How will I know I'm not conforming? I guess I wanted to see what all the hubbub was about. I had heard of Black IPAs, but, didn't really know what it was. Then I thought I'll just brew my version of a Black Ale with hops and call it a Black IPA. Now I realize some folks were out there debating it and the Brewers Association came up with a guideline. I think my version would probably fit into these guidelines. Hmmm...I thought of it first :-| Well, I guess I didn't. Did you read Jack Curtain's article? Maybe you saw Velky Al's post questioning the style?
Just go brew something already and make it taste the way you want it to taste. Victory's Yakima Twilight is mentioned as something that might fit here. Can't say I remember what it tastes like. I'll have to see if I can get some.
American-Style India Black Ale
American-style India black ale has medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, balanced with a medium body. The style is further characterized by a moderate degree of caramel malt character and medium to strong dark roasted malt flavor and aroma. High astringency and high degree of burnt roast malt character should be absent. Fruity, floral and herbal character from hops of all origins may contribute to aroma and flavor.
Original Gravity (oPlato) 1.056-1.075 (14-18.2 oPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (oPlato) 1.012-1.018 (3-4.5 oPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 5-6% (6 -7.5%)
Bitterness (IBU) 50-70
Color SRM (EBC) 25+ (50+ EBC)