American Double/ Imperial IPA | 9.00% ABV

There’s been a lot of discussion on this new style. Many seem to think that it deserves it’s own category and many, like me, think it should just fall under the hybrid section. Black IPA’s have been spawning a lot of conversation lately. You may remember a post I made awhile back talking about Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous. We won’t take the time to discuss it all again, you can visit that post and formulate your own opinion.

Once again we have a blend of two styles here. Initially we have the appearance of a stout with it’s very dark color and stiff tan head which retains it’s stature very well. There is a slight similarity to a stout in the flavor. A slight malt bitterness pokes through the IPA characteristics which are most abundant in the beer. The body of the beer is medium while the aroma and flavor are loaded with hoppiness. If you would close your eyes while taking a sip, you may have trouble realizing it’s not your standard IPA. Like I mentioned in my Stone post, this is a fantastic style. They are perfect for pairing with so many foods and are such a nice blend of differing beer styles.

Pairing Suggestions:

Grilled beef: steaks, burgers, ribs. Beef tacos and enchiladas.

beer + food = Barleydine

Beer reviewed by Uncle Barley Josh



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