So itâ€™s a contradiction in terms. A Black India Pale Ale?! The concept Beavertown came up with revolved around the old chewy sweets â€˜Black Jacks & Fruit Saladsâ€™. They wanted to take a big, fat IPA and lace it with under- tones of slight roast and aniseed and blend with the huge tropical aromas of Pacific West coast hops. They gained the hint of roast by using Carafa malts from Germany. These gave the dark colour and a touch of roast but minimal bitterness, thus letting the hops fly and fly!