This relatively new style has suffered a tumultuous childhood because of a crisis of identity and contentious origins. Pacific Northwestern zymurgeo-egoists have dubbed the style Cascadian Dark Ale, often arguing that "black pale" ale makes no sense and, besides, this ale is dark and made with Northwest hops. Those outside the Northwest have argued that the style has no exclusive ties to the Northwest and that "Black IPA" tells a potential drinker what to expect: hoppy like an IPA, but dark.
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Whether you call it a Cascadian Dark, a Black IPA, or an American Black Ale, this beer is a new and unique American Ale style with forward hops and some dark malt. The style is not yet recognized by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) but it is a popular entry as a "Specialty Beer" in homebrew competitions.