Widmer Brothers – Pitch Black IPA

Widmer Brothers - Pitch Black IPABrewed by: Widmer Brothers Brewing

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

Style: Black IPA

ABV: 6.5%

Commercial Description:

Pitch Black IPa takes you to the dark side with our take on Cascadian dark ale. Debittered black malt lends a midnight hue along with rich, toasty malt flavor. Generous doses of alchemy and cascade hops provide a complex herbal aroma and a subtle citrus note, balance perfectly by a smooth Widmer Borthers finish. Embrace the dark side.


Aroma 6/10

Appearance 4/5

Taste 7/10

Palate 3/5

Overall 20/30


There isn’t much aroma as compared to other black IPA that I have had. You have to get pretty close to smell much. It does smell pretty sweet though and can smell the toasted malts. I enjoy the little smell that there is.

Looks amazing, I love a pitch black (no pun intended) looking black IPA. When you have to put it up to a light to see through it, that is perfect, and that is what this is.

I like the taste. Nothing incredibly special about it, but it tastes like a general black IPA should in my opinion. Tastes sweet, and seems to have some hint of coffee taste in the background. There is pretty much no after taste. That is good for some and not for others. I personally would like it to sit on my tongue a little longer.

It is very smooth, feel refreshing on my palate. Not overly hoppy, but they are there. Would love to taste and feel a little more of those hops, but what is there is balanced well.

Overall it is a very reasonable black IPA. I will defiantly have it again. With its balanced taste and its smooth refreshing feel, it is a good beer for any occasion. Not going to rush out and buy it tomorrow, but next time I see it I will most likely grab a bottle.


*This is by no means a professional beer review. I am just a guy who loves beer and want to share my thoughts on the beer I try and help others find new and interesting beers. There are thousands of beers out there, don’t be afraid to grab a new one!

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