Last Cast Black IPA from Bitterrroot Brewing
As fall rapidly descends into winter, which comes oh so early in Montana, it is nice to have a beer that bridges the seasons, by in terms of style and flavor profile. Black IPA, Cascade IPA, Dark IPA, American-style India Black Ale…whatever you call the style, it is one of those distinctly American concepts. An intense blending of seemingly opposites, like Asian tacos. Some folks think that it is a Northwest invention, while others demand that Vermont brewers should be credited with the original idea, but the truth seems to be that idea for the American-style India Black Ale popped up independently among brewers on both coasts and a multitude of home brewers in between. It is the extension of two things that American craftbeer enthusiasts totally grove on, deep roasted malts and an over the top hop bomb. The Last Cast Black IPA from the Bitterroot Brewing Company is a great representation of the style with its smooth roasted notes upfront that are followed by the classic Northwest hop profile of resin and citrus flavors.
Last Cast Black IPA Particulars
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-65 IBUs (my best guess)
Last Cast Black IPA Notes
Appearance: Out of the bottle, it was a nearly opaque black with the slightest hints of translucency. Very light tan head that was about 1 finger high.
Aroma: Tons of citrus with roasted and cocoa notes dancing in the background.
Mouthfeel: Nice medium body with just enough carbonation bite to cleanse the palette.
Taste: The hoppiness and cocoa flavors contrast each other in a way that accentuates both. Most of the other Black IPAs that I have tasted are simply dominated by one end of spectrum or the other. Well done in terms of balance.
Overall: One of the most drinkable Black IPAs that I have partook in…not the best or most interesting, but very well crafted and delivered.
Bitterroot Brewing Company