Friday, April 29, 2011

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company - Pitch Black IPA

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

The Oregonian brewer Widmer Brothers' Pitch Black IPA pours a very deep brown, but clear, with a ruby glow and a large frothy tan head. The retention on the head is excellent and the lacing is moderate and appealing. Coffee notes and a dark sweetness from the roasted malts define the nose. A fragrant hopping pierces the smokey coffee, providing an interesting meshing of aromas.

The smokey roasted malts seem gritty in texture, but are balanced by crisp and fresh hops. The hops almost seem citrusy, in distinct contrast from the malts. However, the play with the smokiness modifies the character of the hops giving the beer a unique edge. The biting hops combine nicely with the powerful charred character and create a lasting finish.

Final Verdict: B+

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