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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The Alpine Black IPA made its debut at the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington, Vermont in July. 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: 6.0%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (3827) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Strong aroma of pine. Cola brown, thin tan head. Dark roasted malt and pine. Fizzy with a charred oak finish. Nicely rustic and woody. The hop varieties used go very well with the roasted malts. Great camping beer!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Downtown Wine & Gourmet, Harrisonburg, VA, opened 1/10/11. Pours a dark brown color with a medium light brown creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty notes and earthy bitter hops. The taste is citrus hops, caramel, lightly roasted malts. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2011
on tap. very drinkable refreshing black ipa. not complex or anything crazy but a nice crisp beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Looking at it, you can tell why they named it the Black IPA; it is an opaque black with a little bit of tan head. Hops define the aroma, giving is a sharp citrusy smell, accompanied by hints of spices. Taste has a soft bitter kick in the middle that lingers for a long finish. The medium body is slick, and as the weak head indicates it doesn’t have much carbonation. Overall a great, warm, beer for the winter that stands out from other seasonals.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3953) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours a dirty, poop water brown with a small sudsy light tan head that fades. Nose is pretty weak, some hops and roasted hops but neither is too pronounced or well rounded. Flavor is a bit more existent, yet still lacking the finesse of some of the better examples of the style. Slightly watery and astringent mouthfeel and finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
emacgee (4023) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Pours a dark black with some light on the edges. Nose is green and hoppy, definitely hoppy. ind of off with a mild coffee character. Flavor kind of falls short, astringent palate. Green and grassy with lots of bitterness. Note much dark grain character save for maybe the astringency. Bleh

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle. Body is almost black with a thin beige head. Aromas are reminiscent of a little chocolate mixed into that flowery smelling soap that your crazy aunt always had in her wallpapered bathroom you used when you visited her house on holidays. As it warms a bit, a light pine aroma helps diminish my dismay at the flowery mess and the chocolate picks up steam as well. Still, my hopes are that this is the true nature of the beast, not that god-awful first impression. Flavor is a revelation and my prayers have been answered. Chocolate and slightly stinging pine and resin dominate, with just a bit of aunt Millie’s soap at the very end, but you can chose to almost completely ignore it if you want. It still comes across as a bit washed out at times, but this is pretty decent stuff and I would gladly have another.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2244) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Draught from Spring Lounge. Poured a subtle dark, not a lot of head. Nice roastiness and hoppiness. I really like this style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. Brown with some tan head. Aroma is hoppy, grassy and herbacious. A bit of malt on the palate but was expecting a bit more, also some more grassy hops. A bit too grassy and not enough malt to balance it out in my opinion, not too bad though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Dark brown, thick staying head, clingy full retention. Nose is floral and citrus hop notes. Same hits on first taste + coffee, creamy feel. Tart. Decent beer.


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