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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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: “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.”

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
Cask at Rattle ’N’ 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 (548) - 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 (2986) - 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 (4999) - 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 (4383) - 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. I’ve 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 (5441) - 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 doesn’t blend well.Don’t know if it’s the hops or the yeast, but the combination isn’t great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (875) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naka (713) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Very dark brown color with a small fizz that is light beige. Aroma is strong piney resin with a rich roasty notes. Flavor is very burnt and the hop character doesn’t show through untol very late. Even then, mostly roast flavor. Hop is pretty much there in aroma and bitterness only. Coffee and nutty. Nice creamy body.

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