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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2234) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Tasted on 12/26/10 from a 12oz bottle sent to me as an extra in a trade, there is a long lot number that I can’t make any sense of. Pours (believe it or not) black with an average tan head that leaves a fairly thick blanket of lace. The nose is fresh pine and sticky resin hops, grapefruit, coffee, roasted malt, and a good hint of sweet molasses/burnt brown sugar. The flavor starts off with the molasses and burnt brown sugar, moving to the darkly roasted coffee flavor, and then the bitterness takes over with pine resin and grapefruit hops. The body is medium with very lively carbonation and a long roasted coffee and grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2322) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Found bottle in family members garage mixed in with budlight and heinken’s what a nice surprise gift. Pours a pretty cafe color and tastes of pine, grapefruit, coffee, and floral. finishes dry and is quite pleasant, thanks random fortune.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5136) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a huge foamy brown head that lingered forever and produced great lacing. The aroma was strong grapefruit, pine and floral hops though was a touch harsh. The flavor was piney and grapefruity with a strong floral middle and was almost gritty with hops. There was alight nutty malt base but this beer was mostly hop forward. The finish was long, dryish and full of floral and piney hops. Moderately full bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Powder_Beer (11) - Durango, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Malty aroma with a great black color. However the taste is dry, despite the full finish. High amounts of yeast along with cocoa and coffee. The head is medium sized and cafe colored. The coffee taste comes through rather strong in the aftertaste. Overall the taste is malty with the mouthfeel being thin despite the deep color. Appearance of this beer is great, but the taste isn’t what I was looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (1910) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Citrus aroma with hints of malt. Dark brown color with a small white head. Moderate bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2269) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On tap at Sweetwater’s in Burlington. Thin black pour with a small ivory-colored head. Aroma is mostly of dark citrus hop, a touch of evergreen, and some definite caramel malt balance. Flavor is quite pleasant, with a bit of grapefruit, pine sap, and more caramel and molasses. Certainly has more malt balance, being a black IPA, than many of its hop-forward stylistic cousins. Palate is a bit of a downside; rather watery, and the hop bitterness is pleasant but not biting in the finish, which I love. Still, drinkable, and tasty overall.
Earlier Rating: 7/16/2010 Total Score: 3.3
On tap at Farmhouse in Burlington. Thin black pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is fairly light and hoppy, with notes of flowers and freshly mowed grass. Flavor perpetuates the grassy and floral hop character, with a touch of citrus hop as well. Palate is a bit light for my style-- not enough resinous stickiness for me. OK, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (2727) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Pours very deep reddish brown with a medium light brown head that leaves a sheet of brown lacing. Aroma is of roasted cocoa, coffee, and a little pine. Flavor is roasted coffee, a little cocoa and chocolate malt. A little bitter hops at the end. Medium carbonation and body, with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2314) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
loved it. Clean fresh pine from North American forests in late fall. thick enough to deserve the black color. refreshing and substantial and a sensory overload.... Without any gimmick, Thank you. a bitter brew with just a touch of sweetness and citrus. On tap at Gingerman NYC. Lingering finish unbalanced and smooth it is represented by some roasted barley. Addictive, Fragrant and beautiful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (2901) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Meh...This beer is drinkable in a pinch but I wouldn’t buy it again. Aroma was that of a porter. Coffee and roasted malt. Pour was a nice deep dark black with a one finger off white head. Taste was all coffee and roasted malt with hints of chocolate in the front, then the bitter citrus hops come in an erase anything before them. Nice carbonation. A decently complex beer, I’m just not a big fan of the style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (9270) - 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.

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