India Ink Black Pale Ale

5% alc./vol., 650 ml bottle
Trafalgar Ales and Meads – http://www.alesandmeads.com/
Oakville, Ontario, Canada

DSCF1291Here’s another oxymoron, to be filed in my memory banks next to the dark white.  How can a beer be black and pale at the same time?  I suggest you give it the “Love Potion Number Nine” treatment:  I held my nose, I closed my eyes…I took a drink.  Yes, it has the hop character of a classic pale ale.  Give it another look, and you see one seriously black beer.  Maybe the “India” name makes you think of an IPA.  Actual India ink was a black ink invented in China, basically black soot made from burning something and producing carbon.  Mix this soot with water, and you get a black ink.  Malt is produced from roasted grain, dried in a kiln to produce something pale or something dark.  If you leave the grain in the kiln until carbon is produced, you get a black malt.  There you go:  this beer has more in common with India ink than just the name.

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