Vault Simarillo Dark IPA

Posted: April 2, 2016 in American Black Ale, Reviews, Vault Brewing Company

This was the second beer that we tried during our last visit to Vault. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a black IPA on their taplist, so I was really interested to see their interpretation.


ABV: 6.6%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Cascadian Dark Ale hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo. Notes of pine, resin, bitter coffee, charred pecans, roast, and a hint of stone fruit.”

Random: This comes in at 77 IBUs.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick tan head that took forever to dissipate. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the lack of lighting and the color of the beer. The nose had a lot piney hops and quickly went into roasted malts with smoke. There wasn’t much citrus, at least on the nose. The taste started really roasty with notes of cocoa powder and smoke and then transitioned into pine sap. It had some pine needles to it as well, but I didn’t pick up on the stone fruit or the charred pecans, which I think would have helped to give the beer some complexity. There was bitter coffee that came through after a few sips. The body was very light for the style and had a lot of carbonation, so there wasn’t any issues throwing this one back. It had a long finish with roasted malts, cocoa and pine resin. As I said, I didn’t have any problems drinking the beer, but it didn’t do anything amazing with the style. If you’re looking for a beer to give someone just getting into the style, this wouldn’t be a bad option.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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