Friday, April 5, 2013

Blue Point Toxic Sludge

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (846) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 5, 2013
I 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 IPA.

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. 
Grade: 7/10