Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dogzilla - Black IPA

Dogzilla - Black IPA
Serving Type: 22 oz. bottle, poured into a Becker pint glass
The Dogzilla Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewery made it all the way from Idaho is an interesting, and fairly rare, style referred to either as a Black IPA or a Cascadian Dark Ale. It’s a fairly new and innovative style that blends dark roasted malts with characteristic hopping in IPAs.
The beer pours very dark, but quite clear. It’s light enough to get some serious glow from ambient light. The light tan head is massive with a slightly milky appearance. It also sits easily above the top of the glass, packs serious retention, and produces crazy lacing patterns on the glass.
The nose is remarkably sweet and citrusy. It’s common for an IPA but somewhat surprising because of the color. The mouthfeel is pleasant and silky. There’s a slight caramel sweetness and a mild smokey finish. The hoppy foam produces a bitter bite on the front, but mellows nicely and produces a clean finish.
Final Verdict: B+

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