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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TFODRBSG12, Ulfborg.

Clear dark brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grass, light pine. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, chocolate, hoppy, citrus, grass, malt and hop bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120818]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2012
From tap at Seattle Taproom, SeaTac airport. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is crisp hoppy, fruity and toasted malt. Bitter, fruity hoppy and light sweet yet roasted malt flavoured. Smooth bitter and light fruity finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16702) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ Summer Gathering, Ulfborg. Medium head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are rich hops, caramel, notes of roast malt, pine, flowers and notes of nuts. Nice bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13923) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering Ulfborg, 2012. Pours clear brown with a small white head. Ashes, vague roast, coffee and grapefruity hops. Smooth and dry. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13575) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle, 22oz, at TFODRBSG 2012. A dark brown beer topped by a dense, two-finger off-white head. Pleasant piney and resiny nose with lemon and some roasted malts. A touch of coffee too. Quite bitter, full-bodied and semi-dry on the palate, with flavors of roasted malts in the back. Piney and lemon-peelish, and quite bitter towards the end. Although a bit on the roasted side, it’s a pleasant beer indeed. 120818

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Tap. Almost black color, beige head. Aroma of pine, light coffee, cocoa. Taste is similar. Nice mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (11216) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ TFODRBSG, Ulfborg. Hazy dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 180812

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11131) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ FOneFan, Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2012. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and light nutty. Flavour is light roasted malts, medium sweet, hop, little pine, littl egrapefurit and meidum bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11074) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of burnt malt, chocolate and citrus. Med body at least. Flavor is lots of hop with some dark toasted malt. Finishes dry and bitter. Hop probably is mostly citrus, but I think there’s some resin. Note: My bottle had white/gray ice, not that nifty blue stuff in the picture here.


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