Though we are only a little over a month into winter, Bend, OR based 10 Barrel Brewing has just released its new Spring Seasonal, Easy Black IPA. The latest from 10 Barrel is available in 12oz and 22oz bottles and on draft.
Forgoing the other classification of this beer style, Cascadian Dark Ale, 10 Barrel chose the more challenging Black IPA classification. The brewery says that its “A Session Black IPA that’s seriously difficult to brew but refreshingly easy to drink!”
We say its quite easy to drink too. Easy Black IPA pours a deep, rich black color and offers up some solid roasty malt characters that explode with a hop wallop from the 5 hops that were used.
How did this new beer come about? According to the brewery “To change it up for our next seasonal we split our brewers into four teams and laid down the challenge to come up with our Spring Seasonal beer. 3 weeks later we held a blind taste test competition in the brewery to decide the winner. It was close but our Brewmaster, Jimmy Seifrit prevailed with his Session Black IPA.
Why did they call it Easy Black IPA? Jimmy said “Easy Money” when he heard about the competition. Sometimes the Brewmaster needs to step in and show the young guys why he’s the boss…
Easy Black IPA comes in at 5.1% ABV and 65 IBUs using Nugget, Chinook, Zythos, Citra and Galaxy hops. The new seasonal will be available on draft and in package around OR, ID and WA and at the 10 Barrel Bend and Boise pubs.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.