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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alaskan Double Black IPA is a combination of beer styles, with a flavor profile most similar to an Imperial IPA and the dark black color and rich flavors usually found in heartier stouts and porters.
The Black IPA, also called "Cascadian Dark Ale" or "American-style India Black Ale," is a relative newcomer to the craft beer world. We may not know what to call it yet, but we do know it’s dark and it’s hoppy and we can’t get enough of it.

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3.7
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bomber that leems shared with me in his beer basement in Portlandia. Poured a super dark brown with an inch and a half of cocoa foam. Smells of roast, chocolate, caramel, a little orange rind perhaps. Not a lot of hoppiness in the smell. Flavor was also much bigger on roasted malts than any sort of hop flavor, with a little chocolate and caramel in there as well as the hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Not at all what I expected, but I still enjoyed this brew.

3.7
juiceisloose (1491) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bomber my mom brought back from her trip to Alaska. Pours a nearly pitch black body and topped by a nice, smooth mocha colored head of foam that shows good retention and leaves patches of lace behind. The aroma is very hop forward with tons of pine, grassy, and earthy hop bitterness. There is a good amount of roasted barley as well that hints at coffee and dark cocoa. The flavor follows the same line with plenty of roasted coffee and barley malt to go with the earthy and pine resin hop bitterness. Dark chocolate and burnt caramel lend some balancing sweetness. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation with a smooth and creamy feel on the palate. The finish is lengthy and dry with bitter chocolate lingering around. This is a really tasty black ipa. Solid beer from these guys.

4
dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is a combination of sweet caramel, bitter chocolate, and an overall presence of some earthy, slightly herbal hops and light pine. Flavor shows the same with a well structure malt backbone being soaked in chewy, sticky hops. Overall body is moderate, and finishes with moderate to heavy bitterness.

3.8
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Smells like a porter, looks like a porter but its not a porter. Pours black with a big, tan head, and lots of lace. Smells roasty overall, lightly sweet with a moderate dose of floral bitter hops. Tastes of roasted malts mostly with a building, deep citrus hop flavor as well. Medium/full body, ok carbonation.

3.5
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
22oz bottle $9. Damn beer has gotten really expensive these days. Dark black,wow. smells like orange rind and malts, porter. It tastes like a very hoppy porter to me, dark malts, a little fruit from the hops but no pine and just doesn’t make me think IPA at all. I’m still not sold on the style but this was alright. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-16-2010 06:12:08

3.6
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
On tap at obriens. Black pour with tan head. Taste is big fuzzy malt to hops to barley wine sweet alcohol. Gooey back. Roasty to caramel. Good not great.

4
mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 22, 2010
Bottled sample. Might be one of the finer beers innate ever tried. Reminds me of half pints black ipa

3.5
furthur (1180) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle, black body, decent almond colored head, nice lace. Aroma is spruce and mango, pineapple, toasted barley, caramel. Taste is light, tropical fruit, citrus rind, spruce, candy sugar. Finish is citrus rind bitter. Palate is light, carbonation fine, and adequate. Not getting any toasty flavor here at all. If I closed my eyes, I’d call this a DIPA.

3.8
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Medium roasted malt body. Slight chocolate character with light fruity sweetness. Some subdued peppery notes upfront. Some sharp citrus that is attenuated by the bitterness.

3.2
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 The pour is a nearly opaque black with a moderately full, tan, rocky, dense layer of foam which is mostly lasting and does leave lots of thick lace. The nose is nice but plagued by some imperfections; lactic notes and cardboard hide what seems like it could be an interesting beer. Notes of spicy hops, chocolate, and some resins found underneath the imperfections. The flavor is less plagued but still not what it could be; light Colombia roast coffee, spicy resins, some grapefruit notes, dark chocolate, and dark bread crust. The palate is thin, medium, watery, and lively. The finish is drying, bitter, resinous, bread crust, and some bakers’ chocolate. This is the second beer I have tried and this one still seems to be oxidized or infected somehow with the cardboard and lactic notes. However, the beer seems to be decent attempt at the style. I usually like this breweries small batch beers but this one missed mostly due to the imperfections.


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