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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
The Alpine Black IPA made its debut at the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington, Vermont in July 2010. 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: 6.3%
IBU: 60
Malts: 2-Row, Caramel 60L, Carafa III
Hops: Apollo, Centennial, Citra

Description: ďDark 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.Ē

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2011
In short: A floral/minty and light bodied black ipa. Decent
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh one month after purchase
The look: Almost black body topped by a large beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is green and floral hops (borderline minty) over some chocolate fudge. Taste is a bit light. Body is very light with plenty of big soft bubbles that make if feel airy. Some foamy chocolaty cupcake, an old cup of cold black coffee, dried figs, minty floral hops, a bit soapy. Green resinous hops in the after-taste. Bitterness level is relatively low for the style and the beer is far from intense. This is sessionnable although I suspect its floral/minty/perfumy character may be a bit too much in the long run. Iím a bit of a sucker for Black IPAs but even I must admit that this is a slightly below average example of the style. Not very good, but Iím not gonna complain too much about this beer because Iím a gentlemen. I must be, with all the time I spend at the gentlemen clubs.
Earlier Rating: 9/1/2010 Total Score: 3.7
In short: A fruity dark IPA. Very good beer.
How: Tap at Vermont Brewerís Festival 2010
The look: Near black body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is very hoppy (floral/leafy) with roasted malts not too apparent. The aroma is exactly like a regular IPA. In mouth the roasted malts bring very light notes of chocolate, coffee and burnt toasts. What the roasted malts bring is mostly dark fruits. The leafy bitterness is assertive without being aggressive. I loved that beer. This is the best brew Iíve had from Otter Creek. This brewery has beer around for a long time so itís about time they start making good beer. I mean, whatís the point of spending your weeks working in a brewery if you donít at least try to achieve something great? Thatís what I was pondering sitting in my cubicle making unnecessary changes to useless documents.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
Cask at Rattle íNí Hum. Medium mouthfeel. Hoppy dark cascadian hop. Good drinkability. A little chocolate and roast. Dark coloured body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattShizzle (562) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Very dark - opaque. Aroma is both roasty and hoppy. Flavor is very hoppy with some roastiness and slightly smoky. Really good and a great representative for this new style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
thebrood1987 (22) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2011
You can smell the roasted malts reminiscent of a porter or stout but with citrus and some pine undertones from the hops. Taste is even better with that roasted chocolate almost coffee like malt with the leafy earthy hops coming together. It ends with the citrus and slightly piney bittering hops that mixes in so well with the malts. Very well crafted beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (3014) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2011
The aroma is roasty, pine, musty, earthy. The appearance is jet black, tan head. The flavor is roast, earthy, musty, like a dry hopped beer, caramel. The finish is earthy hops. The body id medium. Not bad. Good beer for the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5322) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
This poured a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was very vibrant citrusy hops on top of dark roasted malts. Flavor was much the same, they really found a nice balance between the bitterness of the hops and the roasted malts. Great BIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4752) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Location: Draft at Hop Devil, 2/18/11

Aroma: The nose is has citrus, pine, roast, chocolate, and caramel notes
Appearance: It pours a brown-black color with a light brown head
Flavor: The taste is fairly balanced some sweetness and bitterness
Palate: The body is light-medium with a fairly soft carbonation and a decent mouthfeel
Overall Impression: Overall, I found this one to be a decent Black IPA with a nice balance and a solid mouthfeel. Iíve had both good and bad examples of this style, and this one is very much in the middle. A solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5570) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with a short, fizzy beige head. Aroma is strong pine and grapefruit atop roasted malt and burnt caramel. Taste is big pine, citrus oils, grapefruit, roasted malt, burnt caramel and coffee notes. Body is medium with a strong, dense, fizzy carbonation. Finishes with more big pine and roasted malt, light toffee, burnt caramel, cold instant coffee and citrus.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Greenmountme (11) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 22, 2011
We need to support our local beers. Good idea, but doesnít blend well.Donít know if itís the hops or the yeast, but the combination isnít great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (926) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a thick, creamy, long lasting head and much lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops with some hints of milk chocolate. Medium, tangy body. Citrus fruit and peppery hops dominate the palate with chocolate, roasted malt and hints of vanilla and cocoa provide some balance. Not a bad brew at all.

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