Black IPA

Submitted by DM on Wed, 07/08/2013 - 20:56

This novel style of beer from the States has now become an established style – even though the name grates every time I say it.   It’s an oxymoron - is it black or is it pale?

What it is though is a heavily hopped IPA using stereotypically American hops – citrus & pine resin flavours & aromas – but with a very dark malt that leaves minimal burnt or roast character.   So it’s not just an over-the-top hoppy porter or stout.

A good example of the style I've tasted is: Hardknott, Code Black.   It was my favourite beer at the MOSI Beer Festival 2012 & available in most Booths stores.

I've even brewed one myself.