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RATINGS: 275   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.”


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (3037) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2014
I usually love Black IPAs, but this might be the most disappointing one I’ve had. Doesn’t have the sharp bitterness you’d expect and it has a strange aftertaste. Tried with Kevin at the Black Squirrel in 2014.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2186) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle. Tastes malty, nutty, and like light coffee bitterness. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like malty, nutty grains.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3592) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, earthy notes, raisins, prunes, and faint nutmeg. Flavor is roast malts forward, bittersweet chocolate, faint dark fruit esters, and faint espresso; dry, roast finish. Medium body and carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
optimus203 (3) - - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
Good aroma with a rich, stout-like taste. Not a big fan of the IPA’s, but this is a definite winner.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7913) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Draft at Whole Foods PM. Pours hazy black with tan head. Nose was roasty malt, resiny hops, mild coffee. Tastes as it smells, with a pretty good balance of hops and malt.
Earlier Rating: 2/3/2011 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid black with 1-finger off-khaki head. Nose is black patent malt, intense resiny hops. Nice nose on this, and it makes me crave the taste. Flavor is malty, with big resiny hop flavor, cacao, solid complexity, pretty rich, and smooth. Stays hoppy throughout, with a malt bill to match. Nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jflopsu (580) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Pours a dark brown. Has a nutty and chocolate aroma. Taste is a mix of but, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, and light hop and malt.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmikolich (1458) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Tap at British Beer Co, malty burn, some slightly astringent hops. I’m not sure whats up with this, as given the centennial and citra this should be way brighter. methinks it just needs more hops.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (1855) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle. This is a decent little black ipa that is well worth a go. Tidy brew with lots of zip.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2145) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Thick Head, Great Lacing S: Milk Chocolate, Mild Floral, Mild Coffee T: Black Bread, Mild Chocolate, Mild Coffee M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Dry, Mildly Bitter, Overall, a decent Black IPA with a nice smoothe mildly bitter aftertaste, drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3347) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
On draft at Mad Fox Oktoberfest. Pours a cloudy cola brown with an ecru head. Roasted malt nose. Flavors of light smoke and resinous hops. Highly carbonated. Mildly bitter finish.


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