57 / 100
So this is a confusing one - a Black IPA but given the "New England" treatment so black but hazy? Also with blood orange in it. Brewed for GABS 2017, and tried in a sampler.
Pours a black colour; really black. Sedimenty cloud adds to the murkiness. Beige head, a little whispy but sticks around alright. Looks good.
Smells tangy, with some dark fruit character. Fair sweetness as well, with honey and a slight biscuity aroma blending with grapefruit and orange zest. Pleasant.
Taste is a bit weird and empty in the middle. Caramel/cocoa notes on the front, fairly dark and sweet then the finish is really, very bitter. Grapefruit sharpness without the tang or any of the freshness. Roasty and oily from the hops as well. Just feels like it goes from sweet to bitter without a transition point in the middle and it's quite astringent.
Decently smooth body, but yeah a bit sharp on the back.
Not bad, but really very bitter. Others might love it but it's not really my kind of thing.