Black IPA

Includes styles: Cascadian Dark Ale

Recipes:
5,715
BJCP 2021:
21B
Era:
Craft
Origin:
North America
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Dark
Strength:
High
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

The Black IPA, also known as Cascadian Dark Ale among other names, is a contemporary beer style that combines the hop-forward profile of an American IPA with the dark, often roasty elements typically found in darker ales and stouts. Originating in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, this style represents a fusion, showcasing the aromatic and flavor characteristics of hops alongside the more complex dark malt flavors.

The appearance of a Black IPA is, as its name suggests, darker than a typical IPA – ranging from deep brown to pitch black – while still maintaining clarity. It's topped with a generous head, usually tan or light brown in color. Its unique visual character sets it apart from its lighter-hued cousins biophysically but aligns closely with them through elevated hop bitterness and aromatic profiles.

Flavor and aromas are where the Black IPA really stands out; it offers a complex interplay between the citrusy, piney, floral, and sometimes tropical fruit notes from American or New World hops and the subtle chocolatey to roast-like qualities derived from dark malts. The malt choices are critical; they should provide enough character to be noticeable but not so strong as to overpower the hops. The balance is key in a Black IPA – the bitter hop flavors should be at the forefront with the darker malts providing support but not clashing. This contrasting marriage of tastes helps differentiate it from other hop-centric styles like American Pale Ales or even standard IPAs while setting it distinctly apart from stouts or porters which emphasize malt profiles over hops.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
5.5 – 9.0 %

In Database
4.8 < 6.7 < 9.2 %

Bitterness

Specification
50 – 90 IBU

In Database
35 < 66 < 104 IBU

Color

Specification
49 – 79 EBC
25 – 40 SRM

In Database
38 < 66 < 118 EBC
19 < 34 < 60 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
12.3 – 20.3 °P
1.050 – 1.085 OG

In Database
11.9 < 15.8 < 21.1 °P
1.048 < 1.065 < 1.089 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 4.6 °P
1.010 – 1.018 FG

In Database
1.9 < 3.6 < 5.9 °P
1.007 < 1.014 < 1.023 FG

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