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RATINGS: 152   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 itís dark and itís hoppy and we canít get enough of it.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2640) - 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 itís 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertjm (779) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Pours a tan rocky head which looks like a stout, rather than an IPA. Black body with some carbonation coating the glass. However, thereís no question that this is an IPA once you get a whiff of the aroma. Nice Left Coast hop bouquet on the pine and citrus side. Wouldnít surprise me to find out they did a bit of dry-hopping to achieve this. Flavor is also a jekyl and Hyde experience. At first touch very clearly a strong hop character, but thatís quickly taken over by roasted and burnt malts, leaving little hops on the palate. Bitter malts linger quite long in the aftertaste. Light mouthfeel as would be found in an IPA. As for it being an imperial IPA? Perhaps in alcohol level, but Iíve had some IIPA that will slap you silly with hops. This isnít one of them. Still was a good one to try. Hopefully, they add it to their revolving profiles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (7447) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at TCBF, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and hops. Flavour begins like a porter/stout with a rich roasted malts, and ends with a hop punch like a great IPA. Wonderful one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Alaskan Brewing Company--Alaskan Double Black IPA--Black Imperial India Pale Ale--PILOT SERIES--Limited Edition Specialty Beers--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.50% ABV. 70 IBUís. (3.0 / 5.0) Cascadian Dark Ale--Imperial. Clear pour. Mild lacy thin coffee head. Opaque obsidian black color. Rich smoked hint burnt mild hop chocolate hint front. Tangy rich spicy dry sweet mild textured hoppy dry Porter body. Hot malt hop spice end. Odd mildly hoppy spicy Imperial Porter. Sampled 9/23/2010. Purchased for $9.49 @ The Ballard Market on 9/14/2010.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 The pour is a nearly opaque black with a moderately full, tan, rocky, dense layer of foam which is mostly lasting and does leave lots of thick lace. The nose is nice but plagued by some imperfections; lactic notes and cardboard hide what seems like it could be an interesting beer. Notes of spicy hops, chocolate, and some resins found underneath the imperfections. The flavor is less plagued but still not what it could be; light Colombia roast coffee, spicy resins, some grapefruit notes, dark chocolate, and dark bread crust. The palate is thin, medium, watery, and lively. The finish is drying, bitter, resinous, bread crust, and some bakersí chocolate. This is the second beer I have tried and this one still seems to be oxidized or infected somehow with the cardboard and lactic notes. However, the beer seems to be decent attempt at the style. I usually like this breweries small batch beers but this one missed mostly due to the imperfections.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2010 On draft at OíBriens. Arrived black, opaque and thick, with a small beige head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is resplendant with dark roasty malts, fudge, earth and bold hops. Rich chewy flavors of chocolate, anise and heavy roast, are subdued by prominent resiny, west coast hops. Medium to full body and slightly prickly carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (736) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Its Black. The hops beat the malt out in the nose, piney. Very roasty and hoppy with an burn coffee taste. Finish with a black malt bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10246) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Tap at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids. Pours clear black with a small, fizzy cream colored head, low retention and flat. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), light esters (dried fruit) with notes of plum and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, toasted, nutty), average hops (floral, pine, citrus), light esters (dried fruit) with notes of plum and dates. Medium body, warmth, carbonation, and creaminess, with a dry finish.


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