Dark Sanity Black IPA

September 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Black IPAs are all the rage in my corner of the beer world. Sometimes they are called “Cascadian Dark Ales”. They feature a roasted malt flavor similar to a porter but are hopped with American varieties, making an interesting flavor combination.

My brother came up to the house and spent the day with me, helping with various home projects. He is a big fan of black IPAs so we decided upon a recipe and put the kettle on for an evening of brotherly brewing.

We came up with the name for this beer after recalling all of the things we talked about while while the wort boiled. It was a night of heavy conversation, sometimes covering difficult topics. We both needed the talk and are even closer as a result. The name just seems right.

The Recipe

This recipe is a slightly modified version of Widmer Brewing’s W-10 Pitch Black IPA Clone published in Brew Your Own magazine. It is modified because some of the grains listed in the original recipe were not available at my local home brew store.

5 gallons

Steeping Grains
1 lb 8 oz Crystal 10L
12 oz German Carafa
8 oz British Brown

7 lbs dry light malt

1 oz Warrior 18.2% AA @ 75 minutes
.75 oz Warrior 18.2% AA @ 2 minutes
.25 oz Cascade 8.9% AA @ 2 minutes
.25 oz. Warrior 18.2% AA (dry hop)
.50 oz. Cascade 8.9% AA (dry hop)

1 tsp. Irish moss @ 30 minutes

Wyeast 1056 American Ale
½ tsp. yeast nutrient @ 15 mins

The Numbers
OG: 1.063
FG: 1.014
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 38

Beers While Brewing (BWB)
Pin-Up Porter – Southern Oregon Brewing Company
Ace of Spades – Hopworks Urban Brewery


My only warning I have for you about this beer is that Wyeast 1056 American Ale is a beast of a yeast and may likely blow the airlock within 24 hours after pitching. I highly recommend using a blow-off tube.

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