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RATINGS: 219   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (682) - 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.

3
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2162) - Chesapeake, 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arondee (545) - 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.

3
   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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1089) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3765) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Aroma is pine, light spices and wintergreen/candy. The flavor is light grapefruit, dark malts, mint candy and a mix of acidity and tangy in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Draft on tap at Sugar Maple (Milwaukee, WI). Pours a deep blackish brown pour, darker middle, touches of ruby brown glow on the edges. A frothy light brown head atop dies to a mellow layer, laces ok. Aromas are medium grapefruit, some lemon and florals. Touches of toastiness, black malt, bit of cocoa. Some pretzels, bready malts, and touches of resiny pine. Initial is medium bodied, a decent to medium bitter front end shows good grapefruit rind, some lemon, florals. Some resiny pine, gentle toastiness. Middle keeps that nose but starts to fade a bit. Toasty, bready middle. Some pretzels, still a nice grapefruit note keeps trucking through. A bit of bubblegum, almost Amarillo fruity quality comes on as we move further into the middle. Some melon, citrusy hops, some tangerine. Touches of florals, grass, some toastiness and carmelization as we round that corner cut in. Finish is decent bitterness, some toasty and cocoa elements linger well. Bready, biscuits, a bit more cocoa. The hops have died out a bit, a touch of fuzzy fruity hops, grapefruit. A firmer hop profile or one that sustains throughout is more desired, but it’s well constructed that’s for sure. Solid.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ShawnC (76) - - MAY 14, 2013
The color of dr pepper. No head at all. Espresso and molasses. Mouthfeel has a delicate creaminess. Malts are surprisingly light if it wasn't for the espresso notes and the color I never would have guessed the black part. Finish is clean but a bit short. ---That dog will hunt!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steverus0 (147) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Kinda nailed it. This brew is a great blend between a black ale or lager with sweet roasted caramel malts and barley with a great floral, slightly grassy hop character. Nice and smooth and lingers on the palate just right. This is clearly an IPA made bold and deep enough for those cold Alaskan springs, or as we called the season, breakup - when the snow and ice start to (go figure) break up revealing the burgeoning spring developing below. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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