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Black Hops - Beer Review

Updated on October 5, 2012

Black Hops Beer, Blue Hills Brewery, Canton, Massachusetts

One of the greatest pleasures in the world of beer is the fragrance of dark beer. Black Hops Beer delivers this pleasure extremely well. Rich, deep and a little smoky, the aroma wafts up at you as you pour yourself a tall, dark amber glass. "Drink me," it says. So I do.

Effervescence is a little disappointing, I have to say. Even the second glass doesn't sport much of a head. Nevertheless the toasty dark beer flavor is clean and crisp and goes down very smooth indeed. Kind of a Beck's Dark without the preservatives, almost.

The color is quite true to dark beers everywhere. Not as opaque as a stout, but not quite translucent either. The taste is also representative of dark beers, smoky like its fragrance, with a lingering aftertaste that is borderline bitter - not in a bad way but in an intriguing way that stays with the drinker even when several minutes pass between sips. For this reason Black Hops is a great beer to socialize with. There is no reason to make haste to drink it since it remains robust in the glass straight through the bottle.

Blue Hills Brewery calls Black Hops their masterpiece, but for my money, Antimatter is the better beer. Antimatter is a really extraordinary beer made in a radically different way. Black Hops is a great dark beer, and good company for a leisurely evening with friends, and I won't hesitate to drink it again. Yet nine times out of ten, I'll go with the Antimatter given the choice.

With alcohol content of 6.75 percent, Black Hops has a respectable punch, but not enough to put you to sleep. Once again, a great beer to socialize with. Nevertheless, drink responsibly, buckos.


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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      It is a great beer for the discerning palate, certainly. Thanks so much! :)

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Sounds like something I'd enjoy for sure - toasty and smoky sold me right there. Next time I'm in the neighbourhood, it will be on the menu ;-)

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      That's great, Jim. It is really a fresh, great tasting beer.

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      jim 6 years ago

      this is an Awesome brew, i just found my new favorite,i like this beer way more than i like my Guiness

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you for stopping by, Sally! Now I can have fun imagining what kind of beer you like :)

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      I am not familiar with this beer. May be too "rich" for my palate. Looking forward to your next beer!

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      I love Guinness, too, JK. But my all time favorite is Arrogant Bastard Ale, by Stone Brewery down 'round San Diego. That stuff is the beer of the gods.

      That's right, Dallas! Thank you!

      What a great memory, Jeff. I think I'll have to tour some local breweries around here, make some new memories for myself. And I haven't been fishin' in a long time, either. Thanks!

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      Jeffrey Penn May 6 years ago from St. Louis

      I remember my dad and I on back gravel roads in the Missouri Ozarks on our way to a clear stream for smallmouth bass flyfishing armed with a book about the best beers. We "tasted" our bud lite and promptly poured it out and went in search of real beer. Is this one available outside of Massachusetts? Voted up and interesting.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Beer for my horse and whisky for my men! Flag up!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      For my money, I'll take a Guiness!