Formerly brewed at Otter Creek Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Middlebury, Vermont USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
The Alpine Black IPA made its debut at the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington, Vermont in July 2010. It was intended to be a one-off pilot batch and quickly evolved into an instant favorite. To appease demand we have decided to release it as our new Otter Creek Winter Seasonal. Those who attended the VBF were lucky to get a sneak tasting of this incredible brew. Since then it has been the buzz around town.

Beer Stats:
Style: Black IPA
ALC/VOL: 6.3%
IBU: 60
Malts: 2-Row, Caramel 60L, Carafa III
Hops: Apollo, Centennial, Citra

Description: “Dark in color and character, this unfiltered Black IPA exudes caramel and roasted notes while highlighting a bold hop bitterness and citrus aroma. Apollo, centennial, and citra hops intermingle with the deep complexities provided by copious amounts of caramel malts and de-husked roasted barley.”

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jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle shared by Dmac. Pours black. Tan head. Nose of black and caramel malts and hops. Taste of chocolate malt, hops, light caramel and a dryish pine finish.

jgb9348 (6438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Deep dark brown coloured body with a frothy tan head that dies down quickly. Aroma of fresh grassy and herbal hops with a lot of pine, grapefruit and even more pineapple - VERY nice smelling indeed. Medium-bodied; Assertive fresh hop flavour with a lot of grassy and piney hop flavour with a good malt backbone, a little sweetness and a tangy finish. Aftertaste shows mostly of hops with a little malt backbone, a tiny amount of sweetness, but mostly a bitter finish with a distinct grassy note. Overall, a nice Black IPA, showing a lot of hops and perhaps a bit too little complexity and malt. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle pulled from a six pack, purchased at Price Chopper in Lake Placid, New York on 28-January-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 10-March-2011.

dmac (6438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
12 oz super affordable six-pack, $7.99, at Spirits TR. Poured a black body under a large slightly foamy light beige head. Aroma of lightly burnt malts, grassy hops, light citrus rind, charcoal, grapefruit. Perfect body, medium mouthfeel, average carbonation with a touch of creaminess on the swallow. Flavor of burnt cereal, yellow grapefruit, citrus rind and green hop cones. Wow very solid beer and just a great buy overall.

mansquito (6815) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Whole Foods, DC six-pack ($9): Pours pretty much as close to black as it can be without being black. There also be a brown head. Aroma is the combination of American hops and roasted malts, which include the notes of some dark roast coffee and really bitter chocolate. Body is not really heavy. The hoppy bitterness is sustained throughout. The finish brings out most of the porter qualities, which linger into the aftertaste, which is quite burnt and roasty. A pretty good bIPA, although in fairness I haven’t had a really bad one yet.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2011
In short: A floral/minty and light bodied black ipa. Decent
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh one month after purchase
The look: Almost black body topped by a large beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is green and floral hops (borderline minty) over some chocolate fudge. Taste is a bit light. Body is very light with plenty of big soft bubbles that make if feel airy. Some foamy chocolaty cupcake, an old cup of cold black coffee, dried figs, minty floral hops, a bit soapy. Green resinous hops in the after-taste. Bitterness level is relatively low for the style and the beer is far from intense. This is sessionnable although I suspect its floral/minty/perfumy character may be a bit too much in the long run. I’m a bit of a sucker for Black IPAs but even I must admit that this is a slightly below average example of the style. Not very good, but I’m not gonna complain too much about this beer because I’m a gentlemen. I must be, with all the time I spend at the gentlemen clubs.
Earlier Rating: 9/1/2010 Total Score: 3.7
In short: A fruity dark IPA. Very good beer.
How: Tap at Vermont Brewer’s Festival 2010
The look: Near black body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is very hoppy (floral/leafy) with roasted malts not too apparent. The aroma is exactly like a regular IPA. In mouth the roasted malts bring very light notes of chocolate, coffee and burnt toasts. What the roasted malts bring is mostly dark fruits. The leafy bitterness is assertive without being aggressive. I loved that beer. This is the best brew I’ve had from Otter Creek. This brewery has beer around for a long time so it’s about time they start making good beer. I mean, what’s the point of spending your weeks working in a brewery if you don’t at least try to achieve something great? That’s what I was pondering sitting in my cubicle making unnecessary changes to useless documents.

Sammy (12622) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
Cask at Rattle ’N’ Hum. Medium mouthfeel. Hoppy dark cascadian hop. Good drinkability. A little chocolate and roast. Dark coloured body.

MattShizzle (617) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Very dark - opaque. Aroma is both roasty and hoppy. Flavor is very hoppy with some roastiness and slightly smoky. Really good and a great representative for this new style.

thebrood1987 (22) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2011
You can smell the roasted malts reminiscent of a porter or stout but with citrus and some pine undertones from the hops. Taste is even better with that roasted chocolate almost coffee like malt with the leafy earthy hops coming together. It ends with the citrus and slightly piney bittering hops that mixes in so well with the malts. Very well crafted beer.

tgncc (3140) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2011
The aroma is roasty, pine, musty, earthy. The appearance is jet black, tan head. The flavor is roast, earthy, musty, like a dry hopped beer, caramel. The finish is earthy hops. The body id medium. Not bad. Good beer for the price.

Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
This poured a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was very vibrant citrusy hops on top of dark roasted malts. Flavor was much the same, they really found a nice balance between the bitterness of the hops and the roasted malts. Great BIPA.

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