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
Magnotta Brewery Double Drooling Dog Black IPA
Canada
2
2.900
Hopworks Organic Secession Cascadian Dark Ale
OR, United States
2
3.380
Pelican Bad Santa
OR, United States
2
3.280
Boldwin Brassin Ephémère IPA Noire
Canada
1
3.200
Haven Disco Pants
CA, United States
1
3.050
Three Heads Skunk Black IPA
NY, United States
1
3.350
Le Castor l’Eclipse
Canada
1
3.175
Golden Road It's Not Always Sunny In L.A.
CA, United States
1
3.175
Hill Farmstead Foster
VT, United States
1
3.175
Founders Project PAM
MI, United States
1
3.325
Mother Road Brewing Lost Highway Imperial Black IPA
AZ, United States
1
3.350
Whiprsnapr Troublmakr
Canada
1
3.225
Revolution Jukebox Hero
IL, United States
1
3.250
R&B You Say Barley! We Say Rye!
Canada
1
2.975
Short's Brewing Goodnight Bodacious
MI, United States
1
3.200
Half Acre Lead Feather
IL, United States
1
3.250
Heaven & Ale Brewing Harsh Caw
TN, United States
1
3.300
Moylan's Our Dark Secret
CA, United States
1
3.200
Karbach El Hopadillo Negro
TX, United States
1
3.175
Lake Of Bays The West Wind
Canada
1
3.175