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Big Black Bicycle

Rating: 4.1

A first ever Warpigs beer for me now, this one comes straight from the source after I ordered it on-tap at their Copenhagen brew pub on my recent visit to the city. Prior to arriving in the country I had planned to stop by the Warpigs brew pub after reading about it online since it appears to be the only place to try any of their beers and I’m all about seeking out new brews. The brew pub is located in the cities meatpacking district and of the twenty plus taps they have available I opted for their Big Black Bicycle black IPA given it’s a style that I really enjoy and don’t get to try as often as I’d like although they had about 20 beers available on-tap the night I visited (as well as a couple of draft cocktails too). From what I gather reading online, this one is a 2015 release from the brewery that was released around Easter time and has only been available at the brewpub where I managed to sample it a year after its initial release; here’s what I thought of it.

Big Black Bicycle

Appearance (5/5): This one sits pitch black with an opaque body in the glass and is topped with a creamy looking,centimetre tall head that is a nice tan brown colour and has excellent retention over the opening couple of minutes. The beer looks quite thick and creamy in the glass with some nice lacing around the edges as well; excellent stuff so far.
Aroma (7/10): The nose starts with some subtle hops and pine along with a pleasant citrus backing and some faint grapefruit, this is followed by touches of chocolate and some floral notes around the middle. The beer wasn’t the most pronounced on the nose but it wasn’t a weak beer either, there was some pleasant earthy malts and light caramel coming through towards the end and giving the beer a fairly balanced nose.
Taste (8/10): Following on well from the nose, the taste comes through with a moderate bitterness and some excellent tropical fruit flavours that features some mango and apricot along with touches of orange and grapefruit too. There was some floral hops and pine in there as well before the darker malts showed around the middle. The malts and roasted flavours were definitely more subdued than with the nose but you could detect them without too much effort, although there was none of the chocolate showing at this stage with a faint sweetness coming from elsewhere right at the end.
Palate (4/5): This one was a medium bodied beer that wasn’t quite as full-boded as the appearance suggested but it was far from being a thin or light bodied beer so I’m not complaining. It was a well-carbonated offering that came through with a pleasant bitterness that got stronger as things went on and the finish was quite a dry one. There was a slight citrus tang to proceedings and the balance was good throughout making it an easy and surprisingly refreshing beer to drink.

Overall (16/20): This one was a very enjoyable black IPA that came through stronger on the hop bitterness side of things but still maintained a decent enough balance on the way down. There darker malts and roasted flavours could have been a touch stronger and I’d have liked to have seen the chocolate make it from the nose to the taste but other than that it was a pretty good beer with some nice tropical flavours and subtle fruits coming through from the start. This was a nice introduction to Warpigs beers and I definitely wouldn’t mind having this one again.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Warpigs Brewpub
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Black IPA
Abv: 6.3%
Serving: Draught (400ml)
Purchased: Warpigs Brewpub, Copenhagen, Denmark
Price: 65 Danish Krone (approx. £7.15)

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