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American Black Ale

Characterized by the perception of caramel malt and dark roasted malt flavor and aroma. Hop bitterness is perceived to be medium-high to high. Hop flavor and aroma are medium-high. Fruity, floral and herbal character from hops of all origins may contribute to the overall experience. This beer is often called a black IPA or Cascadian dark ale.

Category: Specialty Beers

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Shrimp and Grits
  • Blue Cheeses, Aged Gouda
  • Chocolate Truffles

Glassware
& Serving Temperature

Tulip
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Very Dark to Black

Clarity

Clear to Opaque

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild to Noticeable

Hop

Hop aroma is medium-high to high, with hops of all origins contributing fruity, floral, herbal or other notes.

Malt

Medium caramel malt and dark roasted malt aromas are evident.

Esters

Can be present.

Phenols

Not common to style.

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Medium

Finish Length

Medium to Long

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Varies

Malt

Varies

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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