Nocturna by Cervezeria Insurgente

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Nocturna by Cervezeria Insurgente is a 6.5% ABV Black India Pale Ale

Label:
¡Sé un Insurgente, toma Artesanal!
Nocturna: As dark as night, Nocturna combines citrusy American hops with a hint of roast and a rich dark color, making for a style-bending Black IPA. Please enjoy Insurgente responsibly.

==Introduction==

The second beer I try from Insurgente is a Black IPA. I obtained this one at qualityliquorstore.com. Insurgente beers from Tijuana are being seen in the San Diego area but I think many more will follow as the demand grows. The Tienieblas I had before was awesome. I hope this one is just awesome. Unlike Tinieblas, this in is the true dark one. Nocturna, or the Nightlife is how it’s called, is what typically the animals of the night typically flourish. It fits the name as the beer is super dark. Let’s see how this one is.

Aromas:
Grassy, herbal, earthy, piney, earthy and grapefruit hops, dark chocolate notes, smokey notes, molasses, brown sugar, licorice, anise, honey, coffee hints and oatmeal cookie hints.

Flavors:
Dark Chocolate, vanilla, grassy, herbal, earthy, piney, earthy and grapefruit hops, caramel, roasted coffee notes, hazelnut nectar, smokey notes, oatmeal cookies, anise, licorice, pineapple, honey, dark fruit raisins, brown sugar, peppery spices and molasses.

Aftertaste:
Earthy, piney and grapefruit hops linger along with smokey notes, caramel, coffee grounds and brown sugar. No alcohol in the taste, dark full body, moderate drinkability, smooth and silky mouthfeel.

Overall:
A pretty good Black IPA. Typically Black IPAs tend to have nice hop characters and a bit of malty and roasted hints for balance. Other Black IPAs are categorized as regular IPAs in taste but just dark as the profiles are richly hopped in varieties. I think this one is like the first type of Black IPA, a Cascadian dark ale. I think this one is worth checking out if you love Black IPAs.

Anime Corner:
Original character from Toi (Number 8) was used in this pairing as I wanted to show something so dark that would fit awesomely with the label but also fit with the vintage look. A pretty dark pairing but it can be easy to see why I chose this one. Are there any other things you can tell from this picture?

Sources:
http://www.zerochan.net/full/862610

Lightning Bug by Five Stones of Cibolo, Texas

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Rating: 4.85/5

Lightning Bug by Five Stones of Cibolo, Texas is a 6.6% ABV Cascadian Dark Ale handcrafted with fresh lemons, limes and oranges.

Description:
Cascadian Dark Ale brewed hand zested and juiced Lemon, Lime and Mandarine Orange.

==Introduction==

Aaron Mendiola from www.beermetaldude.com brings us forth another awesome release from Five Stones. This time a Cascadian Dark Ale with lots of citrus. I can only assume that this would be something on par with some of the awesome black IPAs that are closer to the IPAs than the dark malty IPAs. Let us seek this one forth and see what this one has to offer. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, lemon peel, oranges, tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, tangerines, dragon fruit, lemon candy, lemon zest, grassy, grapefruit piney, herbal, floral and earthy hops, roasted barley, honey, hazelnut nectar and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee, lemon peel, oranges, pineapple hints, mango hints, dragon fruit, roasted barley, dark fruit raisins, molasses, anise, hazelnut nectar, honey, herbal, grassy, piney and earthy hop notes, citrus, coriander, lemon candy, oatmeal, raisin bread, cookies, smokey notes, tangerines, lemon zest, orange zest and brown sugar.

Aftertaste:
Orange peel, lemon peel, Earthy notes linger, smokey notes, roasted coffee, milk chocolate and dark chocolate in the finish. No alcohol in the taste, dark full body, moderate drinkability, smooth and silky mouth feel.

Overall:
A very good Cascadian Ale. Pretty much on the lines of American Black Ale or Black IPA. This ale is pretty damn good with a very solid Black IPA and then pushes it’s boundaries to relish in the true citrus. Think of the light in the dark or the lightning bug on a summer night. The beers focuses on both the dark toasty malty flavors as well as the tropical and citrus flavors like that of an IPA. This beer has good balance and is fairly smooth. A well done and recommendable beer.

Anime Corner:
Original Insect girl by Elsevilla was used in this pairing to show the flavors of the beer in terms of the colors like the honey, citrus, hops, dark as well as pair with the label colors. The dark yet tropical aspects of this beer can be seen in the girls psychotic stare and appearance. This beer is dark but has lots of rich tropical flavors.

Sources:
http://anime-pictures.net/pictures/get_image/121785-1696×1000-elsevilla-short+hair-wide+image-blue+eyes-green+eyes-blue+hair.jpg

2014 RealTail Collaboration by Real Ale and Freetail brewing

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2014 RealTail Collaboration by Real Ale and Freetail brewing is a 6.66%ABV Cascadian Dark India Pale Ale.

Label:
2014 Central Texas Collaboration
realtail
the black white IPA
brewed and bottled by freetail brewing co. of San Antonio in Collaboration Real Ale brewing Co. of Blanco.
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A special thanks to my friend Aaron from Texas, owner and beer reviewer of www.beermetaldude.com who hooked me up with an even more elusive, super exclusive, brewery only release of this beer. This beer is so exclusive that there is little information about the beer even though it was made by two great Texas breweries and sold at Freetail this year. The idea behind RealTail is that it is supposed to be a Black IPA by color but a White IPA by taste. Or so it goes. An IPA that I may have tried similarly was the Bear Republic’s Black Race IPA long ago. It was black in color but man, the tropics and herbal hops were the win there. So I am very curious to see what the special creation of Real Ale and Freetail have to offer. Both breweries which I have reviewed their beers before are very delicious and awesome. Cheers to those good folks and Cheers to you Aaron once again, thanks brother!

Aromas:
Grapefruit, grassy and piney hops, citrus, Smoked malt, tropical fruits like mango, papaya, molasses, anise, herbs, peaches, caramel and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Smoked malts, mild chocolate, Grapefruit, grassy, earthy, and piney hops, citrus, tropical fruits like mango, papaya, pineapple, molasses, anise, herbs, brown sugar, peach hints, caramel, biscuit bread and flowers.

Aftertaste:
Grassy and earth hop resin, citrus, mango hints, caramel and smoked malt. No alcohol in the taste, easy to drink, refreshing and crisp with a medium mouthfeel.

Overall:
This is very interesting. There is a balance of the black smoke, and malty goodness of the black IPA and the herbal, dank and tropical fruit hoppy flavors of a regular IPA all melding together really nicely. So while it is not a black IPA trying to be a white IPA in taste, it is actually a fusion of both. This is great! If you love Black IPAs, this is awesome!

Anime Corner:
Original Artwork by Osamu (Jagabata) was used in this pairing to complement the idea of the Black White IPA as well as the collaborative efforts of Real Ale and Freetail in this beer. Some of the colors represent some of the flavors like the smoked malt, mild chocolate, floral notes, earthy hops to some extent tropical fruits and grassy hops. Either way, to me this pairing was just perfect in all ways. What do you guys think?

Source:
http://e-shuushuu.net/images/2012-11-23-543070.jpeg