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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (752) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Poured into my Alaskan shaker glass from a 22oz. bottle. Pours really deep brown with a reddish greenish hue. Head is light brown, and thin. Aroma is very complex, starting with earthy hops. I also note dried fruit flavor, like raisins maybe. Flavor comes right out with chocolate and roasted flavors. Also pretty bitter from the hops, and no alcohol flavors come through like other high alcohol beers. Good mouth feel, full bodied with lively carbonation and finishes dry. Overall a delicious combination of chocolate and bitter!! Really enjoy this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (737) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Deep balck with cocoa colored head. Nice aroma but dominated by alcohol. Would like some more hop aroma. Flabor though is great. Hoppy with good body. Nice finish too. Nice balck ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2011
Pilot Series labeled bomber at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Dark brown pour supporting a medium tan head with plenty of retention and very good lacing. Strong aroma of roasted coffee, pine resin and bittersweet chocolate. Starts out like a straightforward IPA with herbal hops, citrus, and bready malt followed strongly and quickly by coffee, caramel and smoke. Smooth texture and medium dry finish that ends as it starts with a brisk hoppy note. Glad I found this brew and extremely glad I found Papago Brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (726) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2011
22 oz. from Chuckís. Beige head and predictably dark. Definitely tastes like the lovechild between an IPA and a robust stout. This is the first "black IPA" Iíve had that actually tastes like this. Is this what the style is supposed to be? If so there are a lot of terribly mislabeled beers out there. An interesting beer and one to be savored.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Pours black into glass with a tan head. Aroma is a bit of roasted barley with a nice citrusy hop profile. Flavor is a bit basic. The bitterness doesnít hit quite like an IPA should and the black backbone of this beer doesnít quite deliver. Good beer, but not ready to be a full time release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (528) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Pours dark and inky, no light makes it through the glass, medium tan head, fine lasting lacing. Aromas of chocolate, grass, coffee, and vanilla. Medium body, dry, smooth and velvety. Some initial sweetness, but also a light coffee dry bitterness, then a bit more sweet midpalate, finishes with a strong bitterness and a woody note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (404) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 14, 2014
It pours a black but not pitch black; holding the glass to the light proves it. Never the less, itís a very appealing beer to look at with itís small but stubborn head of foam and the decent amount of lacing. The smell is a super amount of grapefruit, very bitter as you can imagine but it has a pleasant spicy bitterness to it that smells like a coffee thing going on. What roasted malt brings to the table? The taste confirms my suspicions; this Black Ale is all aboot grapefruit from the hops and coffee from the malt. Medium body and carbonation. Well, my overall thoughts are that this Black Ale is one tasty son of a gun. Worthy of a go if you see it on a shelf near you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkeh (243) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Dark cola pour, tan foam head. It leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is bright citrus notes with undertones of roasted coffee and chocolate. very nice black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 27, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Appearance of root beer but less carbonated. Aromas are pretty light, of rye, floral hops, grains, hints of citrus and definitely some sugary coffee. Flavors are an interesting intersection between a roasted barley and floral hops, slightly sweet at first with a quick descent into thick bitter grapefruit peel and overly roasted but sweetened coffee with a sticky, sappy, long-lasting hop finish. Full-bodied, full-flavored. Add another to the list of exceptional ales coming out of the brewery down the road lately.

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