Contradiction – Black IPA

We’ve wanted to brew a black IPA for some time now – in fact you might remember it was part of our argument that ended in a Black Sasion back in spring. So with little argument this time, we went ahead and brewed our Black IPA to round out our winter seasonal lineup for 2012.


Black IPA is a relatively new beer style and a contradiction of terms. How can something be black and pale at the same time? We’re not really sure. Needless to say, because of the newness of the style, and the confusion surrounding what the name means, there is some debate on what a Black IPA is. Generally speaking, there are two main takes on the style:

  1. An IPA black in color with very little roasted character in the brew
  2. An IPA black in color with a large malt backbone and strong roasted and chocolate flavor. This type of Black IPA is often known as a Cascadian Dark Ale. However there is still debate over the naming convention.

Regardless of what you call it, we chose to go with option #1. Our Contradiction Black IPA, though black in color, is light in body allowing the hops to shine through beautifully. Brewed mostly with Cascade and Columbus hops, the flavors of this brew are citrus, grapefruit, spicy, earthy and flowery – with just a kiss of roasted and chocolate malt in the finish.

Contradiction Black IPA
ABV: 7.7% | IBU: 65
SG: 1.070 | FG: 1.012

American 2-Row
CaraMunich III
Debittered Black Malt


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