It's time for a drop of the unusual: a black IPA. Black and pale - isn't that an oxymoron? This is a dark, almost black ale with a small beige head. If I closed my eyes and sniffed it, I would expect to be about to taste a dark golden ale due to the hoppy aroma but with a massive burst of liquorice flavours on tasting there's no mistaking it as a black beer.
It does have quite a complex taste due to no less than 5 different hops used as part of the brewing process, namely Amarillo, Cascade, Citra, Chinook and Nelson Sauvin. It leaves a lovely creamy liquorice taste on the tongue after the black bubbles burst in your mouth. I don't think I have tasted anything quite like it - it's dark and strong, yet refreshing and easy drinking.
Brewed by Sadler's, Stourbridge, West Midlands