Type: Black IPA
Been trying quite a few black IPAs lately. It is a style I really want to love, but I have just not found that single beer that really gets it right in my book. I am sure it is out there, I just don't have access to a lot of candidates at this time. So when I saw a Mikkeller Black IPA on the shelf I had to grab it immediately. Maybe I finally found the one! Oh and in case you want to know, the name sort gul means "black yellow" in Danish. A reference to the fact this is a yellow pale ale beer trapped in a dark stout body.
Pours out a very very dark brown. Not gonna call it black, can still see the light through it. There was an insanely huge tan head on this beer, it dissipated slowly and left behind a ton of beautiful lacing. Nice hop nose on this beer, one thing that is usually missing from a black IPA. Fresh citrus hops blend with a nice roasted malt background aroma. Pretty awesome smell on this one. The taste is surprisingly toward the dark beer side. From the smell I expected this to be over more towards the hoppy bitter side. Tastes very roasty and dry with nice chocolate and a bit of coffee. The hops are there mostly in a very sharp bitter finish and a distinct hop aftertaste mixed in with the darker side of this beer. Medium body and like I said very dry. Drinks like a nice dry stout with very present hop punch. This Black IPA checks the right boxes for me. Dark maltiness of a stout, nice hops in the nose and a bitter finish. This is probably the best IPA I have tried to date.