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The black IPA is still a relatively new style in the world of beer, so it’s difficult to say that a brewer got it “right” when we’re still trying to hash out exactly what a black IPA should be, but let’s just put this out there: Sierra Nevada got it right. This terrific hoppy black ale has the kind of light, drinkable body you’d find in a pale ale—many other black IPAs are fuller bodied, like a hoppy porter—while still retaining the sharp roast you want in the style. The bright, pine-scented hops are invigorating, and the touches of coffee are nicely offset by hints of charred caramel and toast. Best of all, it drinks easy. This brew by the legendary Sierra Nevada may not be around forever, so grab some at London Grill.
Beer on tap: Westmalle Tripel