It seems we’re the last to the party on this so-called ‘Black IPA’, having already seen posts by:
- Tyson (two thumbs down)
- Mark at Real Ale Reviews (thumbs up)
- Blogobeer (thumbs up)
- Kieran Haslett-Moore (thumbs up).
We finally tracked it down at Cask in Pimlico last night. We liked it but, at 6.6%, and with an almost harsh bitterness and rich, mouth-coating hops, it was one to enjoy by the half and at a leisurely pace.
The oxymoron in the name is a bit irritating — black and pale..? — although we can see what they’re getting at. We’d probably call it a flowery porter.