Black IPA | 6.7% ABV | 77% IBU
This beer will be going to GABF under the category of American Black Ale. I would describe it to customers as a Black Rye IPA. Roggen means rye in German. This has a pretty good balance of hops and malt with the hops tipping the scale ever so slightly. Doc Roggen uses 3 different types of rye malt that makes up 21% of the malt bill. It is on the higher end of medium body with notes of caramel, rye, a touch of roast, chocolate, citrus, tropical fruit, and a little bit of floral. We originally called this beer Darth Roggen but changed the name due to the fear of DisneyÃƒÂ¤ÃƒÂ³Ã‚Â»s cold iron fist coming down on us and serving us a cease and desist. Cheers!
When you add rye to any beer it completely changes the beers dynamics. Rye adds a spicy flavor, slight darkening in color, but most notably lasting dryness. This IPA has all the added benefit of rye in the grain bill, but also a little more, dark malts provide the deep almost black color and pleasant roasted notes. Like any IPA the hops are evident, but ideally balances between the rye and roasted malts.
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