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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4396) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2012
12oz bottle. Brown-black amber. Thin beige head. Quite reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Stout in some respects, this is a really solid, well executed beer. Its more on the roasty chocolate side of the spectrum, lots of hop character still, but doesn’t really have that minty bitterness or syrupy that screams Black IPA...which makes it a little more sessionable. Still a really good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1310) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2012
12 oz. bottle from the store. Big frothy head sitting on top of a nearly black body. Looks pretty good to me. Pine and citrus hops dominate. Subtle chocolate in there, but it’s VERY subtle. Lots of chocolate out first, but the chocolate flavor is nearly drowned out by the sharp citrus hop flavor, that leaves a caustic bitterness on the taste buds. Long, drawn out subtle ashy taste isn’t that bad. The texture is crap, and this beer is way to slick, and watery for my liking. Chocolate notes are interesting, but not enough to save ’er.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemooner (608) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a dark bwoen with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and hints of earthy hops. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, and earhty hops with hints of coffee and citrus. Medium body with medium carbonation. Decent though not terribly impressive.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
natejgood (391) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Pours a clear dark brown with a relatively small head. Aroma of piny hops and citrus. Dark malts with hints of sweetness and just a bit of a hoppy kick. A little thin for this style of beer, in my opinion.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Tap. Pours to a deep ruby brown body with a nice super creamy tan head. Aroma is super sprucy with some noticeable chocolate malt and brownies. Flavor is chocolate malt and crisp clean spruce hops. Pretty balanced. Or, it’s possible that the hops are citrusy, but when mixed with the malt, it comes off differently. Palate is hoppy but balanced with light bitter malt and a creamy texture. This was great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Pours dark brown with a nice foamy soapy khaki head that slowly fades to a foamy film and sticky lacing. Aroma citrus grapefruit hops and malted chocolate. Taste is bitter hops that show some citrus and grapefruit with a roasted chocolate malt. Palate is medium and chalky dry. Very easy drinking black IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle to glass. Aroma has some nice citrus to it as well as a lot of dark malts. I’m getting over a cold, so I may be crazy, but I was picking up a bit more malt flavor then some other black IPAs. Mostly chocolate malts, but some caramel as well. A medium bitterness on the end. Pretty solid though. Wouldn’t expect any less from Alaskan though. Pretty drinkable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a dark copper brown colored brew with a decent sized light beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of Cascade/citrus zest, a hint of toasted chocolate malt and some light caramel. Taste is medium bodied, more toasted dark malt and Bakers chocolate flavors with a heavy citrus flavor. Finish is semi-dry, dry weedy hop bitterness with some toasted chocolate malt aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
12oz bottle to pint glass. deep brown pour with a thick tan head, nice lacing throughout the glass. aroma is pretty complex; caramel, roasted malts, coffee, a hint of chocolate and citrus hops. pretty thin liquid. roast flavor up front with a touch of hops shining through, a very small touch. lingering coffee/chocolate/roasted aftertaste. would’ve liked to see some more hops out of this one, reminiscent of a hoppy brown.


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