I have to admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Black IPA. I’ve tried dozens and keep trying new ones. I’m not sure why, because rarely do I find one that works. I guess I like the challenge of finding one that makes me rethink my personal tastes.
Why don’t I like most Black IPAs? Aside from wet hop beers, I think Black IPAs are one of the hardest beers to get a perfect balance. You’re taking two things, dark roasts and bold citrus hops, and smashing them together. These are two flavors that are not automatically complementary. They compete with each other and clash horribly when not done right. What you end up with is an overly roasted, burnt coffee taste followed by a tongue slashing bitterness with notes pine, citrus and tropical fruits. Not my idea of a good time.
Knee Deep Brewing Midnight Hoppyness is one of those few examples that achieve a great balance between these competing flavors (Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack is another and my favorite example of the style.) I first
Source: Beer in Hawaii
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