India pale ales (IPAs) are the favorite beer style for many craft beer fans. There are many different sub-types within the style including British IPA, American IPA, session IPA , black IPA and others (click here for a quick review of the many IPA choices). This post will review the newest release from the Bank Brewing Company, Into the Black, which is a black IPA. Bank is located in Hendricks, MN in the former creamery building. Their beers are available in Minnesota and South Dakota. A taproom is located in the old bank building just down the street from the brewery. The brewery owner is Jason Markkula and the brewer is Richard Drawdy.
Into the Black (ItB) was released at a special party held at the Brewery January 10. Beer drinkers enjoyed ItB, Hop Bandit, Hop Lab and Walleye Chop during the party. I bought two bombers of ItB to take home, so the beer I review is very fresh. The guys at Bank recommend drinking it fresh so the hop character is at its’ peak.
Into the Black poured out black with a tan head into a goblet. The nose was dank and citrus hops with a slight bit of roasted and chocolate malts. The taste was a complex mixture of hops and the different malts. The hops are a combination of Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo. The malt bill includes two row, Crystal, dehusked Carafa III and pale chocolate. Dark Belgian candi syrup is also added. The beer has a medium mouthfeel.
ABV = 10%
IBUs = 98
This beer is very good and I will enjoy the second bottle soon! If you like other black IPAs like Odell’s Mountain Black Standard, Grand Teton’s Trout Hop & New Glarus’ Black Top you will enjoy this!
Get this beer now! What are you waiting for?
Remember to drink responsibly!