Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2445) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Close to black with beige head. Aromas of soap, cocoa, tea, cinnamon. Flavors of coffee, cereal, cocoa, soap. Slightly dry finish with hop attenuation. Slight tannic-like character. Medium body with soapy mouthfeel and bright, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4830) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 9, 2011
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours very dark brown with a thick, beige head. Aroma strong of the citrus hops but the caramel and roasted malts are present as well. Not as much of a porter presence as some other black IPAs. Still a great combination of roasted malts and citrus hops. Average texture. A good beer from this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmc619 (501) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5820) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4954) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (8000) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4881) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (570) - Boulder, Colorado, 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.

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