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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

North West Alpha

The Hippity Hoppity Series
Volume 4

You are now about to witness the strength of hop knowledge. Straight outta Yakima!

Make it black and hoppy...

From one side of the country where the vast majority of American hops are grown to another in Vermont where this style is credited to have originated at The Vermont Pub & Brewery under the late Greg Noonan. What's this style called you ask? Well its gone by everything from the simple Black IPA, to the elegant Cascadian Dark Ale, to Totalitarian names like American-Style India Black Ale and American-Style Black Ale. Personally I like to keep it simple on this so I'll go with Black IPA or as in this case Double Black IPA.

We started with English Maris Otter pale malt,light crystal malt,Belgian biscuit malt, German munich and roasted black malts. This culmination of grains results in a black as night color that combines a bouquet of roasted cacao beans and a citrus fruit basket from the use of hops like Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe and Warrior. Medium bodied in palate with an assertive bitterness, fresh baked Russian black bread with a touch of Seville oranges and fresh grapefruit zest.

Grab a pint, find yourself something to dance to and keep it real by keeping it hoppy.

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