Black IPA All-Grain Kit

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An ebony pint with a beige head is surrounded by an aromatic citrus-and-pine force field, backed by a smooth roastiness redolent of cocoa and French roast coffee. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Black IPA All-Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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Your inner cynic says: "Wait, wait ... isn't this just an Imperial Stout?" Well, let's answer your inner cynic's question with another question: "Isn't a Dunkelweizen just a darker, maltier Hefeweizen?" The answer is both yes and no. There you go, inner cynic. Incubated in West Coast craft breweries and brewpubs (the same folks who brought you American Pale Ale, American Amber Ale, and Imperial IPA – they weren't always established styles, either!), these hefty concoctions throw all pretense at subtlety right out the window. An ebony pint with a beige head is surrounded by an aromatic citrus-and-pine force field, backed by a smooth roastiness redolent of cocoa and French roast coffee. Full-bodied, hop-bitter, and boozy, this beer is compelling enough to both fuel and quash the argument of its stylistic integrity, and it goes great with a blue-cheese stuffed sirloin burger or steak. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style No
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1075
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Newbie all grain brewer - This beer WOW!!! Review by Gabriel
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I've brewed a total of four extract beers and two all grain beers including this BIPA. So far this is my best brewed beer to date. I have been brewing for about a year and this is the first batch I get kegged. This beer awesome!!!!!! One of my friend has been suffering through my beers this one he enjoyed. He was envied that I had 5 gallons kegged in the garange.

This BIPA is on par with Sierra Nevada Blindfold IPA. I mashed at 154F and its great. I'll mash at 152F next time to compare. This will be a regular. I did a small 32oz starter and added an extra vile of yeast as it was starting out. (Posted on 10/21/14)
Excellent! Review by christopher
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My best beer to date by far.. did this recipe BIAB, got an OG of 1.084, FG 1.014, calculated that to be 9.2% abv! You would never know that considering how easy it goes down. Aromas of hops and roasted malts, taste follows with a nice dry bitter finish. This keg will not last long at all. This is the 2nd best black ipa i have ever tasted, second to stone 15th anniversary. That's pretty awesome considering i made this in my backyard! (Posted on 8/28/14)
Easily one of the Best! Review by Andy
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I brewed this recipe earlier this year and loved it. It strikes a surprising balance between the hop bitterness and the roasted notes of the Carafa III and the Chocolate Malt. When I brewed it, I had never tried a commercial Black IPA. Now, having tried several, I actually like this one better!

I can't wait to brew it again. I'll probably increase the dry hops, but otherwise, it is good as is. (Posted on 12/17/13)
Dark and mild-hop Review by Keith
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Easy to brew, I feared it was going to be way hoppie but it turned out really smooth. (Posted on 12/6/13)
Very bright hop flavor Review by eagle83
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This was exactly what I was hoping for. I get a very bright pine flavor from the chinook in mine with a little bit of roasted malt mixed in. The chinook definitely took center stage though.

I ordered an extra oz of chinook, and may make a small hop tea if the flavor starts to fade. Right now it's perfect though! (Posted on 12/3/13)
Great BIPA but looking for more hops Review by Tom
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I'm a hophead, plain and simple. The base of this recipe seems to be excellent but I was surprised to see only a single ounce of dry hopping. Once I tasted the finished beer, I was impressed but also left wanting a bit more hops in the aroma to push it over the top. So I kicked in three more ounces (1 each of Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe) and that did the trick for me. The malt bill is great, with just a hint of roastiness that I like in a Black IPA. It's nothing like a stout, of course; rather, just a hint of roast from the Carafa. (Posted on 11/27/13)
Fan Favorite!! Review by David
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This is an awesome beer! I usually keep 3 different kegs, and this one always goes quick. Like crossing the darkness of a stout with a hoppy IPA. One of my favorites. (Posted on 11/8/13)
A great product Review by Fairsir
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This is one of the most requested brews that my friends ask for. This is a solid ipa built with a body to fill you up in the cooler months as well. A must try for any ipa enthusiast. Also if you want to shake it up a bit, play around with the dry hopping. You can get some incredible flavors! (Posted on 11/4/13)
Fantastic kit! Review by Joshua
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This beer is still in the primary but fermentation was fast and intense. The smell was incredible and I can't wait to try this hop bomb. OG was 1.072. (Posted on 10/20/13)
Big Beer, smooth and hoppy Review by Bob
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Great IPA, well balanced. Farly new to all grain, great kit, clean and long finish. I had to open one after only 6 days in the bottle, still a little flat, but excellent flavor. Well be great by thanksgiving, if there is any left. This will be on the list for a revisit! Suggest using the spent grains for bread, it makes great dinner rolls. (Posted on 10/13/13)
Exceptional Brew Review by Jeremy
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I originally brewed the extract version and was smitten but having switched to all-grain I decided to brew it again to compare. This has a well balanced, roasty and bitter profile with great hop aroma and character. It is the best of the dark and hoppy worlds, making it tough to keep in the keg. A must brew for anyone who loves BIPA/CDAs. (Posted on 8/25/13)
Very tasty!!! Review by tom
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Nice beer. Easy to brew. Very refreshing to drink. Accidentally added too much sparge water, but it was still an amazing beer. (Posted on 5/26/13)
Everybody loves it! Review by Steve
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Took one of the suggestions from an earlier review and doubled the hops! Turned out great! (Posted on 5/5/13)
Very Smooth and Rich Review by Ryan
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This was my first attempt at an all-grain and what a good one it was. This IPA is awesome. It is very rich and smooth with a nice hoppy kick to it at the end. So good im brewing another.

Cheers (Posted on 3/13/13)
Wow, how can homebrew be this good?! Review by Cyclman
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Malty, hoppy, chocolate filled IBA, spectacular! Maybe the best beer I have ever made. Not acrid like a Stout, smoooooth. Can't wait to taste one after six months, but don't think it wil last that long. Will be brewing another soon.
(Posted on 2/3/13)
Really Good aged IPA Review by jay8454
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First NB send grains milled...THEY FIXED THIS and replaced free of charge without returning old grains( I live in Las Vegas and mill my own ).

Made the recipe anyway even thought the grains were cracked for 9 days.

November 14th was start using California Ale Yeast WLoo1 Gravity 1.073 (24 hour yeast starter flocculation after 4 hours pitched 20 min carboy shake )

14 days racked to secondary fermentor added hops as called for by recipe ( November 28th ).

At 34 days from secondary ( January 1st 2013 HAPPY NEW YEAR! ) bottling day and final gravity 1.012 = 6.405 taste is very good flat!, let me say that again; TASTE IS GOOD EVEN FLAT! Yeast really cleaned this beer up good! It tastes like an I. P. A. but BROWN ( dark ) in color. I can't wait to put my free labels on my bottles that I received with the purchase of this recipe. WHAT A GREAT RECIPE!

Why are we still calling this type of beer India, Pale, Ale. We make it in America and drink it here too? (Posted on 1/2/13)
Gorgeous and smooth Review by Wayne
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This one slams flavour into your mouth and leaves you drooling for more. Full of flavour with a smooth finish. I didn't dry hop this one. The hops in the boil are enough to compliment the grain. I'm very impressed. (Posted on 10/21/12)
A must brew Review by Trevor
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Have brewed every style beer I can get my hands on and this black IPA is hands down the most requested brew by family and friends.
Brewed AG, fly sparge, get very high efficiency and ended up a bit strong the first time (9.6% abv) and only dry hopped for 1 week, but was still very good. Second batch came in where I wanted it (8.5% abv) and I dry hopped for a full 10 days and added 1 oz kent goldings (extras I already had) and that combo has been what I've replicated ever since. Love, love, love this complex black masterpiece! After a couple/three weeks in the bottle, it becomes deceptively smooth...... If you haven't yet brewed this one, add it to your list. (Posted on 10/6/12)
Big hit! Review by Jason
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I had some friends over last night to drink several brews and this one stole the show. It was my first time drinking it too and wow. Great beer! (Posted on 7/14/12)
The Black Mamba Review by Matt
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This Black IPA recipe is so solid and you can't go wrong. I had some buddies over for a homebrew party and they couldn't stay away from it. Most hadn't ever tired a Black IPA before and they loved it. I'll definitely be brewing this again. Brew it! (Posted on 5/22/12)
First AG Review by william
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Finally made the switch to AG and the first thing I noticed with this brew was how grainy and dry it came out. I love this beer. Finished at 1010, roasty toasty, hoppy, and fresh. I love that a higher gravity beer doesnt leave my lips sticky after a pint. I never liked darker beers until I started brewing. Prost! (Posted on 4/5/12)
Deeeelish Review by Jlane
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Great brew. Fresh hop flavor and aroma reminds me of harvest time in the hop yard. After 4 weeks in the keg, I still think it could be a little better, so held off on the 5-star rating. (Posted on 3/30/12)
Best Beer Yet Review by Kenny_G
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I have brewed about 5 beers before this and though I did not hit all my numbers it is still the best beer I have ever made. Chocolaty malts with a fresh smell of cascade mixes surprisingly well. I am enjoying one right now. (Posted on 3/18/12)
you got to try this Review by Bob
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very well balanced, big body, nicely hopped used two packs of so5 highly recommend this kit!!! (Posted on 3/7/12)
Will brew again Review by Adam
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Great beer! I added some chinook in the dryhop to give it some extra pineyness (Posted on 3/4/12)
Wow! Review by Dan
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Brewed on 1/16/12 with a OG of 1.083 (1.075 est). Primary for two weeks at 66 degrees, secondary at 66 degrees for two weeks with a 1.010 FG (1.020 est). Yep, that's 9.56% ABV.

It turned out a little high on the ABV, but what the heck! It's a great beer! Could have used a bit more hops flavor, but it tastes great. Definitely can feel the alcohol by the warmth in my mouth and throat. This is going to be a sipping beer for sure.

I love it! (Posted on 2/15/12)
Incredifrikkingtastic Review by mrveeno
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All my friend love this beer, and I do too. I used Safele 05 and used dried whole cascade hops in the secondaries. This is my 4th batch of brew, first all-grain (10 gallons too) and I will be doing it again. (Posted on 1/18/12)
love it Review by Haerbob
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A must brew one of the best beers I have ever dranken Rich & Hoppy I did use a hop aroma tea to prime with. Do not age this one too long you do not want to lose all of this flavor!!! (Posted on 1/3/12)
Let it age Review by Cheez
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This beer is really good after a few weeks in the bottle but it is phenomenal after about 6 months. (Posted on 12/19/11)
Very tasty - BIAB method - 78% efficiency Review by Allan
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So delicious and hoppy. This will be my all year round beer. (Posted on 12/19/11)
a favorite Review by tenmilecharger
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Brewed with 2 packs of US-05 and ended up 8% with 1.012 f.g. I love this beer. Used a secondary fermentation and bottled. Great lacing on the drinking glass and the hops are very powerful making this beer refreshing and satisfying. Alcohol flavor almost undetectable. I expect age to only improve it. Citrus and pine are accurate descriptors. (Posted on 11/27/11)
Fantastic beer Review by booomshakalaka
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Probably the best beer we've made to date - try substituting 1lb. of honey for the corn sugar to avoid some of that residual sweetness. (Posted on 9/15/11)
AWESOME! Review by tx_brewer
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this turned out to be one of the best beers I have ever made. Nice and hoppy, roasty. Very nice. Do this recipe if you like or want to try a black IPA (CDA) recipe. You will NOT be disapointed.
(Posted on 9/8/11)
Best Yet Review by Drew
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This has been my favorite NB whole-grain kit to date. Currently a second batch is in primary. I recommend this highly. (Posted on 7/11/11)
Black n' Hoppy Review by Keuma
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Better than I expected. Best to let it age a little. I got all the mouth feel and darkness I wanted, and a lasting hop flavor. Good beer. (Posted on 6/10/11)
Awesome Review by X
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Loved it. If you like Black IPAs or Black Ales, then you will love this kit. (Posted on 4/19/11)
Black India Pale Stout? Review by Josh
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I brewed this as my first AG, I hit my numbers pretty close, and ended up with 8.4% ABV using Danstar Nottingham ale yeast. This is a big, boozy, dark, chocolatey beer. If you told people it was a stout, few would argue but for the powerful hop presence. I might consider reigning in the chocolate for more roasted flavors in the future. We'll see how it ages. (Posted on 4/12/11)
Fantastic Example of Style Review by Matt
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This recipe is really, really good. I used White Labs WLP060 American Ale Blend and it provided tons of depth to this already complex flavored brew. The combination of ale and lager yeast gave a richness that I haven't experienced yet in my homebrew. I threw 1oz of oak cubes on for only a week while I dry hopped and there is a very slight oak presence. When I brew this again I will use oak cubes for about a month. I highly recommend this kit. (Posted on 3/22/11)
Tasty and toasty Review by jonm
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Good kit. This was the first my girlfriend made from AG. Hit all the numbers perfectly and this turned out very well. Roasted flavor provides additional bitter dimension, but its definitely a roasted IPA instead of a hoppy stout. (Posted on 2/19/11)
Out new favorite brew Review by Reagan
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I had high hopes for this beer and was not disappointed in the least. It combined the best parts of a darker beer flavor with a nice amounts of hops. The high alcohol content of this one helps you from drinking the whole keg too quickly. We're already planning on making another batch so that we don't have to be without it. (Posted on 1/13/11)
Delicious Review by Derek
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I used the dry yeast for this one and was pleased w/ the results. I've been drinking it young with no complaints but after reading the other reviews I think I'll let some age a bit. A great beer for dark beer lovers. (Posted on 1/10/11)
Longer is better! Review by bobbrews
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brewed it on a whim. I followed the directions completely. When I first tried it I was not disappointed but not overwhelmed. After a few weeks it just seemed to get better by the day. As the keg emptied I had found a new favorite beer! I just sipped it thinking it would last longer but alas, when you sip twenty time a day it runs out. Try it but wait a while for it truly ages well! (Posted on 11/20/10)
Excellent brew Review by Worm122
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This beer is kegged and I have a glass or so a week as it seems to age well every glass is better than the last. The beer was easy to make and it turned out awsome!!. Lots of hop flavor and a heavy great mouth feel. (Posted on 9/23/10)
Confused, but worth it Review by Silver Ice
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I love the beer but if I set it down for a second and get lost in a movie or conversation and then reach for my dark beer only to find out it is an IPA. I am just confused.
The aroma is perfect for this beer. Really make you use the different parts of you tough with the sweet hop and the dry & roasted malt flavors.
At least try this, it is worth it. (Posted on 8/21/10)
Very good brew Review by _Jake_
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Everything the other reviewers said is true. This is actually a good brew for beginners because it is difficult to really screw up - the hops impart a lot of flavor.

Because it is a very strong beer - the people that have tried my batch have described it as a "full meal" - so expect a lot of flavor. I will defiantly brew this one again soon. I might even do a double batch! (Posted on 6/22/10)
Really good IPA Review by Rick
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I added 2 lbs of 2 row to the mash and hit 1.085 ,10 points over the OG of 1.075.Used a large starter and FG was 1.017 gave me 8.8%abv.With a very smooth mouthfeel and appealing hop flavor this was a great tasting and very potent beer.Friends and family really enjoy it. (Posted on 5/16/10)
Wow. Falling in love with a new "style", pint after pint. Review by DougBrew
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I'd call it a CDA, but that's besides the pint...err, point. Surprisingly smooth and quaffable, this brew will bring a smile to your face. A nose of bright hop character is backed by roasty coffee notes. Some will say these flavors are destined to clash, but in my opinion they play nicely together. Even though I mashed high, this brew finished dry (fermented with American Ale II at 69-71), which is nice because it lends itself to the "drinkability."

4/5 pints are earned by this recipe, only because I feel there is room for improvement. I'll definitely brew this again, but I may tinker with the hopping schedule or the dry hopping regimen. I absolutely recommend this to fans of IPAs and American Stouts alike. (Posted on 3/2/10)

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