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Day #91 – (512) Black IPA

April 2, 2011

I think I’ll stick with the Texas beer theme for a couple more days. Got another one on deck for tomorrow too.

(512) Black IPA

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Check out the cute bartender in the reflection. That’s why I do what I do. 🙂

The black IPA as a beer for (512) AND as a style are both new to the beer world. IPAs are typically made with light to medium malts which give them a gentle amber to copper color. However, a black IPA is made using dark, roasted malts usually reserved for stouts and porters of the like. This provides for an interesting juxtaposition of fresh hops versus roasted dark malts. The Black IPA as a style only came upon the beer scene maybe a year and a half ago. A few reputable brewers tried it and it met with a favorable response. Worth the try if you can find one; they aren’t too common.

This beer pours a very dark brown color that almost edges of black. A fair sized tan head sits on top of this one.

The aroma is right off roasted chocolate with sweet malts and only the slightest bit of spicy hops. Malts definitely take the cake on the aroma.

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Flavor is quite dry and roasty as well. The flavors of hops come out as a very dry bitterness. This however compliments the toasted malts as they often times have dry flavors inherent to it. Finishes a gentle dry with a fair bit of chocolate. Not an everyday drinker but I would absolutely order it again. Cool.

Cheers!

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