Disruption Black IPA – Category 12 Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)


Disruption Black IPA – Category 12 Brewing, 6.7% ABV, 650ml, (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

  • 2015 Gold Medal @ Canadian Brewing Awards

this is the 3rd CDA ever that I’m trying, the first being P49-Black Christmas CDA [C], the second Tree Brewing Hop Head Black IPA [B]. It’s a relatively new style with ongoing debate about what to name the style – Black IPA? Cascadian Dark Ale? American-style India Dark Ale? Time will tell. Me, I prefer Black IPA.

on the back label:

Compulsion will drive you to distraction. While most of us are happy languishing in the comfort of predictability, there are a select few who are restless. They spend their days trying desperately to hide an urgent need to disrupt this culture of mindless repetition, but their desire to maintain appearances is ultimately overshadowed by their fascinations.

Get ready to challenge what you think about dark beer. This black IPA is a calculated anomaly. It looks big and scary like a stout, but it drinks like an IPA. Close your eyes, you’ll never guess how far into the dark you’re sinking. With its fresh hop aroma and roasted malt flavour, Disruption is a whole new beast.


  • Style: Black IPA / CDA
  • Taste: Bold resiny-pine dry sweet roast grapefruit peel burnt bitter
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $6.30 CAD (10% off) – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent

Visual: Pours very dark brown (SRM=21.5) with small foamy head, 1mm spotty layer of retention, fast tight streams all around.

Nose: roasted brown sugar barley malt, background citrus hop oils. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: creamy crisp, incoming big hoppiness

Mid-palate: dry big nutty roasty barley malt, bitter dark chocolate, (lvl-4-sweetness), resiny-grassy pine hops

Finish: subtle burnt bitter, sharp lingering grapefruit peel hopped bitter, long finish

Summary: Lots of big hopped flavour with a balanced roasted malt mouthfeel, though somewhat on the drier side. Very good transitions.