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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2827) - the Containment Area, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (702) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours a dark, brownish-black with a good, mid-sized head that is pretty firm. Floral, hoppy aroma. Flavor of roasted malt with strong hop presence in the background. Some coffee and chocolate, as well as some citrus, with a rather bitter finish to the whole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnsonevan11 (2) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2012 does not count
Kind of a bitter chocolate or coffee taste. Not as strong as I would like, but tastes great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle from BevMo: Created a thick fluffy head that looked like beaten egg whites where as the liquid was a dark opaque brown. The aroma was mild and tended to have more roast malts than hops but that’s fine with me so long as it tastes good. However, the drink comes up short with only a subtle touch of roasty malts that don’t suggest much other than a cold decaf coffee flavor. The same results occur with the hops, they come up empty and are no where to be found. Overall this is a tame and boring black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14385) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Tap. Almost black color, beige head. Aroma of pine, light coffee, cocoa. Taste is similar. Nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thetmaxx (764) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Poured from the bottle. Aroma was great, citrus hops, and roasted malt. Flavor also reflects the aroma. Wow, one solid black ipa! good lacing, thin tan head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2012
On tap at Republic bar. Black color. Mild aroma of hops and roasted grain. Flavor is mild hops also, as well as roasted malt with oatmeal. Very smooth palate, but I would like more intense flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3964) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12 oz. Opaque with a small lasting head. Nose is chocolate, caramel and coffee. Taste is the same, with some orange and light resin. Light-medium body has medium carbonation and is well-balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 Bottle... Poured Near black with reddish highlights and a beige head. Nice lacing and retention. Some dense malt flavors. Sweet and fruit esters. Leafy, earthy hop spices. Light body, thin carbonation. Floral, grapefruit hops. Little drying towards the finish. Malty flavors came back in too offering some ask-like roast. Good hoppy flavor with a low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1565) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle from Woodmans. Pours very dark brown with faint reddish tints, and a foamy chocolate milk head leaving great lacing. Aroma has grassy hops and chocolate. Very nice! Taste brings chocolate nibs, pine, some citrusy flavor and a bit of caramel malt back. Finishes sweetly chocolatey with a twist of grapefruit. A bit short. Really nice balance and flavors. Not too thick or strong, or it would be a terrific porter. Impressive.

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