Black IPA, an American Black Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Black IPA is an American Black Ale brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a bottle.


The ale pours an opaque black and capped by a tan head that persists briefly and leaves only a spittle of lace.


The aroma is a fragrant scent of pine and citrus hops.

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The palate is hop-forward with a biting taste of grapefruit and lemon that dominate over a smoky mix of roasted malt and dark chocolate.


The mouthfeel meets expectations with a medium body and moderate carbonation.


The label describes the brew as being a “dark hoppy ale” but the hops overpower the palate such that the brew is only dark in color. While this is another solid offering from Sierra Nevada, its taste could benefit from a stronger malt presence.

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