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RATINGS: 266   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.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcclainc50 (171) - 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 (303) - 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 (1597) - 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 (3231) - 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 (9599) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdgf06 (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Light head. Black appearance and good aroma you'd expect in an IPA. Nice dark malt finish. Not overpowering. Good all around beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (736) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Pine aroma with some roasted malt aromas. Roasted malt flavor with some coffee notes. Piney flavor finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (2056) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with two fingers of thick tan colored head. Aroma of roasted caramel malts, some coffee, hazelnuts, and earthy hops. Big rich robust coffee/roasted malt flavor up front, with a bitter earthy hop bite that follows.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AaronDaniel (35) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Otter Black IPA pours black-brown with an ample, fluffy off-white head. The nose is pretty much espresso and SUPER piney hops. Nice coffee, and piney hops play nice. Espresso lingers. Medium carb and light weight make for easy drinking. Overall, this is a nice Black IPA. Nothing "swept me off my feet", but, it was still very enjoyable.

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