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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.

akoeninger's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
akoeninger (518) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Black, hoppy and sweet. Interesting mix of a porter and an ipa. Citrus, crisp and bitter mixed with roasted, malty sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
acheives a nice complexity of chocolate and roasted malts and a healthy dose of citrus in the nose and flavor. light, but more bitter in the aftertaste than expected. a sessionable, but flavorful black ipa...and better IMO than their double black ipa that was more for one bottle than this one was for a six-pack

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2569) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Light black. Smell is hoppy roast cardboard malt. Overly sweet. Taste is a bit better. More balanced. Slightly cardboardy. Good I hate this style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (729) - Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a large off-white head. Nose is chocolate and grassy hops. Also some coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Best by: 13APR12 I was excited to try this as I enjoyed the Black IPA from their Pilot Series last year. The beer is a nice black with red hues and a nice tan foam presence. Smells like a sweet porter mixed with grassy and resiny hops, maybe the slightest hint of peppery notes. The flavor follows through with a nice and complimentary style of east meets west kinda fusion. I dig the flavor profile in that neither the malts nor the hops dominate this one - it’s well balanced in a classy and appropriate fashion. The mouthfeel is relatively full with some fine and soft carbonation. I like the beer, I like many of AK’s beers and I’m happy to have this in the spring lineup. I’d drink this all night - easy and smooth. Serving type: bottle 02-02-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
want1DIPA (227) - - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle pour a few months back. I tasted some hints of chocolate with a tad of spice. Very enjoyable. My first Alaskan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6558) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2013
bottle. darker cola colored pour, medium to lighter body. flavor was light on the palate, mild roast & light bitterness. a beginner BIPA. ok , expected more from this brewery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color with tan head. Pine, floral, dry chocolate aromas. medium body, average carbonation. Dry black malt, dark chocolate flavors with some bitter pine hoppage; dry light ash finish--not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (580) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours very dark, almost black, with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy, with notes of malt and coffee. Taste is largely of an IPA; lots of hops, with the malt and coffee in the background. Not bad, but not my favorite. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
355ml bottle, at tasting on 18 November 2012. Thanks to Theydon_Bois for sharing. Dark reddish copper colour. Good herbal hop character on the nose. A little smoky edge in the flavour. On the sweet side with some caramel. A bit cloying for my palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dr_sarcastor (66) - - JUN 26, 2013
I find it to be the perfect IPA. Not too high in IBUs and not too hoppy. There is the great flavor of Alaskan without it being too bitter. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

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