Classic American IPA hops bring a plethora of dank and citrus aromas to Freak State, a limited release ink black IPA from BrewDog; pine needles, tree sap, lime peel and nectarine, supported by grassy and floral notes. Meanwhile, a grain bill incorporating Black Malt and Crystal Rye evokes roasty espresso and bitter chocolate.
The palate is huge and complex, with bittersweet dark malt notes up front, developing into ripe stonefruit and fruity coffee. Simcoe and Chinook provide a pungent resinous undercurrent, and a hint of alcohol warmth provides body and accents the hints of sweetness that keep this engaging beer in perfect balance.
Malts: Pale, Black, Rye, Rye Crystal
Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Citra, Columbus