbles and a full body with excellent balance on the palate.

The beer is not overly bitter as the sweeter malts succeed in acting against the hops but both the dark, bready malt sweetness and the bright, fruity and floral hop flavors create a flavor greater than the sum of it’s parts and the Black IPA is true harmony in a glass.

Style: Black IPA

ABV: 8.7%