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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
Alaskans 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.

Alaskans 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 its dark, hoppy and we cant 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2013
After a long walk dragging the kids around in the wagon Im hoping that this will serve refreshing and roasted. Its very dark brown in color, but you can see a slight cola-like thinness when viewed from above. The off-white head is weak, regardless of the pour. The aroma is pleasant, boasting bready caramel sweetness and practically no notes of roasted malts. Whew. So far so good. In the mouth, however, the roasted bitterness is harsh. It completely masks any sweetness, but does allow some indistinguishable hop character to peek through. It almost seems as if thy used some highly acidic hops to counter balance the roast, creating a very bitter overall experience. Too bad. Some slightly green, plant-like hops come trough in the finish. Otherwise, it has a more or less uneventful flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Almost black, kinda more dark brown with amber notes, but nice enough looking. Head and lace were pretty good. Aroma is slightly astringent, hoppy, some maltiness and roastiness. Flavor is nice, its pretty IPA-like. Theres some roasty dark malt flavor, but its light. Mostly you get a nice hoppiness, pretty up front but almost balanced. Body is medium and well carbonated, quite drinkable. Its a nice brew, Im glad I took the chance on a sixer. Ive had other Alaskan brews before tho and its a good brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a slight red hue holding it up to the light. It starts out with a big pillowy white head that subsides to a thin cap of khaki suds. Leaves behind insane amounts of lacing.

Aroma: Faint citrusy hops and slight peppery roast.

Taste: Herbal and citrusy hop spice right up front. Medium roast coffee. Finishes with a pleasant bitter hop finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied. Juicy with modest carbonation.

Overall: While a little conservative for the dank Black IPA that I enjoy, this was a tasty, well rounded hoppy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottled, dark brown with tan foam, aroma is roast and pine, flavor of chocolate, roasted nuts, just right bitterness, good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Black, medium bodied with a real foamy, dense tan head. Bitter.hoppy aroma with a faint roasty malt background and a hint of cocoa. It smells good. The flavor is really well balanced and had a faint roasty chocolate malt flavor with a strong bitter bite. Its really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2228) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Pours black with a medium size foamy tan head, and very good lacing. Smells of hops, black roasty malt, and a little pine. Taste is bitter, malt, nice hoppy taste, pine, and a tad bit of citrus. Ends bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (1414) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Dark brown/amber pour, off white head. Nose is fresh pine cones. Bitter. medium to full body. Chocolate malt with grapefruits and pine through the middle. Steady, bitter finish. Keeper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle pours a dark red/brown with a tan top. Scent is pine and citrus. Roasted malt taste with pine and coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (2520) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Poured almost a finger of tan head on a black body. The aroma is citrus with a note of roasted malt. It has a solid flavor profile: lemon, grapefruit and slight roasted malt. It has a crisp texture, a bit high on the carbonation. A worthy and flavorful BIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25652) - Malm, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle @ Chriso. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a fruity malty roasted piney hoppy aroma. Fruity roasted malty hoppy piney flavor. Has a roasted malty piney hoppy licorice finish.

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