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We are of two minds regarding the best beers to drink at this time of year. The warm sunny days of Spring are a perfect time to enjoy a refreshingly hoppy beer while lounging by the banks of the Kamo River here in Kyoto; however, as the sun sets and the chilly evening rolls in, we wish we had something with a little more substance and depth of flavour. Yokage no Shinkirou ('Mirage of Darkness'), our first American-style Black IPA, might just be the solution we were looking for. While the tropical hop nose and flavour of the beer are right at home during the peak of the afternoon sunshine, the supporting dark malt character really begins to shine as the temperature begins to drop.
While most Black IPAs focus on a piney, resinous, or citrusy hop character, we decided to go for something a bit more unusual: the tropical aroma of Galaxy and Citra hops. In order to keep the fruity aromas from clashing with the roasty flavors of most dark malts, we used only de-bittered roasted malts and just enough to keep the colour of the beer from winding up a dark brown instead of a true black. The final result is an easy drinking beer that will please hop heads and dark beer lovers alike!
Style: American Black IPA
Yeast: American Ale II
Gas Volumes: 2.4