Does anyone else really dislike Black IPAs?

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  1. sweetwaterman

    sweetwaterman Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2005 North Carolina

    Pop: ~320 million. Odds are, yes, someone else dislikes black IPAs
  2. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

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

    superspak Poo-Bah (7,481) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    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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  4. mechamifune

    mechamifune Devotee (431) Jan 26, 2008 North Carolina
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    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.
  5. AlaskanYoung

    AlaskanYoung Disciple (381) Dec 1, 2011 Arkansas

    Love black ipas
  6. prock180

    prock180 Aspirant (299) Mar 9, 2013 Arizona

    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.
  7. ziggyzoggy

    ziggyzoggy Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2013 Ohio

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

    DemoniChris Aspirant (205) Jun 4, 2013 Nebraska

    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.
  9. BergBeer

    BergBeer Disciple (340) Aug 21, 2013 Rhode Island
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    Wookey jack is liquid gold. For real.
  10. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Meyvn (1,493) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    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.
  11. CalgaryFMC

    CalgaryFMC Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2013 Alberta (Canada)

    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.
  12. shredder83

    shredder83 Devotee (423) Feb 21, 2013 Illinois
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    I love anger, that's one of the black ipas I've had.
  13. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,787) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    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.
  14. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,100) May 24, 2005 Oklahoma
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    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...
  15. darky

    darky Aspirant (212) Apr 16, 2010 South Dakota

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

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

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

    Brew_Junkie Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2013 Delaware

    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.

  18. GuitarIPA

    GuitarIPA Zealot (548) Mar 24, 2013 Connecticut

    I can't get into them.
  19. SFNC

    SFNC Devotee (481) Apr 7, 2013 North Carolina

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

    BeerWizard Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2012 Colorado

    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.
  21. surfrogue1

    surfrogue1 Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2013 Maryland

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