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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alaskan Double Black IPA is a combination of beer styles, with a flavor profile most similar to an Imperial IPA and the dark black color and rich flavors usually found in heartier stouts and porters.
The Black IPA, also called "Cascadian Dark Ale" or "American-style India Black Ale," is a relative newcomer to the craft beer world. We may not know what to call it yet, but we do know it’s dark and it’s hoppy and we can’t get enough of it.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9252) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Tasted from a 18 oz. bottle purchased in Denver, Colorado. Pours a very dark black body and very thick brown-blackish head. Roasted hoppy aroma with an alcoholic, hoppy, dark, creamy flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5863) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Clear ruby black color/ viscous tan head. Nice dusty black malt, caramel, chocolate, pine sap aromas. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Very good mesh of dry black malts, sweet caramel, pine sap, tropical fruit flavors. Enjoyed the draft version a little more than the bottled.
Earlier Rating: 1/29/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Draft@ The 2009 Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine fest. Dark brown with a tan head. Nice piney and floral hop aroma with roasty malts. Smooth medium body. Strong floral and pine hop flavors riding a caramel sweet and roasty malt base brew. Great mix of caramel, roast and hop flavors here. Alaskan needs to bottle this !

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11252) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Bomber from Nugget Market in West Sacramento, CA. Pours really dark brown with a foamy 2 finger tan head. Dark malt aroma with some floral hop. Full bodied with creamy/foamy carbonation. Flavor is very dark malt, there’s a moderate heat burn, and there is chocolate and a mix of hops. Pretty busy ale. Finishes like a hopped stout, sort of. GFB!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4143) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle... Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Floral, citrus, piney, resinous hops on the nose. Tasted much like the hop aroma, with a huge malt, roast, and stout-like depth. This seemed to have a lot more roast than other CDAs/BIPAs/TBAs/IBAs i’ve had and also imparted some coffee tones. The hops floored a mild alcohol bitterness which was all balanced by a citrus tanginess and sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2010
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma – Nice hops aroma. Dark roasty malt.
Appearance – Dark brown in color, Clear, with a thin head.
Flavor – Roasty dark malt flavor and great hops. Great earth like flavor and smokey.
Palate – Dry finish with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall – Very tasty Dark IPA. Loved this beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6260) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, dark chocolate), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Unpleasantly sour in the mouth, and pretty one-dimensional aromatically. Bucket loads of raw/green hops and some charred grains is about it. Nice appearance and good mouthfeel are its strongest points. A clumsy rendition, but ok.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
On tap at stone. Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, raisins and citrus. Flavors of chocolate, roast, clean and dry. Floral hop notes. Lively bubbles. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2518) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2010
On tap at The Front Door in Boise ID. Black, duh. with a thin dense an head. Subdued hop aroma for an IPA. Rich sweet and it’s of candy licorice and spices. Modest hop flavors would be a generous appraisal. Soft smooth feel and soft carbonation A strange but pleasent black beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours black with dark brown edges and a big creamy light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, citrus, floral and piney hops. taste has good balance of sweet malt and hop and burnt malt bitterness. Creamy texture, soft carbonation, some dark fruit sweetness on the finish followed by a longer coffee/pine bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HarvestrOfBeer (22) - , Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Really nice dark IPA (Cascade Dark Ale or whatever). Looks like a stout, and has a fair amount of the roasted malt character you expect in a stout or porter. Definite hop aroma and initial bite that fades quickly. Quite drinkable, although it is a bit heavy for a true session beer.


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