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American Black Ale
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(Beer added by: flagmantho on 12-01-2012)
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Reviews by StJamesGate:
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Dusky webby tan head over black that goes chestnut in light.
Sweet brown sugary roast, light clove, red plum and some light C hop orange on the nose.
Plum, pumpernickel swirl and very light phenols then some tangerine rind hops.
Orange zest linger.
Slight oil, light more than medium, come chew.
Round, smooth, balanced and easy. But surprisingly thin, unhoppy, non-charred and with no Belgian edge. At 33 IBUs, I'm wondering if the hops are supposed to be all about aroma, in which case at almost 3 months, I might have held this too long. Still, underwhelming.
I really wanted to love this, it being local, but it's just not there. Yet.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2013 18:45:50 |
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Finally, a beer that was born in Poughkeepsie, NY - just like me. And like me - an ethnic combination of European nationalities filtered through centuries of the American experience - this beer is a hybridized combination of influences from the old and new worlds, i.e., a hoppy black ale with Belgian yeast. Let's see how Sloop Brewing has done. . . .
A: Poured from the bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body appears thin on the pour (I expected darker) - it's more brownish than black on the pour and with any backlighting. However, in the glass it appears black with a half-finger greyish-khaki-colored head.
S: Definitely more yeasty than your usual American Black Ale. Also less hoppy.
T: Roasty - some coffee beans, some charcoal. Finishes with a clean but lingering piney bitterness. Not much in malt presence at all, either in feel or flavor (maybe a touch of fruitiness as it warms up a bit), and the Belgian yeast strain that was presumably used also doesn't stand up in the flavors.
M: Thinner than expected; carbonation is prickly/active, but not sharp.
O: Solid. Different - like an American Black Ale meets a hoppy Porter meets a Belgian-type carbonation and mouthfeel. Based on this initial sampling of Sloop, I'd be willing to give them a shot again. . .. .
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug. The label says this is a "black Belgian IPA" and the website says it is made with American hops, so I went with American Black Ale on this one.
Appearance: black hue with some brown highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Head poured two fingers of frothy tan foam with good retention. Attractive.
Smell: big citrusy hop aroma, especially redolent of Cascade. There's also an undertone of funk which could be a Belgian yeast contribution, and a vegetal aroma I usually associate with black beers. Surprisingly balanced and fresh-feeling, however; this is not a particularly dank smelling beer.
Taste: sweetish malt with a big citrusy hop flavor and a roasty character which develops through the flavor. Vegetal hoppiness is there as well, but it doesn't detract too much from the experience. This isn't always my favorite style, but I think this is a good example of a hoppy black ale.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a big, smooth creaminess. I dig it.
Overall: quite good and drinkable. I think I would have this again if given the chance.
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