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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
Alaskan’s spring seasonal release is a new beer experience created from a combination of traditional beer styles. Alaskan Black IPA has the appearance of a porter or stout but combines the roasted malty characters with the refreshing flavor and bright aroma of an American IPA.

Alaskan’s spring seasonal features the hop-forward profile of an IPA with the dark black color and flavors of a fuller-bodied porter. A burst of fresh, citrus notes from Cascade and Centennial hops balance the hints of coffee and bitter chocolate with a subtle toasted sweetness and dark fruit highlights leading to a pleasantly dry finish.

The Black IPA style is also known as “American-style India Black Ale” or “Cascadian Dark Ale,” and though we still may not know what to call it, we do know it’s dark, hoppy and we can’t get enough of it. Alaskan first shared their take on this new style with the limited Pilot Series release of Alaskan Double Black IPA. This spring release is a more sessionable version with the same surprising balance between hops and roasted malts.

Alaskan Black IPA is made from glacier-fed water, generous additions of Cascade, Centennial and other Pacific Northwest hops, and an array of eight different pale, caramel and chocolate malts.

The combination of big citrus and dark malt flavors make Alaskan Black IPA an outstanding pairing beer for dishes that combine sweet and savory. This includes everything from chocolate & ancho-chipotle rubbed pork, fried chicken and waffles or curried chocolate.

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larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Poured from 12 0z, dark brown with a good sized tan head. Roasty nose with bits of chocolate, more bitter than sweet to the taste, somewhat balanced. Medium bodied with good carbonation, not the typical Black IPA I have had lately, good all round.

pkbites (985) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Appearance is of cola. Dark brown/black with a nice brownish head. Aroma has a weird smell in it I can’t exactly place. It’s not overall pleasant. This has a nice bitterness to it, and a good bitter aftertaste. But not as floral/hoppy as most IPA’s. The bitterness might be from the hops, but not as floral as I like my IPA’s. A good sipper, but only mediocre as an IPA.

Beaver (1846) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big fluffy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, a little chocolate and dark fruit, and piney floral hops.

The flavor is roasted, slightly acidic, malts and sweet dark fruit with some decent piney bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied and watery.

Overall, a decent Black IPA. Kind of reserved, but balanced.

Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours a rich black color with thick, pillowy mocha head. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee notes along with a strong hop forward nose.

dwyerpg (6413) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2012
A pretty solid beer, it has a nice hop flavor and a very good finish. Not as aggressive as a lot of black IPAs but solid nonetheless.

killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2012
12 oz. from Brennan. Not my favorite. I don’t understand why it tastes so tangy. I prefer my beers to have bit more body. I recommend the Pilot Series Double Black over this any day.

troopie (2439) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle. Black with thick off beige head. Lots of lacing. Lightly hopped aroma with a fresh bread note. Flavour not at all like a porter, an ipa, not overly bitter with some roast. Some citrus in the finish. A worthy black IPA

Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
20 feb 2012, bottle. really dark brown/ruby w/ thick head. wet wheat bread, alcohol, slightly meaty malt. nice nose. med body and fizzy. dark chocolate bitterness, burnt toast, with very bitter grassy hop finish. this has big stout flavor with big hop finish and it’s pretty fizzy. i think this is a really good black ipa, though i’m not a huge black ipa fan.

cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottled. Near black in color with a medium sized head. Good retention and lacing. Sweet caramel, light roast, and substantial earth and piney notes. Medium sweet attack followed a syrupy texture then a bitter, lightly roasty finish.

Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2012
12 ounce bottle courtesy of GhostFace. Pours a near pitch black color witha medium sized tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty notes and muted hops. The taste is bitter citrus and pine hops with a faint roasty finish. Medium bodied. A bit off balance but not bad.

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