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Us Versus Them celebrate a successful 2010 by knocking back of few cold ones of their very own brew produced by Cthulhu Brewing Co. The beer dubbed Black IPA enjoys a full description below, however just as remarkable is the special hand drawn artwork for the bottle label which has come to symbolize many of Us Versus Them’s graphics over the past seasons.
Matt and Ryan have won numerous awards for their complex and unexpected brews, and we wanted to continue with that by doing a twist on the ever popular IPA. They selected premium 2 row barley, coloring and caramel flavor comes from 2 speciality malts with a C-60 coloring rating and the blackness comes from a special de-husked roasted malt called Carafa Special 3 which is the darkest malt out there. Being that the Carafa malt is de-husked, it does not impart that very roasty, astringent or bitter coffee flavor you’d find in a stout, however it does leave a deep, dark tone to the appearance. It was bittered with Chinook and flavored with Amarillo Centenial and Simcoe (Those three hops varieties make up the main flavoring). The Simcoe and Amrarillo varieties were dry hopped. It was fermented with a California Ale Yeast to accentuate the clean bitterness and hop flavors. Has about a 75 IBU rating (how they rate the bitterness).