Just like you, but different
After the dark clouds of the last couple of days I needed something to brighten the day, or a dark beer. It is a glorious evening outside and we might even be eating ‘al fresco’ as they might say. I’m going, for no reason, with a Rush of beer, a rush of music, rush to the high numbers and rush, there’s a party!
Smoky. Coffee. Flavour.
Black IPA, Chinook single-hop. It’s back, but bigger and blacker than before.
Our multiple award-winning Chinook IPA has been reinvented as a more mellow, maltier brew, but still with the distinctive fresh hoppy taste.
It’s the perfect IPA that makes a refreshing change for those wanting a couple of quiet bevies in front of a roaring fire (if it’s cold) or a well-earned end-of-day restorative in the sun (if it’s warm).
So, what could possibly go wrong? Top flipped with a loud pop, the aroma I thought was of chocolate, maybe that’s the aroma I want it to be? but then it settles slightly to a more hoppy sweetness..
Pour is dark and it is with a head that is an embarrassment ti my man card, however it looks divine light mocha, and there was surprisingly very little spillage, so I redeemed a point.
I re-read the chinook expected hop profile and it’s pretty close, although I might not go with spicy in this partial beer, it is bitter but only briefly and not loudly,
An interesting beer then, but somewhat also underwhelming, there isn’t a lot by way of body, but then you might get that with just a single hop profile, so I don’t know that is really a shortcoming or as a result of. Does drink well though, and looks brilliant in the glass as supping leaves lacing that is decorative and bit impressive.
I believe that this has been a beer of higher ABV than this iteration, and that might be a good thing too, Quite liking that chocolate or smoky aroma that this gives out to, making each mouthful a smile.
The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. I think this is a good beer, and it is enjoyable, but it isn’t something that you can explore, it is what it is, that’s it, the all of it, fridge cold or warmer, the single hop profile. I wasn’t disappointed though, as it is a pleasant and uncluttered beer that suited the mood, and as I’m finishing this outside in the sun, the climate.
The double dip review
Music for this : the equally as unusual ‘ Sia ‘ with ‘ 1000 forms of fear ‘ on spotify of course. Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, usually referred to mononymously as Sia, is an Australian singer and songwriter. This is a track called ‘Alive’
An emerging beer style roughly defined as a beer with IPA-level hopping, relatively high alcohol and a distinct toasty dark malt character. Typically lacks the roastiness and body of a strong stout and is hoppier than a strong porter. Expressive dry-hopping is common. Also called India Dark Ale, India Black Ale, Cascadian Dark Ale, Dark IPA, and sometimes India Brown Ale.