I can't help but be hypercritical of the relatively new "style" called Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale. Answer me this -- How is it much different from existing BJCP style categories, including:
12B Robust Porter -- allowed to be heavily hopped
13E American Stout -- many of them fit here and aren't far from the benchmark, Rogue Shakespeare Stout
13F Russian Imperial Stout -- any of your stronger versions likely fit here
To those who think Black IPA is the next big thing -- Please take a step back and ask yourself, is it not just a big bunch of hype, and in reality just more of the same? If you want to be a trendsetter, more power to you, as there is ground to be broken in many areas, but don't expect educated jerks like me to give you any credit for reinventing the wheel.
Another peeve of mine is that the term Black IPA is inherently illogical, for if it were spelled out, it would be a contradiction in itself. A black pale ale? Really?! Which is it -- black, or pale? Just silly. Call it Cascadian Dark if you must, but don't make yourself look like an idiot by calling it both black and pale.
What are your thoughts? Don't care? No pants? Shut up? Ah, yes... the likely response from your typical Gen X/Y/Z American....