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RATINGS: 218   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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wlajwl (7013) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Aroma is pine, light spices and wintergreen/candy. The flavor is light grapefruit, dark malts, mint candy and a mix of acidity and tangy in the finish.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Draft on tap at Sugar Maple (Milwaukee, WI). Pours a deep blackish brown pour, darker middle, touches of ruby brown glow on the edges. A frothy light brown head atop dies to a mellow layer, laces ok. Aromas are medium grapefruit, some lemon and florals. Touches of toastiness, black malt, bit of cocoa. Some pretzels, bready malts, and touches of resiny pine. Initial is medium bodied, a decent to medium bitter front end shows good grapefruit rind, some lemon, florals. Some resiny pine, gentle toastiness. Middle keeps that nose but starts to fade a bit. Toasty, bready middle. Some pretzels, still a nice grapefruit note keeps trucking through. A bit of bubblegum, almost Amarillo fruity quality comes on as we move further into the middle. Some melon, citrusy hops, some tangerine. Touches of florals, grass, some toastiness and carmelization as we round that corner cut in. Finish is decent bitterness, some toasty and cocoa elements linger well. Bready, biscuits, a bit more cocoa. The hops have died out a bit, a touch of fuzzy fruity hops, grapefruit. A firmer hop profile or one that sustains throughout is more desired, but it’s well constructed that’s for sure. Solid.

ShawnC (76) - - MAY 14, 2013
The color of dr pepper. No head at all. Espresso and molasses. Mouthfeel has a delicate creaminess. Malts are surprisingly light if it wasn't for the espresso notes and the color I never would have guessed the black part. Finish is clean but a bit short. ---That dog will hunt!

Steverus0 (263) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Kinda nailed it. This brew is a great blend between a black ale or lager with sweet roasted caramel malts and barley with a great floral, slightly grassy hop character. Nice and smooth and lingers on the palate just right. This is clearly an IPA made bold and deep enough for those cold Alaskan springs, or as we called the season, breakup - when the snow and ice start to (go figure) break up revealing the burgeoning spring developing below. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

fidemaster (335) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Has a lightly fruity smell. Yet it looks like a dark stout. It gives you a a tangy IPA flavor combined with a bit of sweet creaminess. It was not a bad beer and I would try it again.

nealblind (1965) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 28, 2013
Aroma of chocolate and lemons. Tastes of herbal hops that blend somewhat well with astringently dark malts but the astringency is too much. Also slight chilis flavor in the mix. The palate is light for the style with minimal carbonation. The mouthfeel leaves a postage stamp reside on the tongue with a similar woody taste.

Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2013
This one gets better as it warms. Lots of nice chocolate notes with a slight fruit aroma. Appearance is nice and dark with a lingering head. Taste is great malt character with a great, balanced amount of sweetness. It's also has a good smoothness. The bitterness on the end really adds to the overall complexity making this one dry and really drinkable... Let it warm a bit; you'll love it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Pugmalion1 (8) - - APR 22, 2013 does not count
Gorgeous deep amber color and a pleasant balance of toasted malt and clean hops on the tongue. Best part is the aroma. Amazing fresh citrus notes over a more subtle roasted nuttiness. Probably my favorite from the brewery thus far.

TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2013
So I like black IPAs and I like his beer. Beer pours dark brown with a nice thick, retained tan colored head. Hoppy, piney aroma and chocolate. Taste is sweet and bitter. Yum!!!

CanIHave4Beers (4209) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2013
A poor abandoned bottle excavated from the cooler at work & given to me by a bartender who must have been sick of looking at it or something.
Bartender: "Have you had this"
Me: "no"
Bartender: "well if you want to try it, take it home... it’s just been sitting in the cooler"
Me: "ok"

Pours a dark brown with a nice thick head and plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is hop forward, fruity, & pleasant. The aroma suffers mildly from that "Guinea Pig Pellet" aroma that many beers of this style can’t seem to shake off... but it’s mild here. The roastiness is only mildly apparent in the nose.

The flavor is again mild on roastiness, but big on hops. There is plenty of pleasant citrus and fruit forward hops here with some piney notes as well. I think blindfolded this one would be a dead ringer for a black IPA, which is fine, but I normally like the ones that I wouldn’t be able to tell a little better. While the roastiness is mild, it does lend to some of the bitterness & there is most defiantly a black licorice note to this one. The beer is largely dry and while it clams to be fairly malty it’s really not an especially malt focused example of Black IPA (thankfully)

Overall it’s pretty damn fine though... I don’t think this could have been left in the cooler for very long, it tastes pretty fresh.

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