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

Alaskanís 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 ďAmerican-style India Black AleĒ or ďCascadian Dark Ale,Ē and though we still may not know what to call it, we do know itís dark, hoppy and we canít 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Purchased at Breeze Thru Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed on an unusually warm last night of January. Appearance is black, not too thick, with a rich off white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is unusual, the bottom of the description is íchicken & wafflesí and I kind of get that, itís really faint, more of the yeasty elements come out in the nose. Taste is good, but itís not IPA like at all...not getting any bitterness or citrus notes, more of a chocolate malt with ale yeast quality, which is still good, but itís not a black IPA. Medium carbonation with light to medium body. Itís pretty good, Alaskan does a good job with dark ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
On tap at Humpyís in Anchorage. Black beer with ruby tints when held against the light. Very sticky beige head and a nice citrus hop nose. Malty beer with some toast and roasted grain flavors. Lots of grapefruit rind and citrus hops. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle @ home. I enjoyed the Double Black IPA version that these guys released, so hopefully this is similar. Black appearance with a small, brown head. Very roasty, dark chocolate malty, espresso, cocoa, moderately piney/herbal hoppy aroma. Bitter, roasty chocolate malty, piney, organic hoppy flavor. Pretty good but not excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1671) - 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, donít eat cookie dough and then drink this. The combo tastes fishy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14663) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5732) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Bottle. A nice India Dark Ale. Roasted malts and pine. Mild bitter finish with a coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2026) - 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.

   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 Iím just partial to the style. Could stand to have a little more hop bitterness. Leans more to the stout side of things.

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