Archive for the ‘Black IPA’ Category


Day #328 – Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black IPA

November 25, 2011

Stopping in at a local bar today, the T&P Tavern and they have a few new things on tap. I tried this one first from Clown Shoes.

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black IPA


Clown Shoes is based out of Ipswich, MA, and is technically brewed at the Ipawich Ales Brewery. They have only very recently come into our market and I have had the opportunity to try their black IPA at a local bar on tap.

This beer pours very dark; dark black with a foamy tan head.

The aroma is chocolate, dark malts and sweet notes. Slightly bitter on the nose as well.

Flavor is dark malts, super bitter dark chocolate and dry flavors. Finishes just as dry and chocolatey.




Day #312 – Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

November 9, 2011

Ah Stone Brewing Company. For years you have provided us with unapologetic beers that push the limits of everything established in beer. With this beer, they celebrate their 15th anniversary. Let’s hope they do it in a grand way.

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA


This beer as I mentioned previously is their 15th Anniversary beer. It is listed as an Imperial Black IPA, and holds an impressive 10.5% alcohol by volume. This ought to be good.

Tap at the FW Saucer. Pours a very dark brown color with only a hint of dark red when put to the light. Tall foamy head, colored brown.

Aroma is fairly hoppy, fresh pine and a slight touch of dark malts. Maybe a little bit of roast in this.

Flavor is a fairly decent balance between hops and malts. It starts with a sharp hoppy bite that transforms into a malty roast in the middle. The finish is a mix of hop linger and sweet malts. Man I like this.




Day #91 – (512) Black IPA

April 2, 2011

I think I’ll stick with the Texas beer theme for a couple more days. Got another one on deck for tomorrow too.

(512) Black IPA


Check out the cute bartender in the reflection. That’s why I do what I do. 🙂

The black IPA as a beer for (512) AND as a style are both new to the beer world. IPAs are typically made with light to medium malts which give them a gentle amber to copper color. However, a black IPA is made using dark, roasted malts usually reserved for stouts and porters of the like. This provides for an interesting juxtaposition of fresh hops versus roasted dark malts. The Black IPA as a style only came upon the beer scene maybe a year and a half ago. A few reputable brewers tried it and it met with a favorable response. Worth the try if you can find one; they aren’t too common.

This beer pours a very dark brown color that almost edges of black. A fair sized tan head sits on top of this one.

The aroma is right off roasted chocolate with sweet malts and only the slightest bit of spicy hops. Malts definitely take the cake on the aroma.


Flavor is quite dry and roasty as well. The flavors of hops come out as a very dry bitterness. This however compliments the toasted malts as they often times have dry flavors inherent to it. Finishes a gentle dry with a fair bit of chocolate. Not an everyday drinker but I would absolutely order it again. Cool.