Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House Black Gold – Black IPA at 4.5% ABV

Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House Black Gold Black IPA at 4.5% ABV (On tap, reviewed 7-Apr-2016)

Appearance: nearly opaque deep brown with amber-brown highlights, one finger of fluffy tan head, good retention and spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, red berries, tropical fruit, caramel. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, drying moderately bitter finish. (4/5)

Nice. Citrus and an almost black currant berry-like note, nearly vinous. Despite the dark colour, there’s no roastiness at all – I’m sure in a blindfolded taste test, this would be identified as an APA or A/IPA. The only aspect of the “darkness” that I’m getting is the brief, drying, almost astringent finish. I could drink a lot of this – even more so since it’s only 4.5%! (16/20)

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