Black Brewing Red IPA & Black Smokes

Style
Red Rye IPA & Smoky Black IPA
ABV
5.9% & 6.5%

Red IPAs aren't released too often – even though we know many beer fanciers who'd love to see more of them on the market – but they're a popular choice for brewers looking to bridge the gap between sessionable summer drinks and heavier winter offerings (or vice-versa). It's where Black Brewing have headed for their spring 2021 release, with Red IPA actually a red rye IPA, and one that leans more into its maltier than hoppier side. With plenty of toffee and some spicy rye awaiting you in this rusty-coloured drop, underpinned by a soft, drying, spicy bitterness, it's one for fans of American ambers or hoppy reds.

Leaving the brewery around the same time is Black Smokes, a collaboration with Holy Smokes that's seen them add smoky roasted mesquite malts to a black IPA based around HPA's latest Aussie hop, Eclipse. The latter is known for its vibrant mandarin character but here, in cahoots with such specialty malts, it contributes instead to a bouquet of festive spices. Don't be fooled by the talk of "sweet caramel" on the labels either, as it's somewhat deeper and darker than that, with this ruby-tinged dark brown drop melding dried citrus rind, cocoa and a spicy, tar like perfume on the nose with dark treacle and a drying, roasted bitterness on the palate, all suggesting you'd want to pair it with one of Holy Smokes' heartier dishes.

James Smith

Published October 29, 2021

Name
Black Brewing Co
Address

3517 Caves Road
Wilyabrup
WA 6280

Phone
(08) 9755 6500
Open Hours

Seven days: 11am to 5pm

Tours

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