WOOOO FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND BLACK IPAS!
This, my friends, is my favorite beer time of the year. The harvest ales are starting to rot and you’re all Oktoberfested out, but you still need something to keep you warm on those cold winter nights.
Enter: black IPAs.
I know I mentioned something about a nice post on black IPAs today, but I really don’t have time so I thought I’d let Wikipedia and Upland do the ‘splaining for me.
The Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) (or “Black IPA”) is a relatively new variant of IPA, with a characteristically dark or black appearance, due to roasted malts, while retaining the hop aroma typical of the IPA style…The name refers to the Pacific Northwest Region of the United States (“Cascadia”, related to the Cascade Mountain Range, near where Cascade Hops are grown), where many current commercial versions are made. The style was invented by Greg Noonan in Vermont in the early 1990s, and by the mid-2000s there were several commercial versions made in that state.
Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA is a well-balanced, dark, bitter, and totally unique beer experience. We brewed this IPA with a base of fresh Pilsner Malts and darkened the color with pure Black Malts, creating a clean malt character that allows the liberal hop additions to shine through. Komodo is dry hopped and aged with a pinch of lavender to add to the overall aromatic experience.
6.5% ABV/65 IBUs.
I enjoyed it immensely. I’ve been waiting all year for this stuff, ever since I saw listed under the seasonals at Indy’s Upland tasting room. I’m definitely going to have to stop in for a growler fill. It’s dark and hoppy, but also smooth and “light” enough that you don’t feel like you’re drinking coffee or sludge.
My nice friend over at Daily Beer Review, waaaay down in the anus of Florida, did a beer trade with me, and I got this box from him yesterday! WOO. We picked out beers that aren’t available to each other — so I’ve never tried any of these and I’m dying to crack one open (stupid work).
I have his beers all picked out but I have yet to ship them because I’m cheap and lazy and I wanted to try to reuse his packing material. (Trusting, he is!) But don’t worry dude, I’m getting that out to you posthaste!
Have a great weekend everyone — we’re off to South Bend today to visit the fams. I may do a 5k tomorrow morning with my aunt and cousin. I think I’m ready to get back on the horse.
Peace on Earth –
UPDATE TO INDY FOLKS: I wanted to mention – and forgot – that Rock Bottom (College Park) is tapping their Blizten Black IPA this Wednesday, Nov 17.