American Black Ale

American Black Ale

664 beers | 3.760 Avg Score

The recently developed American Black Ale (ABA) is the product of American craft brewers’ love affair with hops, and their constant desire to innovate and push the envelope. Believed to have originated at the Vermont Pub and Brewery in 1994, the style has surged in popularity since 2007, especially in the Pacific Northwest region, prompting many to refer to it as a Cascadian Dark Ale. The ABA, often called a Black IPA, is similar to its predecessor, the India Pale Ale, but has had its malt bill modified to include a small percentage of highly kilned or roasted malts, giving the beer a dark brown or black appearance. The aromas are typically grassy, spicy, floral, citrussy and/or piny, thanks to aggressive quantities of hops being added at the end of the boil and as dry-hops. Despite its dark color, the malt flavors are typically in the background as they are dominated by ample bitterness and hop flavor. Flavors are resinous and citrussy, and in some versions the dark malts can lend light caramel, chocolate, coffee, or ashy flavors to the beer. The alcohol content for ABAs is typically in the 5.5%-8% by volume range.

Beer | Location Reviews Score
Bridgeport Dark Rain
OR, United States
2
3.320
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Canada
2
3.320
Anderson Valley Bahl Hornin’ Nettied Madge Black IPA
CA, United States
2
3.320
Windsor & Eton Conqueror
United Kingdom
2
3.320
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NH, United States
2
3.320
Beau's All Natural Pro-Am Series No.11: Le Coeur Noir Black IPA
Canada
3
3.317
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CO, United States
3
3.317
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3
3.317
Wellington Welly One Off: Terrestrial India Brown Ale
Canada
6
3.311
Red Hare Brewing Rabbit's Reserve #05: Bitter Hearts Double Black IPA
GA, United States
1
3.300
Due South Midnight Maurader Black IPA
FL, United States
2
3.300
Windsor & Eton Conqueror 1075
United Kingdom
1
3.300
Flossmoor Station Black Magic IPA
IL, United States
1
3.300
Sacramento Hoptimism
CA, United States
1
3.300
Cigar City / Great Lakes Wandering Pelican
FL, United States
1
3.300
Tomoka Black Drink Coffee Black IPA
FL, United States
1
3.300
Magic Rock Magic 8 Ball
United Kingdom
1
3.300
Iron Hill India Black Ale
DE, United States
1
3.300
Alaskan Brewing Black IPA
AK, United States
7
3.300
Heaven & Ale Brewing Harsh Caw
TN, United States
1
3.300