Man I love hearing beer geeks fight. At the end of the day, I just love and want to drink beer. But… there are some style questions that come up along the way. 2010 was a big year for Black IPA errr Cascadian Dark Ales aka the dark-hoppy beers. This is a battle I’ve seen wage on for a while now. What beer geeks sometime forget ( and I’ll get flamed for this) is that there really isn’t anything wrong with calling something a black IPA. At the end of the day, you tell me its a black IPA I know what to expect.
American-Style Black AleAmerican-style Black Ale is perceived to have medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, balanced with a medium body. Fruity, floral and herbal character from hops of all origins may contribute character. The style is further characterized by a moderate degree of caramel malt character and dark roasted malt flavor and aroma. High astringency and high degree of burnt roast malt character should be absent.Original Gravity (ºPlato) 1.056-1.075 (14-18.2 ºPlato) â— Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato) 1.012-1.018 (3-4.5 ºPlato) â— Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 5-6% (6 -7.5%) â— Bitterness (IBU) 50-70 â— Color SRM (EBC) 35+ (70+ EBC)
I guess we were all wrong. All things being equal, if you tell me its a black IPA – I get it…
Another cool article from Washington Beer Blog —> http://www.washingtonbeerblog.com/get-it-right-its-an-india-black-pale-lager-ale/