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Beer – #852 – Hallertau – Dämmerung Black IPA

Hallertau –   Dämmerung Black IPA.  Also Sunday music on Vinyl day, which is always a bit good.

“… a seasonal release… “

7% ABV of beer in a 500ml bottle, 50 IBU’s, and 215 calories or thereabout a serve, this is 2.8 standard drink units.

Brewed by Hallertau Brewbar & Restaurant in the style of a :Black IPA and they are a stones throw away from me here in Auckland, New Zealand

The Familiar....

The Familiar….

a veil slips over the familiar enveloping with darkness what is known

Dämmerung – The German word for twilight.

The Dammerung Black IPA is the latest seasonal release from Hallertau Brewery.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Hoppy aroma of course on opening, but spiced in some way.

Pour is of a generously carbonated beer, and  had to back off a bit lest I spilt some and that leaves that awkward splash in the bottle that you need to pour.

hallertau-dammerung-black-ipaThe head is amazing though this luxurious and tinged a dark coffee brown against a stark black beer.

Aroma in the glass is of green hops.

I would have thought more than 50 IBU things, this is sharply and pointedly bitter, and comes with a real burst of coffee like flavour in it.

Quite nice though and not difficult to enjoy, but again, I think that 50 IBU seems low.

Black IPA is one of those divisive beers, it’s not an IPA, or it is but with a n agent that makes it black, of course, this particular one seems to lean heavily on the IPA side of the ledger with the aroma and, to labour the point, the bitterness.

It is odd though that this has more a pronounced coffee note than could be expected, since I thought. (and that’s where I went wrong) that the darkness came from roasted malts?

But it looks great, really has a nice aroma about it, and the flavours are all even, if unexpected.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. I was trying to get it to an 8, but. Good, even if challenging. Don’t know why it’s a seasonal though, can’t think of which ingredient lends itself to that, unless it’s the end of a hop season and this is a last hurrah (I’d hate to think filler).

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland in Forrest  Hill of course, but it’s in good places.
  • Am I enjoying it? It’s quite nice, but not exceptional or even memorable.
  • Would I have another? I wouldn’t if I was out and it was available.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I don’t know that it stacks up overall. It looks the part, really does, but looks are deceiving really, and in this instance flatter to deceive.

Music for this: Vinyl Sunday!  ” Charles Bradley” and ” Victim of Love ” which you can follow along on Spotify


Guess where there is scratch that made it stick on one track, in the good old fashioned way

Charles Bradley (born November 5, 1948) is an American funk/soul/R&B singer.


An emerging beer style roughly defined as a beer with IPA-level hopping, relatively high alcohol and a distinct toasty dark malt character. Typically lacks the roastiness and body of a strong stout and is hoppier than a strong porter. Expressive dry-hopping is common. Also called India Dark Ale, India Black Ale, Cascadian Dark Ale, Dark IPA, and sometimes India Brown Ale.


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