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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.”


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (422) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Black, nearly opaque appearance with just a little red around the edges. Dense, tan head. Heavy roasted malt flavor with coffee, caramel and a little burnt toast. Very bitter. Fairly light-bodied. Sticky mouthfeel. Not a session beer. Much better than I expected.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DomD (43) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2014 Poured from bottle. Aroma of coffee. Almost completely black, with minimal head. Mild taste. Full bodied, creamy texture. Overall a really great brew. I was tasting other IPA’s while drinking this so it tasted very much like a stout to me. I would be curious to try this with other stouts to make that comparison. Had edit my rating, because I was using my phone and it got posted before I was finished.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1022) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Draft. Enjoyable, the malt character comes through in the nose perhaps a bit more than the hops. very dark brown with a a nice tan head. Nice roasted character, fairly smooth mouthfeel with a hop bite. Close to a strong porter but maybe just enough hopping to be classified as Black IPA. Nice either way.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kathouse (991) - Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2014
This really seems more like a brown ale. Deep brown with red highlights. Toasted malt and chocolate aromas. Medium body. Toast flavors with just a touch of roasted malt dryness. No hop bitterness or flavor to speak of.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ozarkspops (352) - - JUL 21, 2014
Dark brown pour. Thick off white head. Well balance hop and dark malt aromas. Charcoal, and dark chocolate hop aroma bit overly noticeable. Flavor is much more hoppy. Spicy earthy floral hop flavors. Nice balance with the dark malt flavors. ---Rated via iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (1297) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Smell of roasted malt. Black colour, light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, hops, cocoa. Bitter, medium sweet. Soft, medium-rich carbon, ashy palate. Medium body, slightly watery.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1228) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2014
a solid black ipa. has a bit of a roast hop aroma. taste is a mild pine mixed with some roast malts, smooth body, good texture bit creamy. A nice brew.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2524) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Off black, amber edges. 2 finger coffee head. Nose is roasty charcoal licorice with a major fruitiness. Chocolate and peat. Very light though. Thin mouthfeel. Pine needle. Finish is maple smoke

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Murky darkness. Sweet, almost oyster-like nose. Chewy texture up front; thinner toward the finish. A bit too roasty for a black IPA, IMO. Odd tobacco note in the background. Hops seemed way too mild, with subdued hints of herbs and earth. Mild to moderate bitterness just wasn’t enough. I craved more hops and less roast.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (890) - - MAY 18, 2014
Transfer from BA reviewed 1-15-12 - Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – Black. Very little light seeps through this brew. It forms a nice white head which dissipates slowly over time to leave just a slight amount of lacing. Smell – Some roasted aromas initially meet the nose. Coffee and some roasted barley/malt. This is quickly followed by some more citrusy hops. Taste – A wonderful nutty, coffee, and a bit of cocoa hit the tastebuds first. This is quickly subdued by some more sweet maltiness of sweetened chocolate. The hops then enter and take over. Citrus and a tiny bit of pine. A strange taste transition, but very pleasing. Mouthfeel – A good level of body and a nice level of carbonation both good for the more stout like body as well as the IPA like nature of the beer. Overall - This is one good beer. The best of anything I have tried with Wolvers/otter creek and a beer that is excellent as a standard go to.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (517) - Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Draft in Bar Harbor. Pours very dark with a light head. You also get some malt in the finish. A mild black IPA.


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