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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.”


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 7, 2011
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate to dark caramelish. Roasted malty, toffee and caramelish. Slight citrusy hops fruity. Lingering fruity and dark roasted malty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29334) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 5, 2011
Bottled. An unclear amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of hops, malt, and fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, bread, and fruits, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 6, 2011
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an opaque pitch black with a beige head. Some roast and dried fruit in the nose combined with a little citrusy hops. Medium body, dark malty roast – some malt astringency in there – with a dry and lightly citric hoppiness. Ends bitter. Not the most powerful Black IPA. 050411

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19380) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2011
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear dark brown, brief head. Pungent aroma of black currant, such as from an effervescent tablet. Mid dry with clean, spritzy mouthfeel. Slightly roasty with artifical black currant hpos and salty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13410) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2012
Draught at Blind Tiger, NYC. Black - offwhite head. Nice malty. Ok hoppy. Peppery. Ok bitterness. High malty. Light red berries. Fruity notes. OK.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle. Almost black, tan head. Aroma of Pine! Taste is roasty chocolate milk and coffee grounds. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2010
12oz bottle. Small creamy beige head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some grapefruit, caramel, light bittersweet chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, roast, some grapefruit/pine, caramel, milk/bittersweet chocolate. Light-medium body, fairly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
12oz bottle-thanks dmac for sharing-pours a tan head and black color. Aroma is dark roasty malt, resin. Taste is dark roasty malt-chocolate/caramel, resin/pine hops.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11079) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Bottle from Carl. Without the "Alpine". Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is resin to me. With a touch of floral/perfume. Med+ body. Foamy carb. Flavor is initial roast malt with a surge of perfume/floral hop. There’s a lot of competing flavors, but I do not get citrus. Maybe some resin. Definitely bitter in the long finish. Or the short finish for that matter. There is no skimping on ingredients here. Quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11029) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle in NYC at Sander’s apartment. Pours clearish brown with a sturdy, beige head. Big ot pine and mild roast in the aroma, also some burnt wood. Nice flavor, medium sweet with pronounced roasted malts, along with grapefruit bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Hard and dry roasted malt finish, bitter citrus, some burnt sugar. Lingering gritty bitterness. One of the better Otter Creek beers I’ve had.


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