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Espiga Black IPA

Rating: 3.7

The final beer that I sampled on my trip to Barcelona earlier this month and it will be my second review of a Espiga beer, this one following on from their Hop Collection Series – Mosaic beer that I reviewed a short time ago and enjoyed. This particular offering is their stronger, more established black IPA which also makes it the 2nd of the style that I managed to try in Barcelona after sampling a pint of Black Comedy from the BlackLab brewhouse based in the city as well. Anyway here it is, what is likely to be my final review of a Spanish beer for a while now but hopefully I’ll be back soon and able to check a few more off the 1001 beers list next time as well.

Espiga Black IPA

Appearance (4/5): This one was a dark, opaque black colour with a thin, bubbly head on top that was beige looking and had a few patches across the surface, and in particular towards the centre of the beer but there was a bit more build up round the edges of the glass.
Aroma (7/10): Dark and quite a hoppy beer, this one had a lot of caramel early on in the nose and there was faint coffee notes too. I could detect a semi-sweet aroma throughout and it was complimented by pleasant, tropical fruits that included peach, mango and apricot. The fruits also helped balance out the nose some before a few roasted malts and touches of liquorice seen things out.
Taste (7/10): Much this the nose, this is quite a dark tasting beer with a lot of hops coming through in the early going – more so than the nose hinted at in fact. There was a lot of roasted malts in there as well though and some pleasant vanilla sweetness as things progressed towards the middle. I also got some cocoa and a few hints of roasted barley before the mango and citrus flavours from the nose came through quite strong around the middle too. Towards the end there was a decent alcohol kick to proceedings and quite a strong bitterness towards the end to see things out.
Palate (4/5): This one was a medium bodied beer that came through quite dark and with a lot more bitterness than I’d been expecting when I first opened the beer. There was a nice sweetness throughout though, thanks in part of the subtle vanilla flavours but also the tropical fruits than were a little stronger come the taste than when compared to the nose. There was moderate carbonation levels and the beer was quite dry with a sharp, strong finish that had some alcohol showing too.

Overall (14/20): This one was quite a strong beer, even when taking the 8.5% abv. into consideration and it was also quite a bitter offering, particularly towards the end of the beer. There was a lot of dark malts and roasted flavours kicking things off but the mango and tropical fruits, alongside some nice citrus, weren’t far behind and balanced things out quite nicely. There was some nice variety to proceedings and the beer was pleasant enough to sip away at but it was perhaps just a touch strong and the finish seemed ever so slightly harsh; other than that it was a pretty good beer though.

Brewed In: Sant Llorenç d’Hortons, Barcelona, Spain
Brewery: Cervesa Espiga
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Black IPA
Abv: 8.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: La Vinoteca Voramar (Barcelona, Spain)
Price: €3.25 (£2.54 approx.)

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  1. January 25, 2017 at 09:13

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