Last Stand Brewing Company: Black IPA

Last Stand Brewing Company: Black IPA

ABV: 6.9%

IBU: 70

Availability: Rotating

@untappd says: 3.81/5

Is that another stout on the Windowsill? Nope! It’s a Windowsill first—a black IPA!

What the hell is a black IPA, anyway? The style was recognized officially at the Great American Beer Festival… in 2010. Yep. It’s a baby! You might know it by a different name: the Cascadian Dark Ale, named after the Cascadian region of North America where it originated. Or maybe the India Black Ale? How about an American Black Ale? At the most basic level, it’s a beer brewed with dark malts and American hops, and a true Cascadian Dark Ale is made with ingredients from the Cascadian region. Now I know!

Let’s talk about Last Stand Brewing Company’s Black IPA. This was my very first black IPA, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was a little weird getting that hoppy aroma and flavor from a dark ale, but once I got over that, I enjoyed it. I do think the “black IPA” monicker is a bit misleading. This isn’t at all like an IPA, other than the hops. It was good though. More caramel and maltiness than an IPA would have, but good lingering and lacy hoppiness, too. Looking forward to exploring this style more in the future!

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