The Midnight IPA takes a traditional India Pale Ale, a hoppy high alcohol beer originally brewed in England in the 19th century, and adds a 21st century twist: it’s jet-black.
Brewed using a new roasted wheat from America (called Midnight wheat, and giving our beer its name), this black IPA achieves its colour without most of the roasted flavours and aromas you would normally expect in such a dark beer.
Our take on this new sub-style of IPA is as hoppy as they come. The aroma offers an explosion of piney resinous hops, achieved through multiple kettle and dry hopping charges of Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe. If you were to close your eyes, you’d be convinced you were holding a highly hopped IPA from the Pacific Northwest.
It’s deceptively smooth and sessionable, so tread carefully.
Lunkie (1174) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour excellent head and lacing. Chocolate malt hop atoma. Smooth fruity spicy chocolate malt flavour. Rich lingering palate.
stoutnick (164) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Smell is hops and roasted character. Taste is more resiny quality in amongst the dark malts. Palate is perhaps too bitter after roast fades; not enough fruity dry hopped character. But it is a beer which grows on you, once you can deal with the bitterness. Ended up liking the intensity and boldness.
fletchfighters (821) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured black with a light brown head.
Tropical fruit notes with a big roast background. Nice.
Heavy roast that turned to nail polish remover. Harsh bitterness. Could not finish as was overwhelming undrinkable. Pitty as nose and first sips were good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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