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2012 Top 10 American Black Ales in the United States

This Top Ten List of American Black Ales is from the results of the 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Cup.

1. Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing, San Diego, CA
2. Back in Black - 21st Amendment, San Francisco, CA
3. Hop in the Dark - Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon
4. Bubhe - Uinta Brewing, Salt Lake City, UT
5. Blacktop IPA - New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, WI
6. Blackened CDA - Carter’s Brewing, Billings, MT
7. Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, CA
8. Tarantulas 2.0 - Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA
9. Raven - Thornbridge, Bakewell, United Kingdom
10. Mountain Standard Double Black IPA - Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, CO

stone sublimely self righteous ale

American–Style Black Ale

American-style Black Ale is perceived to have medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, balanced with a medium body. Fruity, floral and herbal character from hops of all origins may contribute character. The style is further characterized by a moderate degree of caramel malt character and dark roasted malt flavor and aroma. High astringency and high degree of burnt roast malt character should be absent.
Original Gravity : 1.056-1.075
Final Gravity: 1.012-1.018
Alcohol by Volume: 6 -7.5%
Bitterness (IBU): 50-70
Color SRM (EBC): 35+ (70+ EBC)

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