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Continuing my adventures in non-standard IPAs, it had been a while since I last had a Black IPA.  The style seemed like it was really popular around the time I was getting into beer several years and then fell off shortly thereafter.  Not only did this beer give me a chance to revisit a style I once really enjoyed, I’d like to hope I made Captain Kirk proud as well.

Beer Name: Close Encounters

Brewery: Pipeworks Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)

Style: Black IPA

ABV: 6.0%

Description: The can called it a meeting of rich roasted malt and aggressive hops.

Appearance: Black body with bubbly tan head.

Smell: Citrus fruit and pine resin, with undertones of roasted dark malts.

Taste: Citrusy sweetness enhanced by piney hops and a subtle backing of dark malts.  The finish brought on a bit of roasted coffee then blended nicely with the opening flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly moderate level of carbonation.

Hype: None that I was aware of.  This brewery now gets pretty regular distribution in my area now and Black IPAs aren’t really trendy these days amongst hardened beer seekers,

Overall: I really enjoyed this and thought it was very tasty.  It offered a great blend of flavors and was a nice throwback to some of the brews that got me into beer in the first place.  Definitely recommend and definitely something I’d drink again when I get the chance.