Black IPA Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0160
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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.

Black IPA Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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Tasty, higher than expected FG Review by EGR
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Might yet get 5 stars. Flavor is there. Tasted the sweet right away on xfer to secondary. Not bad at all, just an observation. Am a little disappointed with 1021 FG (OG 1071). Had done a 650 mL starter with WLP051 for 24 hours, and kept primary at 70* for 3 weeks. Really wanted to get sub 1020 FG. Is now in secondary for 4 weeks. Would like to lose another couple clicks but usually stays steady in secondary. (Posted on 11/10/14)
Wow, what a beer Review by Shawn
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This is it, the best kit from Northern Brewer out of the 6 kits that I have done so far. I love IPA's and I love stouts/porters and this is the perfect blend of both. Did a 10 day primary with two packs of US-05, then a 1 month secondary, dry hopping the last week, then 3 weeks in the bottle before trying one. At first it was very IPA like with lots of hop flavor and bite, and some hop aroma. Now at 9 months old its more like a stout with hop bitterness as most of the hop aroma and some of the hop flavor have faded. It's great either way and I will be ordering again. (Posted on 9/22/14)
Excellent Review by Chip
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This is the first brew that I've done since purchasing the equipment. I followed the directions to the letter. Primary fermentation was so active for the first week that my house a very nice hoppsy smell. Secondary fermentation for 3 weeks and let it condition in bottle for another 3 weeks. The flavor is outstanding but I was a little disappointed at the carbonation. I was hoping for a little more tingle on the tongue. The longer I let it sit the BETTER it got. The only down side is it disappears way too fast. (Posted on 7/15/14)
Great recipe Review by Chuck
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Kegged and then carbonated for 4 days. Excellent tasting beer. (Posted on 5/16/14)
Extremely Hoppy Review by Frostbrewer
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Some of the previous brewers stated that there wasn't that great of a hoppy aroma or taste with this beer. I disagree. Mine has a great hop nose and all the great taste and bitterness IPA's usually provide. In fact, I feel that the beer could use a bit more of the roasty flavors. I would certainly brew this again. Very tasty (Posted on 3/21/14)
Very nice Review by Keith
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Very nice rich flavor with a bit of bite from the hops. This will stay in my rotation along with dead ringer (Posted on 2/5/14)
This is a tasty brew! Lots of character and depth. Review by Tim G.
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This is an awesome brew! I just tasted my first batch - one month and one week after starting. It was worth the wait. It is smooth with a nice finish. Good dark color. I know I will brew this again and again! (Posted on 2/3/14)
Best 5-Gallon Batch Yet Review by captainsly
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Almost at the 4 week bottled mark. Tried a bottle at 2 weeks, then 3 weeks. I think I messed up the quantity of priming sugar for carbonation; carbonation is low (rather have that than over-carbonated). However, taste is excellent and smooth. Best 5-gallon I've ever made. Last one was a "Hop Head" IPA from Midwest. It had an overpowering flavor of hops (which I typically like) but this has a great color (I don't find it to be smokey at all like some reviews state here), but the hop combination is mellow and complex, as there are 5 different types of hops in this beer.

Highly recommended for those hop-seekers out there... (Posted on 1/28/14)
Great Kit Review by Andy
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This kit did not disappoint. It lived up to every expectation put forth by the other reviews. (Posted on 1/25/14)
Tastes Amazing Review by Joshua
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Ive made one batch of this already and it didn't last long! Which is actually unfortunate because it taste better the longer you let it sit! In the middle of my second batch now going to rack to secondary shortly. Trust me you like it! (Posted on 1/21/14)

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