About Black IPA

About Black IPA
Black IPAs are dark brown to black in color and range in alcohol from 6-8%. This style is also known as Cascadian dark ale or black India pale ale. These beers feature an intense hop aroma and flavor that is balanced by roasted chocolate and caramel malt notes. Originating in the Pacific Northwest, this relatively new style has quickly gained popularity amongst US craft brewers and IPA fans alike.

Noteworthy examples of this style include: Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA, Full Sail Brewing Bump in the Night Cascadian Dark Ale, Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA and Lakefront Brewery Lakefront IBA.

Top Picks for Black IPA

Rogue Ales 5 Hop Black IPA
96 points
Rich walnut color. Roasted aromas and flavors of mocha, dark toasted pumpernickel, chocolate orange peel, and pine forest with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish imparting notes of coffee, baking chocolate, grapefruit and blood orange, and rapini finish. A impeccably balanced IPA with an affinity for grilled meats and great company.
O’Connor Brewing Company Great Dismal Black IPA
90 points
Dark walnut color. Aromas of coffee with coffee cake, cacao nibs, and lettuce with lemon zest with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length chocolate nuts, hint of red hots candy, and pink pepper finish. A very tasty black IPA that will go great with spicy roasted food.
Barley Creek Brewing Co. Tommys Double Black IPA
87 points
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of dark fruitcake, marmalade on pumpernickel, and melted toffee with a velvety, bright, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish displaying notes of mocha latte, chocolate citrus peels, and dried tropical fruits finish. A nicely composed and balanced black IPA with fine malt character; drinks like a hoppy chocolatey porter.