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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.”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, some earhtiness, and some chocolate. Tastes of the same but on the thinner side with a thinner body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Brown black with a bit of tan head. Intense tangerine and grapefruit aroma. Roasty flavors combine with hoppy ipa highlights. $2/12oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
black with a nice big tan head... fades kinda quickly... aromatic lots of hops citrusy under a roasty aroma.... Flavor doesnt equal the aroma but is quality... more roasty than the hoppy aroma ... medium bodied... good beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwpom (296) - Akron, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle in a Consumer microbrew variety pack. First Black IPA I’ve tried, and it’s pretty much what I expected. A black IPA. You can think of it as a bit less bitter than an ipa, or more bitter than a porter/stout. Either way, it’s a good mix. A nice white head with good lacing, a solid ABV, and not a bad flavor. A good winter brew, unless you’re like me and dig dark beers anytime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4109) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Cheap. Pour is not quite black. Smells like krinkled up spruce limbs and needles. Strong and bitter wew taste. What else can be said, stacks up with the best schwartz ipa. Comes across stronger than 6%. Numbing to the palate after a few swigs. Oily and palate coating to an extent. If you love impy stout and imperial ipa mixed together, give this a try. Medicinal long bitter finish. Maybe tatses like yer chewing on some burned spruce limbs that have been made damp in a spring shower. Above average smell saves these humanistic numbers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle/12oz - Pours a dark black/brown in color with a medium tan head that settled to a thin covering over the beer. Some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is a mixture of dark roasted malts... very stout-like... and plenty of citrus hops. Flavor is "interesting"... roasted malts and hops as expected, but also some funkiness that I did not expect... sort of "mild barnyard" in the aftertaste. Not a flavor I expected from this type of beer and it is a detractor for an otherwise really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Black pour with a copious tan frothy head. The nose is piney and resinous with lots of grapefruit and orange citrus notes. A roasty caramel malt also comes through. The flavor holds caramel and dough with a backbone of citrus hop. Floral, herbaceous, and piney. The palate is medium bodied with fine bubbled carbonation and a resinous sticky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a creamy tan head, nice lacing. Rich nose of roast, coffee, hops. Full body, soft, creamy, nice touch of carbonation. Taste is roasty and coffee with the piny hops coming through on the finish. Somewhat bitter but the roast takes the front seat, reminiscent of baker’s chocolate. Far exceeded my expectations- good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours very deep reddish brown with a medium light brown head that leaves a sheet of brown lacing. Aromas of funky papaya, roasty cocoa, coffee, and a little pine. Flavor is roasted coffee, a little sour cocoa, raisin, and chocolate malt. A little bitter cocoa in the finish. Medium carbonation and body, with a dry finish. This was quite nice; pleasantly bitter and roasty, and pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark cola with a small cream colored head. Aroma of pine, hints of evergreen, sweet dark malt, and roasted notes. Taste of pine tar, sweet dark malt, roasted notes and hops. Dry finish.

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