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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 itís dark and itís hoppy and we canít get enough of it.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Big chocolate and citrus hops aroma and taste with a watery palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1670) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Bomber poured into tumbler. The Black IPA style is relatively new, yet here we have a brewery making a double already. Fine by me! Pours almost opaque black with a litte bit of dark reddish-brown tints at the edges of the tumbler and a medium-sized beige head that leaves some creamy spotty lace. Aroma is cat-box, citrusy and floral hops, and sweet chocolate malt. It has the essence of cat-box, but itís not making me gag like real cat-boxes do. It smells good in fact. I wonder why that is. Taste is sweet and then bitter. Finishes bitter with a touch of sour. Nice roasted malt presence juxtoposes with Pac-NW hops to create a nice beer. Carbonation is medium-high, body is full; creamy mouthfeel. I like it but I donít love it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guyute_Pig (100) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Bottle. Dark reddish brown to black with a nice tan head. Lot of pine on the nose with citrus hops, caramel, and a hint of coffee. Taste of coffee, chocolate malt and some hop bitterness in the end. Would have liked a little more hops, but felt this was a very good beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(22oz. bottle). Pours almost black with tan head. Aroma of ash, hop funk, and leather. Taste is neither sour nor sweet and the bitterness is fairly mild, but pleasant. Just seems ashy with a bright hoppiness coming out at the end. Medium body with oily texture. Finish is bitter and like licking an ash tray. I love IPA/DIPAs, but I guess I just donít get this Black IPA thing. I like the lable....

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Pours a deep brown that settles black in the glass with a large brown head. Aroma is roast, dark malts, hops, chocolate, soy, spices. Flavor is bitter hops, lots of roast, chocolate, cacao nibs, a good touch of alcohol burn. Nice big hoppy mean Double Black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Dark reddish black. Nice hoppy nose, peppery with plenty of grapefruit. Similar flavor hop profile with a solid bitter finish rounded out with hints of chocolate and roast. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2010
On tap at Oskar Blues. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of grainy malt, roast and earthy hop. Bread flavor with roast, some earthy and grassy hops and a coffee finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Good roast malt aroma with some caramel and a bit of cocoa and hints of resin and botanicals from hops. Dark brown with the slightest ruby fringe, thick persistent tan head, fairly clear. Mostly medium malt sweetness on attack with a subtle hop bitterness that builds to a nice crescendo and gently wanes back into a nice long and lingering balanced finish. Medium body with a creamy texture, lively carbonation. A really nice hop delight that I would seek out again. Good thing thereís a back up in my fridge! Might need to expand style category to include Black Imperial IPA!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010
On tap at Brouwerís Hopfest 2010. Hops, dark roasted malts, and... fuirt? Yep. Tropical, almost artificial fruit - like someone squeezed a gusher into a perfect black IPA. Or some barleywine. It overpowers the hops - I was expecting more from this. Pretty pour, though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is a combination of sweet caramel, bitter chocolate, and an overall presence of some earthy, slightly herbal hops and light pine. Flavor shows the same with a well structure malt backbone being soaked in chewy, sticky hops. Overall body is moderate, and finishes with moderate to heavy bitterness.


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