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The Black India Pale Ale (IPA), also known as Cascadian Dark Ale, is a dark brown to black colored beer with the dryness, hop-forward balance, and flavor characteristics of an American IPA, only darker in colour but without strongly roasted or burnt flavors. The flavor of darker malts is gentle and supportive, not a major flavor component. Balance and overall impression of an American or Double IPA with restrained roast similar to the type found in Schwarzbiers. Not as roasty-burnt as American stouts and porters, and with less body and increased smoothness and drinkability. Similarly, the Brown IPA, also known as India Brown Ale, is hoppy, bitter, and moderately strong like an American IPA, but with some caramel, chocolate, toffee, and/or dark fruit malt character as in an American Brown Ale. Retaining the dryish finish and lean body of IPAs, a Brown IPA is a little more flavorful and malty than an American IPA without being sweet or heavy. "Imperial" and "Session" variants are generally closer-related to the base substyle and should be listed with them.