Can something be black and pale at the same time? Well, yes. When the style typically results in pale malt (IPA) and it is subsequently switched up with dark malt that’s what you get. It may not be semantically correct, but in stylistic terms Black IPA’s are here to stay. And when you layer a massive amount of one of our favourite hops – Simcoe – on top, maybe the third entrant in the Prototype Challenge will also stay. But time will tell on that front. In the meantime, lose yourself in a balance of resinous pine, mango, apricot and a light roasty espresso bitterness.