The low down on Black IPA s:
In our Buba voice, “We go white IPAs, Red IPAs, Imperial IPA, Brown IPAs, IPAs with fruit in it, IPAs with milk in it, and Black IPA. That’s about all the IPAs I can think of right now”.
The world of IPAs are crazy right now, and there are so many variations of them.
But one of our favourite style of IPA is the infamous Black IPA.
This is a super new-ish style, and the first record of it being brewed was back in 1994 from a brewery on the east coast of American from a place called Vermont Pub and Brewery.
Although, there is a bit of debate, and slight tension between the East coast and West coast of American as to who actually “invented”.
If you ask us, we don’t really care. We’re just happy that someone did come up with the style!
So what is a Black IPA?!
That’s a damn great question!
Imagine if beers were actually meteors based in a fictional universe. And in this universe there were 2 special meteors known as Stout and IPA. One day in Beer Universe, Meteor IPA and Meteor Stout had a violet crash with each other, and then 2 became 1. That’s pretty much what a Black IPA is. Sounds great, right?!
Any ways, if we want to get into the nitty gritty of things, the style uses a special ingredient. That ingredient is called “carafe” which is a dehusked dark malt. Basically when the dark malt is dehusked, the malt gives the appearance of a dark beer without the big huge roasted flavours of a noramal dark malt.
After brewing with this malt base, they then heavily hop the beer like an IPA.
If you were to close your eyes, and try a black IPA you would initially recognize it as an IPA. However, once that initial hop kick calms down, you’ll pick up on a subtle roasted characteristic.
It really is the best of both worlds. Or the best of both meteors so to speak.< Blog