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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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: “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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5072) - 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 (5685) - 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 (976) - , 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 (717) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. Taste is mostly the roasted malts with a tinge of bitterness at the end. Goes down very easily and a bit thinner than you might expect. All in all, it’s a solid beer, but not very hoppy considering the IPA label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhatB420 (759) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2011
A black IPA hey? i just cant come to fully enjoy this beer. A beer, yes, but anything close to an IPA, no. Just cant feel it. A decent black lager yes, very similar to the saranac black forest with maybe a bit more hops. Definately can taste the roastyness of the malt, which runs through this brew with a dictative force. And that is the strong hold of this brew. Its dark, rich, roasty, and full of menacing flavour typically left for black lagers and weak stouts. Solid, but not an IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle: Pours a clear ruby with a thin tan head, huge citrus aroma, starts and ends bitter with a roasted aftertaste, slick mouthfeel, and medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Draft at Porter’s. Nice body and low head. aroma is grassy and malty. Flavor is smooth, nice hoppiness to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KixRules (10) - USA - FEB 18, 2011
Pours black/dark brown with creamy head, off-tan. I smelled a lot of pine and not a lot of citrus...more earthy. I really liked the taste of dark chocolate in the finish with roasted malts. Very enjoyable beer.

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