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RATINGS: 262   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3229) - 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 (9465) - 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 (683) - 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 (1977) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerandbeyond (664) - ISRAEL - MAY 15, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Super dark brown with a small dark beige head. Mostly roasted aroma, with slight piney notes. Hoppy flavors of earth and pines, coffee some dark cocoa. Med-hi bitterness, medium bodied, well balanced and overall OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1724) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2013
12 oz bottle; code may indicate Sept. 2012 bottling. A: Pours clear, very deep and dark mahogany in color, looking almost black in the glass. There’s a very short-lived tan head that reduces to some thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. A bit of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma: Very dark roasted malts and fruity/earthy hops fight for dominance. Hints of chocolate, charcoal, peat, and citrus fruit: Complex but, like most black IPAs, lacks integration. T: Loads of dark and very dark roasted malts with a trace of smoke. Hints of dark chocolate, pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, and bitter chocolate. Mild bitterness ramps up a bit, but is well controlled, in the finish. A rather pleasant smokey-earthy-grapefruit aftertastes lingers on and on, with hops and dark malts in good balance. M: Medium+ body and carbonation. Clean with light amounts of dryness in the finish. O: A tasty black IPA featuring more darkly roasted malts, yet with only a limited and quite acceptable burnt quality. Rich and moderately complex, this is a very big beer for 6% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
Dégustée en fût chez "The Reservoir Restaurant & Taproom" à Waterbury, VT. De couleur noire-brune et quasi-opaque. Nez de malt rôti, moyen de chocolat noir et de houblon herbeux aux notes florales et citriques avec des notes de pain grillé. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes crémeuses. Goût moyennement amer de houblon herbeux aux notes florales et citriques (une amertume présente en arrière-goût toute la gorgée) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt rôti avec un moyen goût de pain grillé ainsi que des notes de chocolat noir puis en finale l’amertume de houblon se fait légèrement plus herbeuse et aux notes asséchantes. Post-goût moyen-long et un peu sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux aux notes citriques avec un moyen goût de rôti. (1er mai 2013)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TATE (285) - Lubec, Maine, USA - APR 27, 2013
On tap at Water Street Tavern. Pours black with a thick than head. Piney hop aroma. Good balance of sweet malt and big hops throughout. One of my favorites currently. Not a big fan of IPAs in general but this is great.

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