Black pale ale?

Over the years, I’ve determined that I’m really not a Widmer Brothers fan, except for their amazingly delicious Hefeweizen. It’s not that I don’t like Widmer beers; it’s just that I have a list of three other brands I tend to prefer. However, I was intrigued when I saw their new Brewmasters’ Release – Pitch Black IPA – on the shelf. (The fact that it was on sale may have helped the six-pack find its way to my cart.)
According to the label:

“A pinch of black malt and splash of roasted barley break this IPA apart from tradition. Cascadian Dark: Join the shady revolution.”

I was a bit curious how you could make an IPA (India Pale Ale) into a “pitch black” beer, but I’m a fan of both IPAs and dark beers so, taking into consideration the great sale price, I thought I’d give it a try.

The result? WaHoo! Score! Great brew! Me likey!

I won’t get into tasting notes and crap because, unlike wine and whisk(e)y, I don’t really do that for beer. But I will say it’s good and completely worth it. In fact, I would likely buy a sixer again even if it’s not on sale. You should, too, but hurry – the release is up in April!! Drink fast!

I may have to try a few more Widmer brews now. You never know, I may have found a great new brand!

Must go do a bit of quality control now… Cheers!

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