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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2012
First of all, what an annoyingly long description for a beer. Shut up and drink it. Especially, because this is pretty good. A little thin feeling but the flavors are all there. Hoppy, pine and roasted chocolate malt. Tip, don’t eat cookie dough and then drink this. The combo tastes fishy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6017) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
12 oz. bottle, pours a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, licorice and some sweetness. Flavour of roasted malts upfront, with very bitter hops to finish. Not so well balanced, with a high astringency on the second half of the palate. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pours deep brown with off white head. Nose is pleasant with oaky malt and grassy hop notes. On the tongue mostly sour with toast, almond, and salted peanut finishing with a tangy, almost biting resinous hop. A decent IPA but expected more from Alaskan.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pour is very dark ruby, nearly black - moderate tan lace - smell is more like a hoppy stout - quite a bit of dark malt, chocolate, anise, char - there is some fairly strong, woody hop character as well, which well with the more roasty notes, so overall the aroma is very pleasant, if not completely to style - flavor is drier than the aroma suggests - quite roasty and bitter - first, the bitterness of dark malt, followed by some char, then some fairly strong, woody hops - pretty acidic on the tail end - a little bit of licorice - decent flavors happening, but unlike better examples, where the hops and darker malts play off of each other, their character here never seems to completely come together - a decent beer, but it could be a lot better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BK7 (722) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Bottle. A nice India Dark Ale. Roasted malts and pine. Mild bitter finish with a coffee aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1965) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle. Dark black pour, lasting 1/4 inch head and a nice hoppy and slightly chocolatey aroma. Flavor is nice roasty malt, light peppery hops and a little more chocolate on the aftertaste. Nice representation of the style and very well priced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2012
bottle. hey alaskan made a decent beer! Not usually a fan of their beer but this is above average for a change. Maybe I’m just partial to the style. Could stand to have a little more hop bitterness. Leans more to the stout side of things.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Being walking distance from the source, I’ve had a chance to try this several times already, and have noticed some variability. Maybe it was my palate. In general, appears stout-like and aromas are fairly true to the IPA style. Would not guess the color if it was a blind smell test. Few roasted barley aromas, if any. Flavor profile is pretty well balanced with a good dose of northwest hop varietals and some roastiness to go along. Not the most memorable but a solid compromise beer for someone who enjoys both stouts and IPAs.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Livid (49) - - JAN 22, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours black, faint ruby light peeks through my pint glass. One finger of tan head, slight lacing. Resinous, hoppy aroma - pine and citrus, with maybe a faint hint of roasted malt, but that may just be in my head. Thin mouthfeel, strong citrusy hop flavor. Faint roasted malty notes, but the hops really overpower. This tastes like a plain IPA that happens to be black - I’d really like to taste a little more of the "black" flavors to balance the bitterness and really represent the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2613) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pint at Humpy’s Alaskan ale house. Ok aroma, sweet roasty. Dark.malt, sweet citrusy mix. Blackish brown color. Ok head, better lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Little sweet. Ok, weak in it style.


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