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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.”


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2011
black pour. slight beige head. Aroma is hops forward, Flutters of pininess and some light fruity citrus from the citra, also underlying roast and dark chocolate maltiness. Flavor is creamy bittersweet chocolate, some piney hops, light citra hop fruitiness evident. Really nice actually, not over the top roasty or piney, like some. Worth getting again for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmc619 (418) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Into an Otter Creek English pub glass. Black/dark brown. Great pour with creamy head, off-tan. This beer smells like the woods--lots of pine from the hops. Low on citrus, more of an earthy bouquet. As far as taste experience, this is like an IPA that transforms into a stout: you get hit with the bitters at first, but the finish is dark chocolate and roasted malt. Nice lingering bitterness on the tongue. Really liked this when I tried it in Vermont, and it’s as good as I remember it. The whole CDA/black IPA thing seems to be catching on and this is a fine example.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4784) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle. Poured a pitch black color with a off-white head. Aroma was sweet malts, fruity hops. Woah, this one was a solid Black IPA/IBA. Crisp citrus, grapefruits, pine hops, sweet malt balance. I’ll be looking for this one again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3590) - 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 (6639) - 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 (4470) - 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 (513) - 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 (5483) - 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 (1961) - 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
Earlier Rating: 10/3/2010 Total Score: 4
Sampled at Great Real NY. A pleasent surprise from Otter Creek... good coffee flavor. Well put together black ipa.


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