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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottled, dark brown with tan foam, aroma is roast and pine, flavor of chocolate, roasted nuts, just right bitterness, good beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3508) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Black, medium bodied with a real foamy, dense tan head. Bitter.hoppy aroma with a faint roasty malt background and a hint of cocoa. It smells good. The flavor is really well balanced and had a faint roasty chocolate malt flavor with a strong bitter bite. Its really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Pours black with a medium size foamy tan head, and very good lacing. Smells of hops, black roasty malt, and a little pine. Taste is bitter, malt, nice hoppy taste, pine, and a tad bit of citrus. Ends bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (609) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Dark brown/amber pour, off white head. Nose is fresh pine cones. Bitter. medium to full body. Chocolate malt with grapefruits and pine through the middle. Steady, bitter finish. Keeper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle pours a dark red/brown with a tan top. Scent is pine and citrus. Roasted malt taste with pine and coffee.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1178) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Poured almost a finger of tan head on a black body. The aroma is citrus with a note of roasted malt. It has a solid flavor profile: lemon, grapefruit and slight roasted malt. It has a crisp texture, a bit high on the carbonation. A worthy and flavorful BIPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16254) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle @ Chriso. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a fruity malty roasted piney hoppy aroma. Fruity roasted malty hoppy piney flavor. Has a roasted malty piney hoppy licorice finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7924) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle at Chriso tasting (thanks initially to Benjamin) 18/11/12. Mahogony brown with a thin light tan head that soon waves goodbye. Nose is light roast malts, hops and pine. Taste follows nose with a touch of chocolate and a dose more pine. Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10466) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle at Chriso tasting, London. Pours clear, red-brown with a frothy, tan foam head. Moderate roast in the nose, some burnt pine. Medium sweet flavor with dark bread, toasty sugars and earth. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light dryness to finish, light earthy bitterness, rich toast, light pine and faint chocolate. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
I picked up a twelve pack of this beer for $12.49, very decent price. Dark black color, good tan head with a lot of lace on the glass. Smells a little grassy and a lot like a porter. The taste is cool, grassy hops and then a porter-like backbone. I find a lot of beers in this style have a huge clash between the hops and the malts, not the case here. This is very easy to drink and a nice beer. I would say it seems more like a hoppy porter but I will buy this again especially if I can get a good deal on a twelve pack again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-30-2012 03:10:24


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