Friday, April 28, 2017

Black Raven Brewing Trickster IPA

Beer Name: Trickster IPA
Brewery: Black Raven Brewing (Redmond, WA)
ABV: 6.9%
How sold: 12 oz cans; 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Total Wine & More (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $2.29

Date Canned: January 5, 2017
Date Bought: February 11, 2017
Date Opened/Drank: February 12, 2017
When brewed? Year-round beer.
IBUs: 70

What's on the Can/Website: "In mythology, the raven can play tricks or otherwise disobey normal rules, hence the name Trickster. This well-balanced IPA has a light fruit, citrus and piney hop aroma with a full hop flavor. With delicately balanced malt and hops and a 6.9% ABV, this beer has truly earned its name." Read more here!

Awards: NABA Silver Medal - Strong Pale Ale Category (2009)

Where distributed: As of February 2017, Black Raven Brewing distributes within the State of Washington. Click here to see if Black Raven Brewing ships your way!

Appearance (5%): Pours clear dark golden with reddish tinge into a pint glass. Off-white head and some lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Amazing tropical citrus, with pine and some complementing malt. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Light citrus hoppy at the start, which continues into the aftertaste. Nothing assertive, but packs good flavor nonetheless. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Not too dry on the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. My YouTube friends over at Cult Moo first told me about this one. It's not far from where they live, and now I can get Black Raven's beer where I'm at. On the one hand, when I try to compare this with other IPAs that I've had, Trickster didn't quite reach the memorable category. On the other hand, Trickster is a solid, go-to IPA that I could enjoy anywhere. If I head to the brewery, I'd definitely get this again (along with a few others). 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.338/5

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