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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Tap. Pours to a deep ruby brown body with a nice super creamy tan head. Aroma is super sprucy with some noticeable chocolate malt and brownies. Flavor is chocolate malt and crisp clean spruce hops. Pretty balanced. Or, it’s possible that the hops are citrusy, but when mixed with the malt, it comes off differently. Palate is hoppy but balanced with light bitter malt and a creamy texture. This was great.

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2016
12oz bottle pours with a good dark brown head... nice lacing... the brew is clear, but is still very dark brown only showing hints of garnet at the stem end of my wine glass. Aromas are well rounded.. good blend of roasty malts and citrus hops.. dark cocoa comes with some warmth... Flavor is nice... cocoa and slight roast maltiness with no real astringency... citrus is a bit light, but it helps the overall brew... this is well balanced and well done... a slight sweetness adds to the overall brew adding to the body and helps bring out the hop and malt flavors.

kyzr (1633) - Montana, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Dark cola pour with decent brown head. Nose is roasted malt and grassy hops. Flavor is much the same, with a herb finish. (Old notes)

lownote (585) - Austin, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2015
Light roasted aroma. Pours black with with a tan tiny head. Taste is a pretty generic hop flavor. Thick mouth and light carb. Not very interesting.

slowrunner77 (13622) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
acheives a nice complexity of chocolate and roasted malts and a healthy dose of citrus in the nose and flavor. light, but more bitter in the aftertaste than expected. a sessionable, but flavorful black ipa...and better IMO than their double black ipa that was more for one bottle than this one was for a six-pack

lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Light black. Smell is hoppy roast cardboard malt. Overly sweet. Taste is a bit better. More balanced. Slightly cardboardy. Good I hate this style

arnold931 (1261) - Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a large off-white head. Nose is chocolate and grassy hops. Also some coffee.

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Best by: 13APR12 I was excited to try this as I enjoyed the Black IPA from their Pilot Series last year. The beer is a nice black with red hues and a nice tan foam presence. Smells like a sweet porter mixed with grassy and resiny hops, maybe the slightest hint of peppery notes. The flavor follows through with a nice and complimentary style of east meets west kinda fusion. I dig the flavor profile in that neither the malts nor the hops dominate this one - it’s well balanced in a classy and appropriate fashion. The mouthfeel is relatively full with some fine and soft carbonation. I like the beer, I like many of AK’s beers and I’m happy to have this in the spring lineup. I’d drink this all night - easy and smooth. Serving type: bottle 02-02-2012

want1DIPA (227) - - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle pour a few months back. I tasted some hints of chocolate with a tad of spice. Very enjoyable. My first Alaskan.

swoopjones (7019) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2013
bottle. darker cola colored pour, medium to lighter body. flavor was light on the palate, mild roast & light bitterness. a beginner BIPA. ok , expected more from this brewery

AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color with tan head. Pine, floral, dry chocolate aromas. medium body, average carbonation. Dry black malt, dark chocolate flavors with some bitter pine hoppage; dry light ash finish--not bad

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