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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The Alpine Black IPA made its debut at the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington, Vermont in July. It was intended to be a one-off pilot batch and quickly evolved into an instant favorite. To appease demand we have decided to release it as our new Otter Creek Winter Seasonal. Those who attended the VBF were lucky to get a sneak tasting of this incredible brew. Since then it has been the buzz around town.

Beer Stats:
Style: Black IPA
ALC/VOL: 6.0%
IBU: 60
Malts: 2-Row, Caramel 60L, Carafa III
Hops: Apollo, Centennial, Citra

Description: “Dark in color and character, this unfiltered Black IPA exudes caramel and roasted notes while highlighting a bold hop bitterness and citrus aroma. Apollo, centennial, and citra hops intermingle with the deep complexities provided by copious amounts of caramel malts and de-husked roasted barley.”


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2794) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle, and draft. Black pour with some light tan head. Light roasted notes accompany a grassy and pine like hop flavor. Nice dark ipa, not so thick that you would think its a hopped up stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear dark black with some crimson highlights under a large tanned beige head. Some nice coffee roast and a bit of pungent earthy hops on the nose. Medium bodied, slightly odd sharp tastes in here, slightly roasty and a bit of hops but really just empty in the middle. Finishes up with some slight roast and a bit of grapefruit bitterness. Not really impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4291) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Pours black into a shaker. Off-white head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Dark caramel and resin aromas. Sweet and sour pumpernickel upfront turning citrusy in the lasting roasty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (499) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2011
On draft at BeerRun. A nice black color with little head. Light aroma of hops and a little malt. Nice smooth with a good balance to it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2011
On tap at the mountain bar at Smuggler’s Notch VT. Deep black color with white head that did not last. Good punch of citrus and slight grass hops. The taste was at first bitter with citrus but that dark musky malt and chocolate just slipped in for a nice finish. Pretty good example of what is becoming an ever more loved style for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5200) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Draft at Rattle n Hum sampled with Andrew. Pours a stouty red body with small head. Aroma is light slightly floral and roasty. Mouthfeel is medium, well balanced - with notes of floral hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
On tap at RnH. My 1500th rating. Dark brown with a tannish head. Spicy florals and choco toasty malts. A step up for otter

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Draft at Commercial Taphouse. Otter Creek is one of those brewers whose standard line up I don’t care for, but every now and then they do a special release that really is quite nice. This is one of those times. Poured a black, brown at edges, slight white head. Aroma is a pleasant mix of roasted malt, slight caramel, and then citrus accented hops, good balance. This was a fairly light to medium bodied beer, the roast notes intermingling perfectly with grapefruit, apricot, and pine accented hops. Really nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sregnar35 (952) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2011
On tap at Mahars. Pours black with no head. Aroma is stinging hops. Flavor is like a homemade beer, oxygenated hops with bit of a stale aftertaste. Not terrible but not great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 21, 2011
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Sinamar/carafa nose, with bunch-pine hops nose. Yawn, this still is getting worn out. There’s no variation on it. German roast malt with C-hops at a just under IPA gravity. Plus, it’s another one of those beers where you can hide lack of finesse. This one is too sweet and there isn’t enough roast nor hops to make up for it. Fine with food, trendy, and somehow already like a vajazzle, uninteresting for most of us that don’t read People magazine.


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