Black Ale - officially known as Cascadian Dark Ale or Black IPA - is the darker, more misterious sibling of the more traditional India Pale Ale.
The term “Cascadia” is derived from the Cascade Mountain Range. The name is used to describe the region encompassing British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, western Idaho and northern California.
This dark ale with proportions similar to India Pale Ale. Some may think the beer leans toward a hoppy stout or porter. In reality there are three main differences:
Firstly, the hop profile is similar to an IPA with citrus, spice and floral characteristics
Secondly, the roasted malt flavour is vastly reduced in comparison to stout & porter; and
Thirdly, a much drier finish.
Gallows Hill Black Ale is brewed using South African 2-row and imported speciality malts. The hoppy character is created using ample amounts of Galena, Northern Brewer, Wilamette & Cascade hops.
This deep brown beer has a rich character with caramel & mild coffee notes. The aroma is a distinct combination of citrus & resinous pine thanks to the Cascadian hop varieties.
One of the test batches of Gallows Hill Black Ale was the Overall Winner of the 2011 South African National Homebrew Competition (Judged according to BJCP Category #23)