Pitch Black IPA (Widmer Brothers Brewing)

Pitch Black IPA is a seasonal beer (January-April) from Widmer Brothers Brewing. This American Black Ale/Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA has 65 IBUs and 6.5% ABV.

Pitch Black IPA takes you to the dark side with our take on Cascadian Dark Ale. Debittered black malt lends a midnight hue along with rich, toasty malt flavor. Generous doses of alchemy and Cascade hops provide a complex herbal aroma and subtle citrus notes, balanced perfectly by a smooth Widmer Brothers finish. Embrace the dark side. 

Pitch Black pours a deep brown/black with delectable garnet hues. There was practically no head or hint of one. Lacing is light with a just a few splashes of foam left behind.

The smell is of pine hops, grain and faint smoke. I also picked up hints of dark chocolate.

Dark malts dominate the flavor of this beer; so much so, that I originally thought of an ESB. However, a hint of bitter hops comes through in the middle before fading to  a cracker-like lightness. There’s a sweetness, similar to honey, that dances around inside each sip of this dark beer.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium, but dries at the end.

Pitch Black IPA is a tasty beer, but then again it’s made by Widmer Brothers, so I wouldn’t expect any less. Although it’s not quite as hoppy as I hoped, I was still relatively happy with the drinking experience.

Overall: 7 out of 10

As a CASCADIAN DARK ALE: 6.5 out of 10

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