Don’t be fooled by this wolf in sheep’s clothing, although dark, Indian Black Ale has all the flavour characteristics of an American IPA, this ale is hoppy with citrus notes and has a small amount of Carafa III, an exclusive German malt produced from de-husked barley which reduces the harshness usually associated with highly roasted grains, while retaining the required colour and body.
A moderate to high hop aroma with tropical, citrusy, berry or melon character, it has a very low to moderate dark malt aroma and additionally some clean or lightly caramel malty sweetness may be found in the background.
Almost every familiar beer style has a long history, however India Black Ale also known as Cascadian Dark Ale or American Style Black IPA has relatively modern roots. It was first brewed in the 1990’s at the height of the craft beer revolution but didn’t become truly common until around 2009, although British brewers argue that dark, hoppy beers were being produced in England a century before! The style – called Black IPA was just recently added into the Beer Judging Style Parameters when they were updated in 2015.
PAIRING AND SERVING
Black Ale works well with aged gouda, strong cheddars, grilled shrimp and ginger spice cake.
Serve slightly warmer than fridge temperature and enjoy within 3 months – the fresher the better.