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(512) BLACK IPA – nonsensical but delicious by Kevin - Owner/Brewer
March 7, 2011, 10:49 pm
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Our newest beer is something of a paradox. Its very existence is puzzling. The style it falls under, if it falls under one at all, is touted as the first “new” style of beer created in quite some time. This is troubling, as it is well known, especially in the beer world, that there is nothing new under the sun. It’s all been done before.

It’s never been done before by us, at any rate, the sun be damned. We’re calling it (512) Black IPA. In sweeps the paradox. A Black India PALE Ale? Why that’s nothing more than an oxymoron separated by the name of a country! Might as well call it “lager ale” or, seeing as we’re bound to Texas beer laws “beer ale.” Brewers have proposed many names for the infant style including: Cascadian Dark Ale, India Black Ale, and American Black Ale. We’re prepared to face the contradiction headlong, however, and Black IPA just seems to describe it the most accurately. You can call it whatever you want. The beer will guide you.

Rather than simply darken up our current IPA, we decided several months ago to design an entirely new beer from the ground up. The beer features our Organic 2-Row base malt accented by additions of Crystal 60 and Weyermann Carafa III malts. This last grain is a special type of de-husked roasted barley imported from Germany that lends a charred black color and notes of roasted coffee and chicory without any tannic bitterness that would normally be contributed by the husks. The hop additions are many and generous, featuring Apollo, Horizon, and Nugget, clocking the beer in at 70 IBU. Over 22 pounds of Nugget hops were added directly to the fermenter in our first ever batch.

The sum of these parts is a befuddling, beautiful beer with an ABV of 7%. Big juicy hop flavors meld with rich roasted malts to create distinctively delicious ale. Hop bitterness is significantly more aggressive than our normal IPA, providing an interesting departure from the hop “niceness” that is our norm, all in all, something worth savoring, though perhaps not for the faint of heart.

There may be nothing new under the sun, but perhaps the sun has nothing to do with it. This black hole is new to us and new to Texas, and will be appearing in bars across the state beginning next week.  As always, thanks for supporting Texas beer and always drink fresh local draught!


The (512) Team


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Can’t wait to try this! I am assuming it will be wherever your other beers are?

Comment by Chance

I am currently enjoying this Black IPA at Dig Pub in Cedar Park (Northern Austin suburb).

I am pretty serious IPA drinker, and general lover of beer. This is a peasantry beery beer, if you know what I mean – if you don’t, you’re probably not reading this anyway.

The Black has a nice creamy head reminiscent of a Guinness, but that is where the similarity stops. The carbonation is typical for an ale, and the initial taste has bit of coffee and just a wee bit of grapefruit. The finish is decidedly bitter, but not the typical green hoppy bitter usually found in IPAs – it’s a black bitter – taste it and you will know what I mean.

All in all, a very solid brew, and one that I will have again… And again…

Comment by MacSteveT

I had a pint of the 512 Black IPA last night at Black Star Co-op. I was a fan. Not my favorite beer of ya’lls….that would be the Pecan Porter….however, I will definitely grab another pint whenever I see it on tap again.

Comment by Patrick

I am seriously in love with your black IPA.

for real.

Please make lots more.

savoring every drop in Dallas @ the Gingerman

Comment by lisa

Hi 512,

I just tried out the Black IPA today. I’m no fan of IPAs in general, but standing there in the Dog and Duck, I saw this oddly named IPA on tap and had to try it.

Man that’s great! You guys made the first IPA I really fully enjoy. I also wrote up a mini-review on Barley Buddy – http://www.barleybuddy.com/89837_By_Region/89491_American/447033_512_Black_IPA – and will definitely keep an eye out for it when I’m out and about.



Comment by Steve

Love black IPA’s…been brewing a Citra IPA as a keg standard for over a year. My husband and I are gointg to be in Austin next month and will definitely stop in for a pint or two!

Comment by Kathy

Wow – This is an amazing brew. The malts and hop balance really bring this wonderful “new” beer style together. The nice, burnt chicory / chocolate finish is smooth and not overwhelming. Enjoying this now at Flying Saucer – Addison, TX. So, from the 618 to the 512 in the 972 – Salute !

Comment by Stuman the BeerMan !

I only recently discovered this amazing beer. It has quickly became my favorite beer and I was crushed when the Dig Pub ran out. I hope that it becomes a regularly produced item.

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