Good Ryes Wear Black

Image courtesy of Wm. Goodwyn the Sign Guy

Image courtesy of Wm. Goodwyn the Sign Guy

Good Ryes Wear Black.  Black Rye India Pale Ale.  Brewed and Canned by Hop Butcher For The World (formerly South Loop Brewing Company), Chicago, IL.  Pours like motor oil, thick and black.  Notes of dark roasted grains and coffee abound.  Smooth texture, a bit dry, a touch peppery, lots of coffee, earthy, dark semi-sweet chocolate, rich, probably a million calories.  6.5% ABV.  Great can artwork.  I absolutely love this stuff!


Anger Black IPA

greenbush-anger-black-ipaBlack as night, it looks alright!  Anger Black IPA from Greenbush Brewing Company in Sawyer, MI, reminds me of a super-hopped porter.  It floats a good beige head that leaves a generous amount of lace on the glass.  It’s lighter bodied than it looks, with some coffee bitterness and lots of roasted vibes.  The hops presence in the bouquet is prominent, but less so on the palate.  You will burp up pine tar essence for hours afterward, however.  This 7.6 ABV black IPA is very good, maybe a tad too dry for my liking, but it is a well-crafted and enjoyable beer.

90/100 Black IPA

(Angus Black, CPA sounds like an accountant in Edinburgh.)

Hoppy Feet Black IPA

Black India Pale Ale?  Is that oxymorinic?  Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet by Mercury Brewing Co., Ipswich, MA, is indeed a black IPA.  It does have some hints of burgundy, but it is certainly dark, and can produce a very generous tan head and a slathering of lace.  Hoppy Feet has a hoppy bouquet, as you might expect, with a hint of orange and some yeast, and maybe some smoke way back there.  It has a lot of interesting taste characteristics:  hoppy, rusty, yeasty, bitter, coffee.  The texture is smooth and the finish is very dry and bitter.  It’s good, and it’s an interesting spin on an old style.  This is not a sipper, like a lighter hoppy ale might be, so be prepared to enjoy a big steak w/ onions and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese on it.  If you drink it without any food to accompany it, you will find it too bitter for too long I would wager.