The Wedge Black IPA from Left Coast Brewing Company in San Clemente, California pours out jet black in color and is topped with a two finger, cappuccino foam colored head that very slowly reduces down. On the nose, a ton of hoppy aromas and mild roast aromas. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, roast grain, chocolate, pine and a little earth. In the mouth, the hops live strong in flavor and provide a nice bitterness that is matched well with malty sweetness. Flavors of orange rind, pine, chocolate, roast grain, hints of smoke, caramel and a little grass. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Almost solid, sticky lacing on the glass. Light oil and a little cream in the mouthfeel. Long finish with the citrus flavors standing out.
I have to say this is the first Black IPA I have drunk that has lived up to the name. When I think of Black IPA, visions of a hoppy brew with some roast flavors come to mind. The other Black IPAs I have tried are more dark beers with a lot of hops added. They seem to have lost their IPA roots, per se. Left Coast The Wedge Black IPA has not and I really like that. Recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 7.1% ABV
Beer 240 of 366 for 2012