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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5535) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle: Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. The nose is nicely hopped and.... malted with a crisp floral citrusy hop note and a mellow roasty chocolate/carob nose. The flavor is balanced, chewy body and a creamy mouthfeel amongst a lightly bitter and somewhat astringent flavor. Malty chocolate and roast and grapefruit/pine notes. Great Black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Courtesy of Secret Santa December 2010

Bottle: The aroma has lots of chocolate and caramel along with some very faint pine. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights around the outer edges of the glass and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. The finish has light smoke and pine. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty tasty, but nothing really IIPA-ish about it...more like a hoppy porter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5188) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (5176) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Pours out pitch black with a light chocolate milk-brown head, very thick, much like a stout. And the aroma is super enticing. Deep green grassy hops, with just a hint of cocoa and molasses. Taste is out of the ordinary indeed, as this is my first Black IPA and I didn’t know what to expect. Massively hopped, yet not too bitter. Odd. The molasses from the nose comes back, with a certain nuttiness and smoked toffee. Same bitterness as a harsh porter, but with a greater hop profile. Odd, yet delicious! I can see myself liking this style. Supremely balanced with enough of a malt backbone to combat the hop onslaught, and easily drinkable. Velvety and smooth texture. Just a good beer. The only downside is that the finish has a certain sour quality about it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5117) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bomber shared by Malrubius I think. POurs a deep dark near black- oily, good frothy head- lasting. Aroma is toasty, nutty big chocolate followed by good grassy citrusy hops, orange, grapefruit and slight weedy dank hints. Flavor is chocolate, toast, grass, floral hops, resin and light pine. Solid easy drinking finish- pretty fresh and good overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4918) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2011
22oz bottle shared at DC tasting 5/11. Amber-brown-black. Brown sugar, burnt toffee aroma. Smooth malt tones. Captures the essence of the style quite well, with lots of burnt chocolate bitterness. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Would like to sit down and drink a whole bottle of this.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2011
Tap at Brouwers. Black with very thick lasting brown foam. Dark malt chocolate and hop scent. Chocolate IPA taste. Lots and lots of bitter chocolate and hops. A delicious beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4786) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Draft at PP Carlsbad. Dark brown pour. Mostly roasty dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, sweet malt, and finish with biting bitter piney hops. I liked it but the flavors clash harshly, not the best black IPA out there.


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