Today’s review comes to us from a local brewery of which I am very proud to be able to support. I’ve talked about Half-Pints in the past so for more information about the brewery itself please read those here and here or check out their website here.
The beer I am tasting from Half-Pints today is there highly rated Black IPA, Black Galaxy. A Black IPA is a specialty style of an IPA. Like an IPA, they are meant to be hop forward and drinkable. One of the biggest differences is that they bring a darker colour and often roasted or burnt flavours from the use of different malts.
When drinking this style one can expect to get a lot of different hop notes from the variety of hops used in the brewing of the brewer that are melded with a variety of different malts that would not normally be used in the brewing of an IPA.
This beer is a variation of the IPA style and was first commercially produced by Greg Noonan as Blackwatch IPA around 1990. It began to grow in popularity through the 2000s and there are many varieties of this style which can be found. This beer is also known as a Cascadian Dark Ale. Overall the style is similar in many respects to a traditional IPA but bringing with it some more complexity in the malt profile to compete with the diversity of hops.
Appearance: Black with a slight red hue when held up to the light. A persistent 2 finger off-white head that leaves lacing as it dissipates.
Smell: Piney notes, citrus, passion fruit, roasted malt. Soft notes of pineapple and coffee also.
Mouth feel: Medium body, medium carbonation that leaves a bit of tingle on the tongue.
Taste: Passion fruit and pineapple come through on the taste with a nice bitter finish that balances well with the sweet fruit, light caramel, and roasted dark malt backbone.
Overall: I haven’t had many Black IPAs to compare this too but overall this is a great beer. It is well balanced and brings a depth of different flavours (passion fruit, pineapple, caramel, coffee, roasted malt) that all seem to balance well together and with the 60 IBUs.
Do I like it: Yes. This is a beer that I really enjoy. Half Pints does a great job with this beer bringing both balance of malt and hop. The flavours in this are really good together and I’d be happy to drink this any day of the week.