Renaissance Brewing Company: Black The RIPA

From New Zealand’s Renaissance Brewing Company comes Black the RIPA, a black rye IPA with an ABV of 6.5%, but if you look at Untappd, it will claim it to be 6.1%, so it may depend on your batch and whether it comes from a bottle or a keg. It is also sometimes known as ‘Enlightenment Black The RIPA’ but either way, you’ll know it when you find it.

Untappd also claims this to be a ‘Cascadian Dark Ale’, but we’ll be dammed if we know what that is.

More alcoholly than you would expect for a 6 per cent … It is what the description of the style would be, it’s just a little bit unadventurous, like in terms of making it’s own unique stand on things.

– Chris

This is quite nice, I quite like this. As far as Black IPAs go, I quite like this one. I think it is above average for its style.

– Jeff

I like it, I would drink it again, but … it’s just the style, there’s nothing wrong with it, but there’s not enough right about it to really make me go ‘yay’.

– Paul

Black The RIPA by Renaissance Brewing Company was featured in Season Two, Episode Five.

Chris is an editor, writer, and occasional novelist who in a former life published online magazines for a living while working out of obscure coffee shops. He has travelled extensively and has eaten and enjoyed exotic delights ranging from instant ‘just add water’ potatoes while on a Russian train to snails and Brie from a tiny Montreal kitchen. Chris is a great lover of the experiences around and associated with food and believes the culture of a venue, as quirky or strange as it might be, is just as important as the food it sells. He is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast dedicated to the lighter side of craft beer.


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