Does anyone else really dislike Black IPAs?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by darkmoon66, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. The only ones I have liked are FW Wookey Jack and Maine Beer Co Weez.
  2. superspak

    superspak Poobah (1,020) Michigan May 5, 2010

    I like every color of IPA; Black, white, red. I prefer Black/Red IPAs to have a solid malt foundation and be pushing towards being balanced, but are still hop forward. I have had a few that were black and tasted like a normal IPA. White IPA needs to have the witbier yeast or it's not a white IPA IMO. (Looking at you NB Accumulation)

    All that aside, my favorites:

    Stone Sublimely, Hoppin Frog Hop Heathen, Southern Tier Iniquity, FW Wookey Jack, Deschutes Hop in the Dark, Arcadia B-Craft, Founders Inspired Artist(needs to come back), Shorts Goodnight Bodacious
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  3. I don't dislike the style per se, but after having a few dozen examples of the style over the years I just don't feel compelled to seek it out. If the option is there i'd rather have a "normal" IPA or stout.
  4. Love black ipas
  5. prock180

    prock180 Savant (325) Arizona Mar 9, 2013

    Most of them that i have had i thought were great. dubhe, mountain standard, sublimely, devastation, sante fe black ipa, butchertown by speakeasy are all excellent examples at least for me. I like the style and look foward to trying new ones that i run into.
  6. ziggyzoggy

    ziggyzoggy Savant (250) Ohio Apr 30, 2013

    Had a MadTree "Everything Went Black" black IPA Thursday night. Not bad, but wasn't overly impressed.
  7. DemoniChris

    DemoniChris Savant (390) Nebraska Jun 4, 2013

    One of my favorite styles. SSR and Wookey are obviously at the top of the game. Mountain Standard and Black Top on a lower tier, but certainly worthy contenders of the style. Grainstorm by Boulevard was pretty tasty as well, though I don't remember it much. Gonna have to reevaluate when it comes out again.
  8. BergBeer

    BergBeer Savant (265) Rhode Island Aug 21, 2013

    Wookey jack is liquid gold. For real.
  9. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Advocate (655) Ohio Feb 27, 2007

    I love porters, stouts, and IPAs. I've had a bunch of Black IPAs- and the majority of them to be misses because it can be a hot mess of resin and roasted malt bitterness-besides the flavors usually don't mix well for me.

    There are however, a handful of these that I really like. One of those that I really enjoy is sublimely self righteous.
  10. I don't hate them but yeah, its a tricky style. Too much hops and you get unpleasant clashes with the roasted malts that taste like someone mixed stale coffee with rancid warm orange juice, too little hops and you basically have a porter. In Western Canada there is a "Cascadian brown ale" called Skookum from Phillips that strikes a decent balance.
  11. shredder83

    shredder83 Savant (430) Illinois Feb 21, 2013

    I love anger, that's one of the black ipas I've had.
  12. I dont dislike them, but they are loosing their appeal to me. The first one I had was Sublimely Self Righteous a couple years ago (when it was the anniversary release I believe). I loved it. But the more I drink different examples of the style, the less I like of the style as a whole. I do really enjoy SSR still though.
  13. russpowell

    russpowell Poobah (1,115) Oklahoma May 24, 2005

    Love many of the ones listed here (SSR, Mountain Standard & Dubhe ). Marshall from Tulsa makes a nice one El Cuy Cuy. The poorly executed ones always come across astringent to me & are dumpster fires at best...
  14. darky

    darky Savant (260) South Dakota Apr 16, 2010

    I agree. Possibly my least favorite variety. Falls into the "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" column.
  15. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Really dislike the style. Give me an IPA, give me a Porter. Don't want to them mixed together.
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  16. Brew_Junkie

    Brew_Junkie Zealot (80) Delaware Dec 13, 2013

    I honestly never had a Black IPA that I immediately didn't want to spit out. I've tried and tried to like atleast one, even going to some of my favorite brewers, but still no joy. This was probably one of the last one I've had before I quit the style for good. Laughing Dog has many good offerings though.

  17. GuitarIPA

    GuitarIPA Savant (400) Connecticut Mar 24, 2013

    I can't get into them.
  18. SFNC

    SFNC Savant (320) North Carolina Apr 7, 2013

    I have not had one that I would revisit. Shame, it looks a good concept on paper.
  19. BeerWizard

    BeerWizard Savant (345) Colorado Dec 22, 2012

    I don't really get the point of them. I've had Mountain Standard and Dubhe - both huge, flavorful beers, wouldn't get either again. I'm over white IPA's as well. Just make a regular IPA, dammit.
  20. surfrogue1

    surfrogue1 Savant (325) Maryland Mar 14, 2013

    ARE YOU F$%KING KIDDING ME??? All Hops, All Stoke. Come to the Dark Side!

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