Black Circle

Georgia
United States
Southbound Black Circle Double Black IPA Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Black Circle is our newest brew, and was created with our friends from a local radio station down in Savannah, GA. This Double Cascadian Dark Ale used special de-bittered German dark malts to give it smooth, roasty, chocolate flavors. It has huge notes of earthy, piney, and citrusy flavors and aromas. Coming in at a little over 8% ABV, this dark and hoppy brew will turn you up and not away.

Profile

ABV: 
8.2%
IBUs: 
80
Served at: 
50 - 55˚ F
Hops: 
Magnum, Simcoe
Malts: 
Two-Row, Crystal 120, Wheat, Carafa Special III
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Southbound Brewing's Black Circle Double Cascadian Dark Ale is a well-balanced, approachable brew that should find fans even amongst those beer connoisseurs who do not prefer this particular style. This deep brown to opaque brew with ruby highlights has a solid tan creamy head along with an inviting, dank resiny hop aroma as is expected for the style.  The flavor exhibits a wonderful balance of moderately roasty dark malts along with a very assertive hop bitterness and moderate dank hop flavor.  Very little of the acrid character typically seen with the use of heavily roasted malts is evident.  The fermentation character is quite clean with few esters noted.  A moderate level of alcohol is present, but this marries well with the other flavor components that are exhibited.  The medium body and somewhat low carbonation levels of this brew complement the malt flavors well, delivering a rich mellow character.    

Overall, while perhaps a bit on the light end of flavor impact for a Double Black IPA, this is still a very clean and extremely quaffable interpretation of the style.

Brewery Introduction

Southbound Brewing Company is the first production microbrewery located in Savannah, Georgia. Southbound launched our first brew in the state in mid May 2013. We aspire to become the most innovating and exciting yet. By bringing the American beer revolution to Savannah's back door, we hope to... Read More

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