Black India Pale Ale by Orbit Beers
Black IPA, 6%
The oxymoron that is a black IPA, this is a strong dark number packed with hops. Fruitiness upfront is balanced with a solid malt backbone and silky smooth, nutty finish.
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Born off the back of the adventure of a lifetime, Orbit Beers have been creating unique takes on European beer styles since 2014.
The story began when Orbit’s founder, Robert Middleton, hatched a plan to discover beer in the land of whisky. The mission; to visit every brewery in his native Scotland.
Travelling alone in his trusty VW campervan, affectionately named Brian, Robert travelled from the northernmost island in Shetland to the Outer Hebrides documenting his journey along the way. The result was a book called The Tea Leaf Paradox; a collection of memoirs from the trip… along with a burning desire to start a brewery of his own.
Robbie Sykes, commercial manager at Orbit explains how the idea for Orbit came about.
"Robert's earliest memory is his fascination with vinyl records and in particular the distinctive, varying designs of the spindle adaptors that lived in the centre of his sisters' 7" singles, stacked above the turntable. Around this time his friends knew him as "Orbit", a result of childhood difficulties pronouncing Robert. At the inception of the brewery, it seemed fitting to bring to life that early nickname and his first iconic image to form our logo and our name, Orbit Beers."
The team moved into their double railway arch in Walworth, South London in early 2014, brewing their first batch on July 1st of the same year. Since then all subsequent beers have been brewed and packaged on-site which has now expanded to include the arch next door.
Tonight’s beer, Black IPA, makes up part of Orbit’s white label series. Produced in small amounts, white-label records are distributed by labels to DJs and radio stations to promote new artists and test the listeners’ reaction to their tracks. Orbit’s own white Label Series is an ever-growing collection of one-off releases that explore the experimental side of our brewing. Expect a new limited edition release every month.
Black IPA is a strong dark number packed with hops. Fruitiness upfront is balanced with a solid malt backbone and silky smooth, nutty finish.