Profiled by Ken Carman for professorgoodales.net
Whoa? “IPA?” “Black IPA?” More like nut brown color wise. SRM 20 or higher. Much higher. Foam pillow head with slight rock. A lot of cling. Long lasting. Clarity with dark ruby highlights.
A lot of caramel, carmelized malt, sense to the nose. Again: “Black IPA?” Where the hell are hops in nose? More like a brown ale.
Taste really is nut brown-ish. Did they bottle the wrong damn beer in here? Caramelized malt and a bit sour. Is this an old bottle? Mouthfeel: malt, a bit roasted. Hops? Huh?
Mouthfeel is pure malt, about right for a Northern Brown, though not quite as bitter. Shouldn’t it be… more… bitter than a N. Brown? Medium body. “Sour,” yes, but could be aged. Yet hops should not have gone completely bye bye. They pretty much did.
If you find a stray bottle and you hunger for a very slightly soured nut brown, by all means. Otherwise look for a real IPA. “Black IPA?” Eh, more nut brown.