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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Alaskan’s spring seasonal release is a new beer experience created from a combination of traditional beer styles. Alaskan Black IPA has the appearance of a porter or stout but combines the roasted malty characters with the refreshing flavor and bright aroma of an American IPA.

Alaskan’s spring seasonal features the hop-forward profile of an IPA with the dark black color and flavors of a fuller-bodied porter. A burst of fresh, citrus notes from Cascade and Centennial hops balance the hints of coffee and bitter chocolate with a subtle toasted sweetness and dark fruit highlights leading to a pleasantly dry finish.

The Black IPA style is also known as “American-style India Black Ale” or “Cascadian Dark Ale,” and though we still may not know what to call it, we do know it’s dark, hoppy and we can’t get enough of it. Alaskan first shared their take on this new style with the limited Pilot Series release of Alaskan Double Black IPA. This spring release is a more sessionable version with the same surprising balance between hops and roasted malts.

Alaskan Black IPA is made from glacier-fed water, generous additions of Cascade, Centennial and other Pacific Northwest hops, and an array of eight different pale, caramel and chocolate malts.

The combination of big citrus and dark malt flavors make Alaskan Black IPA an outstanding pairing beer for dishes that combine sweet and savory. This includes everything from chocolate & ancho-chipotle rubbed pork, fried chicken and waffles or curried chocolate.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RSRIZZO (1868) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2012
22oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 42°. Color is black with good carbonation and a tight light brown head. Aroma is soapy with spice hops. Flavor of hop spice, white pepper, lightly roasted malt and just a hint of citrus. After taste has a mild bitterness and more spice. Overall its not one of the better Black IPA’s I’ve tried but its still ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (1997) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2012
Pours espresso brown with a 2 finger, chunky mocha head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is roast, citrus, tree fruit, caramel, perfumy floral hops, artificial strawberry flavor and a light nuttiness. Flavor is nutty, light roast, toast, a hint of smoke, earthy malt, burnt sugar light fruity citrus and resinous hops. Finishes slightly bitter, chocolatey and piney. Palate is medium bodied, dry and slightly slick throughout and has a moderate strength, sharp carbonation. Good, not great. Definitely a good beer with a fairly wide variety of food, but not necessarily that good on it’s own.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syzzer (592) - Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2012
I had this Cascadian Dark Ale at Venti’s in Salem, OR. It is a decent CDA, black in color with faint head. Smooth with moderate mouthfeel. Good balance with possibly this CDA tipping toward malts than hops. Not the best CDA I have had (Deschutes, Full Sail) but still good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humann_brewing (22) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
I thought this was a well done dark bitter beer, lots of dark malt flavor (carafa) and a great mouth feel with pleasing bitterness

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
On tap somewhere. Pours black with little head. Smell is mild hoppiness. Taste is slightly bitter, bit roasty, bit hoppy, floral. Drinkable. Nothing great.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (1720) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Wow, this is a tasty, obvious hybrid beer that combines the malt of a Porter with the hops of an IPA. This beer is amazing. Alaskan Brew Co. gets "mad props". Yo.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ekinskofer (14) - - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour, not too thick. Head is one finger. Aroma is mild, grass hoppy. Medium mouth feel. Decent but not overpowering hops. More of a stout than ipa i think. Pretty decent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle. Poured jet black with a tan head. Head did last throughout. Lacing left as beer went. Aroma was more of a stout then ipa. There was roasted malts galore with wood, milk chocolate and some hops. Flavor was rich and creamy. Milk chocolate and caramel. Finish had some hop bite to it not a lot. Still I did like this beer a lot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6826) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle. Very dark pour - nearly pitch black - with a smaller frothy off-white head. Nose is roasted malts with a bit of grassy hops. Medium palate. Taste is a really nice balance of the roasted malts and earthy hops - easy drinker, interesting, and enjoyable. Very nice representation of the style.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4808) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Deep dark brown body with a cola coloured bottom when held up to the light and a thinnish, one centimetre tall deep tan or light brown head. Aroma of burnt nuts, toffee, raisins and a faint amount of light hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive toffee and roasted malt flavour at first with a lot of different nut flavours soon behind. Aftertaste shows some grassy and herbal notes, a ton of nuts and some lighter hop flavours, but not too strong. Overall, More of an overhopped porter, but even that might be a tough sell. Deeper than an amber or brown ale with a tad more hops, but truly in the middle between either of these and a ’true’ black ipa, which is too bad - I was frankly expecting more. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Tustin, Calfornia on 03-February-2012 for US$1.49 sampled at home in Washington on 16-March-2012.


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