Yet another brew from my parents that I stashed in the back of the beer fridge. The one thing that I’ve found with this style is that I either love it or I hate it, there isn’t a grey area or middle ground with it. I’ve found a few that I’ve really enjoyed, but some just don’t flow for me. It’s either too roasty or too hoppy and disjointed. I’m hoping that I enjoy this one.
Style: American Black Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘Dark Day refers to an event that occurred on May 19, 1780, when an unusual darkening of the day sky was observed over the New England states and parts of Canada. The darkness was so complete that candles were required from noon on.’ Dark Day IPA is a collaboration with Dave Richardson from Gardner Ale House. Herbal hop aroma is complimented with roasted malt character. American de-husked roasted barley does not lend a bitter acrid flavor but imparts a roasted character that melds with low level caramelized malts. Big herbal, citrus hop flavors and bitterness clash with roasted and mildly sweet malt. Try Dark Day IPA and then drive to Gardner to try its sister brew Nightcrawler IPA.”
Random: I caught my cat snuggling with a stuffed moose today. I have pictures to embarrass him later.
This one poured with a huge, three finger tan head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a very dark brown color with decent carbonation visible throughout. The nose was very roasty and nutty. I didn’t get much of the hops. The taste was opposite of the nose. There was a nice hop bitterness to it with a lot of grapefruit up front. Some lemon came for the ride as well. I also got just enough roastiness and nuttiness to this brew without overwhelming the other flavors. The body was towards the heavier side with nice carbonation. The finish was long and hoppy. This was a really solid black IPA that I would search out again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0