The Black IPA was supposed to be the first in the Heavy Machinery series to be canned, but due to the late arrival of said cans it didn’t quite make it. Austin Beerworks decided to make up for it by releasing it now. I had the Black IPA at a Brewery tour when it was first released and I have been eagerly anticipating its return. This is one of my all time favorite Black IPAs and as the packaging says, this is just an IPA that happens to be black. It poured a deep black with a good tan head which was as expected. The aroma was tropical fruits and citrus hops with a slight hint of pine, and it was all IPA. The taste was as exceptional as I remembered it. This Black IPA was a monstrous mouthful of juicy citrus and tropical fruit hops that belittled its foreboding appearance. The finish held a lingering pine bitterness and a slight roast that was the only hint of it’s ebony appearance. The Black IPA was a fitting bookend to the fantastic Heavy Machinery IPA series and I hope they continue to release and re-brew these incredible IPAs.