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RATINGS: 274   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Jimsal27 (244) - New York, USA - SEP 1, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2013 Pours dark black with aromas of citrus and malt. Taste of malt hops coffee and cola. Light mouth feel with good carbonation. Not a fan of the black ipas

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (336) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2013
There is a strong citrus aroma. There is also aromas of roasted malts and coffee. It is nearly completely dark in color with a medium brown, medium bodied head. There is definite a roasted malt flavor with a strong citrus aftertaste that is pleasant to the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RogertheKid (90) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle. A good black IPA, but missing something to bring the tastes together. I get all the taste separately, and to much carbonation, to watery to my taste. I did not love it, but it is drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (439) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcclainc50 (172) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Pours black with little head and almost no lacing. If you old it to light you can see just how unfiltered this beer really is! Smells of coffee and malt. Tastes spectacular, very conplex, the malted barley, the coffee notes are at the top but below that are all types of flavors you can staste. Worth drinking...regularly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtdewa1 (308) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Oil black pour. Hold a light to it, the unfiltered side comes through. Aroma of coffee and malted barley. Taste the hops, well balanced. Very good brew!!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mystikhybrid (5) - Stanhope, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2013 does not count
Amazing complex taste. Lack of hops aroma bitterness and oils for an IPA. But still amazingly balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (1624) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 Draft at Khyber Pass. Very cloudy dark pour. Lasting foamy tan head. Thicker mouthfeel than expected. Chocolate ash. Very nice but missing the bluntness of the original round of Black IPAs. Still good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle-purchased at Total Wine in Springfield, VA July 2013 consumed August 2013. Pours almost pitch black with a small fizzy lite kacki head with sparse lacing. Flavors are roasty, lite dark chocolate, lite woody hops, but not very punchy or flavorful. some lite toasted notes in there as well. somewhat wet dark burnt malt long into the finish. Body is thin and slightly over carbonated. Im not that impressed. flimsy finish of husky dark malt and lite piney hops with some big black pattent malt profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9693) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy and bubbly beige head, short retention, dissipates to the edge and has good lacing. Aroma is soft roasted malt, dark chocolate, earthy and herbal hops with prunes and raisins. Flavor is moderate hops and malt/hop bitterness, dark dried fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

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