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Blacks Of Kinsale Black IPA

Rating: 3.35

A second Irish beer in a row now and another IPA from the country, this time a black IPA that follows on from the Bo Bristle IPA that I reviewed here last. Like that offering, this one was another that I picked up a bottle of from the Ennistown SuperValu when travelling through County Clare in the summer. As with most of the beer that I tried in Ireland over the summer, this bottle from Blacks Of Kinsale is a beer I had read a little about prior to my visit and have been on the lookout for during my travels; especially because if is a rare black IPA from Ireland. I’ve also managed to reach another milestone upon reviewing this one here as well, the beer will be the fiftieth unique offering from Ireland that I’ll have tried and it is also the penultimate beer of those that I brought home from Ireland that I have left to try, with only Galway Bay’s Of Foam and Fury double IPA left to open after this one.


Appearance (4/5): An opaque and really dark mahogany colour that looks black on first glance and is topped with a huge, two and a bit inch head that holds pretty well and actually seems to gain a little height as it settles. The texture of the head is a foamy one and retention is excellent and there is plenty of lacing on the sides as the head recedes a little more.
Aroma (6/10): Quite a dark nose with some coffee and caramel coming through in the early going alongside touches of bitterness and a little citrus as well. The hops start to come through around the middle with some faint pine and herbal touches in there too. It’s not the strongest beer on the nose but some darker roasted notes feature towards the end, as do some darker malts.
Taste (7/10): Much like the nose, this one starts quite dark with some roasted malts and a few burnt ones too but the hops from the nose seem more pronounced here and there’s a touch more of the citrus too. It’s not an overly hoppy number but a little pine does come through before being followed by a little caramel sweetness. A few grassy hops feature towards the end off this one and it was quite easy to drink as well.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and fairly smooth, it seems crisp in places but doesn’t have anywhere near as much carbonation coming through as I’d expected. It’s pretty well-balanced on the whole and easy to drink as well with quite a wet finish that touched on some light bitterness.

Overall (13/20): Not a bad attempt at a black IPA here, this one wasn’t quite as hoppy as I’d have liked but there was some touches of bitterness and a little pine coming through but I felt these could have been a little stronger. The dark malts and roasted flavours, alongside some chocolate seemed to be the easiest to detect but the beer held a nice balance and was quite an easy one going down so I’ll not complain too much about it.

Brewed In: Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
Brewery: Blacks Of Kinsale Craft Brewery
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: SuperValu (Ennistown)
Price: €3.59 (£3.08 approx.)

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