poured a 16oz can into a goblet. I believe there was a Julian date of
11/15/12 on it but I’m not sure (which would make it about four and a
half months old). It cost $3.95 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black in the glass, though it’s brown coming out of
the can. Forms a large, fluffy, white, frothy head which retains and
laces extremely well.
Smell: Slight earthy note with a hint of flowers or other clean scent, though muted overall.
Taste: The black IPA is meant to be a hybrid of the stout and India Pale
Ale style, but lately it seems every brewery is making a standard IPA
and throwing in dark malt just for coloring. That’s how I feel about
Blue Point Toxic Sludge since it tastes like a traditional American IPA
but is lacking the roasty quality that should be found in a true black
IPA. Not that it’s a bad beer, in fact it’s pretty good for what it is,
but more could’ve been accomplished.
Begins with a prominent, slightly sharp, somewhat dry bitterness. It
doesn’t change or develop much throughout the swig. It’s not in the
typical citrus or pine hop flavor, but rather the sheer bitterness. Blue
Point’s website says it’s only 40 IBUs, but it seems a little stronger
than that. A hint of pine or resin on the back end with mild coffee or
dark chocolate flavors in the aftertaste. It’s a rather simple palette
to be sure, but the taste that’s here is pretty good. Unbalanced yes,
but not cloying or gimmicky in any way. Just a solid, standard Black
Drinkability: Blue Point Toxic Sludge is an ideal Black IPA for
beginners or those not appreciative of overly hoppy beers. The mouthfeel
is medium to full bodied, but never intense. There’s a creamy, smooth
texture to it which makes it easy to quaff or sip and savor. At 7% ABV
it’s right where it should be - big enough to be a truly bold beer, but
light enough to not be anything obese or intimidating. An ideal brew to
pair with a hearty meal.