Tasting: October 30, 2011
Style: IPA (Black)
What does it say for a beer when the salesperson say “it’s not bad for $3.99”? Yes, that is cheap for a bomber sized bottle (22- 24 oz.). What does it say when you name your product toxic sludge? I guess if you didn’t like it they could say – “what did you expect, you were buying cheap toxic sludge”. Well, name and price aside, this is really a beer with a heart. We’ve all seen the images of seabirds coated with oil in need of human rescue. This beer from Patchogue, Long Island brewer, Blue Point aims to raise money for “Spreading our Wings” in their efforts to bird a rescue annex that will serve the tri-state area. If I get to buy a beer and help a cause — that’s great.
This one pours a cola brown with an off-white head that vanishes to a thin layer that floats on the top. Smells of roasted malts and my first sip gives me a dark cocoa flavor and soon after, some crushing hops stomp their way all over my palate. This one is a bit watery and what I’ll call disjointed. With beer, you’d like to see the flavors transition smoothly and have some balance and complexity. With this one, I get watery, then burnt toast, then hops that are earthy bitter. There are better examples of Black IPA out there — albeit for a couple dollars more. Try Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.
I wouldn’t call this one a toxic sludge — but, I’ll still put it at 78 points.
Read my review of Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale Here