As for the name . . . I refuse to call it a Black IPA. Don't like the name CDA? Come up with something else, I don't care as long as it makes some sense.Why doesn't it make sense? Because they aren't pale? We live with Imperial IPA which is not got anything to do with imperialism and Double IPA which are not double of a normal IPA and barleywine which are not wine as wine is made from must and I could go on and on. Why is this one misnomer the one everyone is hung up on?
All of the ones you mention are references to strength and make sense in that context. Something can't be black and pale, no more than it can be invisible and pink.
Back in the 90s when Greg Noonan and John Maier were making these and most of the people advocating the CDA name (or the idea that these were recently invented) were in diapers, nobody seemed to mind having them described as black IPA. I think normal rational people that are trying to communicate and not be pedantic understand what that means.
I understand what is meant (not saying I'm normal or rational), I said it doesn't make sense. I didn't invent the name CDA and don't care one way or the other if that is what people call it, and I never said a brewer can't call their beer whatever they like or that they have to consult me when they name them. The day brewers start doing things based on what I
like they will all open up within walking distance of my house, give me free beer, not make any American hefes, and have a smoke beer in the rotation.