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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naka (714) - 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 (718) - 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 (1713) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours a three finger khaki head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Light medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is resin/pine hops that the malts almost balance, ends with a slight bitter aftertaste. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours brown with a white head. Smells of some resiny hops, metallic. Tastes resiny with some citrus notes and light caramelly hints on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 15, 2011
(Bottle from Damon’s) Pours very dark brown with some brown highlights. Two and a half fingers of frothy, whipped tan head that recede somewhat. Aroma of citrus/grapefruit and lighter pine. Mouthfeel creamy, fairly light, lightly pebbly. Droopy, broken lacing. Aroma of sweet and slightly sharp citrusy-grapefruity hoppiness with some pine. No roastiness or malt presence. Just sweet, citrusy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2400) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle. Moderate toasted and coffee for the malt, heavy pine, resin and good hydro-pot for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with hints of pepper and cigar ash. Head is large, frothy to fizzy, tan with excellent lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor is moderately to heavily acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation. This Black IPA stands out because of the unique and bold aroma. Could’ve been a bit more complex in the flavor though.

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