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Black IPA Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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Our Black IPA beer kit yields an ebony pint with a beige head, 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.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary Cold Ice Packs with all liquid yeasts. However, it is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip, given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Black IPA Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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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 Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Black IPA Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1075
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.8 / 5.0
161 Reviews
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Absolutely love it! Great hoppy flavor with a smooth finish!
December 29, 2015
A great beer!
I'm on my second batch, loved this beer. I had to hide it from my son, he likes to share our home brew, which I'm OK with. But when I come home to my next to last bottle being passed around by a three guys holding PBR's, it's time to go hard. New house rule, anybody drinking lite beer does not get a taste of the good stuff. They need to grow up first.
October 14, 2013
pretty fricken awesome
This was my first batch of beer I've ever made. Brewed: August of 2011. I tend to enjoy much stronger beers, relating to both flavor complexity and alc. content. So this beer seemed like a great starter for me. I also mashed about 2 pounds of Black cherries into the beer upon brewing. This beer started off tasting very young, and the hops were evident but not wicked powerful which I would have preferred. As it aged, trying a few bottles each month.... it's truly opened up to become such an amazing beer.... maybe i'm partial to it because it was my first batch, and I put a lot of love into it, but never the less... this beer seems like it can age for a good year or so... Which I put aside 2 final bottles to age indefinitely. I think anyone fanatic would enjoy this beer. It gets much much better with age. Truly a delicious beverage and well rounded.
January 4, 2012
A solid, boozy beer
I have brewed a ton of different NB extract kits as well as plenty of all grain recipes I made up myself. As far as NB extract kits go, this is easily one of the best I've had from them (and I have had a lot of them-the others that were spot on were caribou slobber, Innkeeper, Chinook IPA, American wheat...) This beer is rich in malty, molasses like flavor with a decent hop profile. It is pretty well balanced, and if I do this one again I am going to add more hops (maybe another charge of summit at 60 min.) Anyways, brew away, it comes out strong and rather delicious. I used American Ale yeast II and a starter.
April 24, 2012
I entered three homebrews in the local competition this year and this one scored the highest of the three. The guys at work said it was the best brew I had made. I am just about out of the finished product and plan on another batch soon. Excellent brew.
May 3, 2011
Big and Roasty!
I have to add my review to this great beer kit. I brewed this back in August right before I made the switch to all grain. I did a full volume boil and boiled down to 5 gallons. I hit it with an extra ounce of Cascade in the dry hop. This beer doesn't exactly have the Hoppy Aroma I was looking for but it is still great! It has a beautiful Roasty flavor and a nice bitterness that doesn't overwhelm. It is a big beer so be careful how many you drink. Try with a nice farmhouse cheese on a cold winter night. You will not be disappointed.
December 16, 2013
Absolutely perfect!
I invited a few friends over to help on brew day. This particular recipe was very fun to make and truly entertaining for the guests. But the entertainment really began a month later when we gathered again to taste it. It was the best I've experienced in my 6 years as a home brewer.
May 7, 2012
Great Beer with plenty of Kick
I knew I would love this beer just from reading the O.G. and that I could drink it in 6 weeks. I have to say, Everyone in my neck of the woods has taken a sip and then a few glasses after that. This Beer has the rich flavors of the black beers mixed with the hop flavor I long for without being too bitter. Good Job Northern Brewer. This will definitley be "ALWAYS ON TAP"
March 31, 2011
Let this one age!
I know the instructions say it's ready in 6 weeks, but you will be happily rewarded if it is given an additional 6-8 weeks in the bottle. Before then, the flavors are introduced to the palate in sequence rather than the fine blend you can count on later. I brewed this one back in July 2011 and I still have six 22oz bombers conditioning. Opened one last night and it still hits the spot. Huge improvement! Brewed with Safale-05 and fermented around 68 degrees.
February 22, 2011
Simply delicious
I love it, people who have tried it love it, and I will continue to make it.
February 20, 2012
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I tried this in a one gallon batch and loved it, however there wasn't any secondary time or dry hopping with the smaller batch. Could I just do 2 or 3 weeks primary and bottle with the 5 gallon recipe, or will there be a drastic difference?
Joshua T on Mar 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 5 gallon batch comes with dry hops. Why would you skip it? I think it would be a mistake. Dry hops are what makes a good IPA. Get the kit, follow the instructions, dry hop it at the appropriate time.
What are people getting for the final gravity on this kit?
W I on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This kit ought to get down around 1.013-1.015, if the US-05 yeast were used. This would give an ABV close to 7.8 % . -Mike W, Northern Brewer
My plan is to brew a black vanilla IPA for my girlfriends birthday . I like this kit...except for the French roast coffee flavors. any thoughts as to what we could alter in this kit... Or another kit... To lessen the coffee notes?
H E on Feb 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Our only other black IPA is roastier. I would try adding some CaCl to the steeping grains to accentuate the malt flavors and smooth out the roast. You could also add like 4 ounces of lactose to increase sweetness which will balance out roast. Extra time in the bottle before enjoying can also mellow it out. I hope this helps!
I dry hopped on Sunday with the intension to bottle Friday afternoon but had to go out of town for work for 1 1/2 weeks at the last minute. It is currently in secondary fermentation. I will be back Thursday and won't be able to bottle until the weekend which would be 2 weeks since I dry hopped. Should I dry hop again when I get back and then bottle after another 5 days? Any recommendations would be helpful. Thanks.
J J on Jan 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I dry hopped this one 7 days before bottling and it turned out perfect. In fact the hop flavors and aromas are the strong side... it was my most "hoppy" IPA I've brewed. However, it still has to be in my top 2 brews - the aroma and taste balance came out perfect. Of course I love strong IPAs, but I would suggest just letting the brew go for the 2 weeks then bottling - it's not that much longer than the recommended 1 week. The effects of the hops would still come through in the final product. You're also more likely to risk contamination and/or off flavors if you dry-hop again (the more you open the carboy and add ingredients, the more likely you are to contaminate it).

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