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American Black Ale


American Black Ale, said to have gotten its start in the Pacific Northwest, can also be found under the names Cascadian Dark Ale, Black IPA, or India Black Ale (IBA). As the name suggests, the color of the brew is very dark or often black, with aromas of chocolate and caramel. The chocolate and caramel aromas and flavors come with the addition of dark malt. Meanwhile, the hops and yeast add fruity and herbal characteristics of berry, citrus, and pine, as well as tropical and floral notes.

American Black Ale guidelines advocate the hop characteristics are medium-high, and the ABV tends to fall in the 6-9% range. The American Black Ale glass is a tulip shaped glass, but the brew can also sometimes be served in an IPA glass. The brew is best stored, served, and consumed at a temperature between 46 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

The craft beer can cut through rich flavors making it a great pair with spicy barbecue short ribs, grilled or stir fried shrimp, fried chicken, buttery steak, or a classic burger. The best cheeses to top burgers with or consume on their own with the brew are blue cheese, cheddar, and Gouda. For dessert, the beer goes best with chocolate anything!

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