Josh Noel, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, recently penned a short story about what he calls "one of the moment's most beloved and controversial beer styles." He's talking about black India pale ales, called American-style India black ales by the Brewers Association. Now, IPAs usually are amber in appearance. But, just as the name implies, black IPAs are dark black with a real hoppy aroma. It's quite jarring when you first take a sniff of one, especially since you're not expecting such intensive hop aroma from a dark beer. Most avid beer drinkers will scratch their heads at this hot, new style, knowing full well that the black IPA has been around for awhile. But sometimes the mainstream media -- myself included -- catch on to trends a little late. To read the full Chicago Tribune story, including Noel's recommendations to sample, click here.