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Black and Hoppy Beers: Your Thoughts


Y&H readers were surprisingly vocal about yesterday's discussion of whether the emerging style of dark, hoppy beers should be called "black IPAs," "Cascadian dark ales," or "darkhoppytastygoodnessofneedlessdispute." I'm pushing for "black IPA"; WaPo's Greg Kitsock likes "Cascadian dark ale." Here's what you thought:

"CDA" garnered votes from industry folk, such as @ThBlackSquirrel and @KnuckleHeadDC, a.k.a. Big Hunt bar manager Dave Coleman. Reader @MetromixSD took issue with the floridity of "cascadian" ("like, at least three syllables in that word, man"), while @jake_grover called the label "pretentious." Then there's this astute response, which notes that the mythical land of Cascadia does not merit its own beer.

@BillDeBeer Black IPA, far and away. I don't base my beer nomenclature on fantasy US-Canada secession territories. Ever.

Thankfully, reader @Buffalo_Theory, the first responder, reminded us that beneath all the nomenclatural fuss, there's a beer to be enjoyed. What does he call the new brews? "Delicious."

  • Brad

    I'm a fan of "Black IPA"

    Make sure to check out the newly released Aug/Sept issue of Ale Street News, as these dark IPAs (and their birthplace) is the cover story...

  • luke

    Back in black IPA is currently on draft at meridian pint

  • Norman

    Wait, wait, back up a second. In the original article, Shtuhl says, "Black IPAs are a fresh take on that distinctly American style of beer..."

    IPAs are most certainly a British invention and any beer lover worth his hops would know this.

  • darren

    Isn't a "Black ... Pale Ale" a bit of an oxymoron?

    Why not drop the "P" and call them IBAs?

  • NW Refugee

    I think the name should reflect the geographic origin of the beer - the Republic of Cascadia - and call it Cascadian Dark Ale. Plus, Black and Pale are a bit of a stretch all at once