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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (719) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours very dark, almost black, with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy, with notes of malt and coffee. Taste is largely of an IPA; lots of hops, with the malt and coffee in the background. Not bad, but not my favorite. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
355ml bottle, at tasting on 18 November 2012. Thanks to Theydon_Bois for sharing. Dark reddish copper colour. Good herbal hop character on the nose. A little smoky edge in the flavour. On the sweet side with some caramel. A bit cloying for my palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dr_sarcastor (66) - - JUN 26, 2013
I find it to be the perfect IPA. Not too high in IBUs and not too hoppy. There is the great flavor of Alaskan without it being too bitter. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2873) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Deep black with frothy thin tan head.... Aroma of fresh herbal hops, roasted malts... Flavor is slightly thin, roasted malts, but not much complexity... Citrus hops on the palate... Decent black ipa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (831) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours a very deep brown with a thick, beige, longer lasting head. Lots of citrus in the aroma, that being grapefruit. There is a good amount of pine, light chocolate, and some light fruity apple to go along with some slight tart. The taste is similar to the aroma. Grapefruit and pine. I’m not finding much chocolate, but instead I get some coffee. There is some sourness still as well, especially at the end. Aftertaste is grapefruit and that apple tart. It lasts awhile, and the pine seems to stick on your tongue. The body is medium to full. Texture is what I would call a balanced medium, with some sudsy carbonation. This is a good beer. For me its a somewhat cooler since it isn’t sold in my part of the world. If it was, I’d be a bit happier. This one is good. But in comparison for this style, I would choose others. I hold higher standards for Black IPAs.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle: Color: Poured a brown color with a reddish tint. Aroma: Sour fruit/ Grapefruit. Flavor: Strong flavor, has an almost soy sauce element with a particularly bitter finish. A little too bitter for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
May 2012. Bottle. Poured black with a fizzy tan head. Roasted malt aromas blended with citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Good balance and a slightly bitter finish. Great ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Pours a dark black color with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, chocolate, and hops. The taste is bitter dark chocolate, coffee, some sort of fruit, and hops/burnt malts. It’s a pretty good black IPA but doesn’t really stand out to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Knappster (34) - - MAY 26, 2013
Memorial weekend- 2013, one if the smoothest black IPAs I've had, today anyway! Tender as a baby's bottom the hops are- lets go ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Nice Cascade IPA, bordering on a hoppy porter in style. The malts are what make this one. Sensual and roasty, providing a great solid base and the ultimate mouthfeel. The hops are a bit more subdued -- I'm getting some bitterness, and some citrus, but overall this is the story malts wrote. A nice sweetness comes into play as well, from origins that are above my pay grade to determine. Recommended! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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