American Amber Ale is darker than a pale ale and lighter than a brown ale or porter. Aim for a nice balance between malt and hops, but don't be afraid to feature a strong hop flavor.
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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.