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
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.