American Black Ale

American Black Ale

662 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
Sierra Nevada DevESTATEtion
CA, United States
3
3.350
Beau's All Natural Pro-Am Series No.11: Le Coeur Noir Black IPA
Canada
3
3.317
Sawdust City Reunion Tour Black IPA
Canada
3
3.417
Shillow Bitter Waitress Black IPA
Canada
3
3.400
Boulder 35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA
CO, United States
3
3.400
Oakshire O'Dark:30
OR, United States
3
3.484
Parallel 49 Black Christmas CDA
Canada
2
3.340
Pelican Bad Santa
OR, United States
2
3.280
Gilgamesh Vader
OR, United States
2
3.060
Great Lakes Brewery 25th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA
Canada
2
3.420
Great Lakes Brewery 7 Barrel Series: Apocalypse Later Black IPA
Canada
2
3.260
Thornbridge Raven
United Kingdom
2
3.420
Ruhstaller Capt.
CA, United States
2
3.200
Indeed Midnight Ryder
MN, United States
2
3.400
Cascade Dark Day IPA
OR, United States
2
3.380
Upland Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA
IN, United States
2
3.200
BrewDog Abstrakt AB:06
United Kingdom
2
3.120
Peak Organic Hop Noir
ME, United States
2
3.420
Mikkeller Sort Gul
Denmark
2
3.520
Midtfyns Gleipner
Denmark
2
3.380