“Because it’s the IPA America deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll brew it black. Because it can take it. Because it’s not a traditional pale ale. It’s a silent roast, a hoppy protector. A Dank Knight.”
–Beer Commissioner, probably
(actually, probably not)
We all know that “Black India Pale Ale” is an oxymoron; how can it be both “black” and “pale”? While sometimes called a “Cascadian Dark Ale”, the colloquial name seems to have stuck. Becoming wildly popular with brewers and craft beer drinkers alike (and with good reason, too!), this beer has the dryness and hop-forward flavors of your favorite IPA, but it is darker in color. It’s as dark as the blackest stout, but it lacks the strong roasted/burnt flavors that most people associate with the black color. Extremely drinkable, with small hints of toasty roast, this beer comes straight out of the Pacific Northwest. There is a smidgeon of roast, but it is restrained and is actually complementary to the huge hop aroma and flavor.
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The Dank Knight Black IPA - Extract Recipe Kit Instructions
India Pale Ale came into the brewing scene as a measure in practicality actually. In the 1700s, sailers had trouble getting their beers to India due to the long voyage around the Cape of Good Hope. Brewers would add larger additions of hops, and increase the alcohol content, and thus, the beers could survive the voyage in a time before refrigeration and avoid being flat and sour upon arrival.
- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 152ºF
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.060 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.010-1.012 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 6.3-6.7%
- Bitterness: 61 IBUs
- Estimated Color: 30 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Light LME
- Caramel 60L
- Midnight Wheat
- Corn Sugar
- Magnum Hop Pellets
- Citra Hop Pellets
- Centennial Hop Pellets
- Cascade Hop Pellets
This is a fantastic IPA! Brewed it with the Imperial Flagship Organic Yeast. Pitched it cold as instructed. The dry hop in this recipe makes all the difference. Highly recommend.
Brewing the beer this Friday. The yeast came pretty hot after the ice pack was melted. I put in the fridge right away will have to make a starter to insure it's still alive.
I've gotten quite a few of the recipes from here and this one is no doubt one of my favorites, full dark body with a good amount of hops. Super drinkable and not over powering in the hops or the body that gives it that black color. If you're an IPA lover this is a must try.