As shrewd as any British trader, the pirate barons courted silks and spices to trade on the blackmarket. Gold and silver to line their coffers - and one treasure they valued above all else - the legendary ales brewed in Britain to withstand the long voyage to India. Rum was seafarer's swill next to a hogshead of India Ale! Rooted in the rich tradition of India Pale Ales, our recipe is kissed with malt as dark as the sea on a moonless night, for a dark and hoppy marriage made in homebrew heaven. A gentle bitterness sets the initial tone. Next comes opulent notes of rich malt, followed by boastful American hops with resinous tea-leaf undertones. Bergamot, pine, grapefruit, and a hint of chocolate complete the hop-heavy finish, yielding an ale that's definitely worth plundering for.
Beer Kit Yield: 5 Gallons
Beer Style: IPA, Stout/Porter
Regional Style: USA
Original Gravity: 1064
Total Time to Make: 6 weeks
Kit includes: malt extract, Yeast, 5 oz. Priming Sugar, hops, and Specialty Grains with muslin sack.
India Dark Ale
Includes 1 oz. each of Magnum and Cascade, plus 2 oz. Brewer's Gold hops
Opulent notes of rich malt, followed by boastful American hops with resinous tea-leaf undertones
Bergamot, pine, grapefruit, and a hint of chocolate complete the hop-heavy finish