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RATINGS: 293   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 18, 2014
Transfer from BA reviewed 1-15-12 - Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance Black. Very little light seeps through this brew. It forms a nice white head which dissipates slowly over time to leave just a slight amount of lacing. Smell Some roasted aromas initially meet the nose. Coffee and some roasted barley/malt. This is quickly followed by some more citrusy hops. Taste A wonderful nutty, coffee, and a bit of cocoa hit the tastebuds first. This is quickly subdued by some more sweet maltiness of sweetened chocolate. The hops then enter and take over. Citrus and a tiny bit of pine. A strange taste transition, but very pleasing. Mouthfeel A good level of body and a nice level of carbonation both good for the more stout like body as well as the IPA like nature of the beer. Overall - This is one good beer. The best of anything I have tried with Wolvers/otter creek and a beer that is excellent as a standard go to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Draft in Bar Harbor. Pours very dark with a light head. You also get some malt in the finish. A mild black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle, Aroma is light roast and piney floral hops. Taste is pretty mildly toasty and bitter, pretty tasty but nothing memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westkyoto77 (635) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 28, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola look, inviting citra hop nose. Slightly sticky palate. Flavours of citrus, roasted malt and light caramel. Little bit of smoke in the end. Flavoursome without being cloying. Not a bad drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (6664) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2014
Aroma is dark malts, citrus and light pine. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus, mild candy sugar, dark malts and a tart/mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2014
sepia with thin cream head. Ultra sweet nose, faintly oxidized and banana estery, hot with chocolate hints. Boozy flavor up front, moderate banana and chocolate malt mid, burnt through the chalky, grating, waxy ethanol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (5924) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a black body with a quick dissipating tan/off white less than a half finger head, lacing graces the pint glass with some rings around it with a bit of spottiness as it goes down. The smell had hops up front, coffee coming through fairly strong in a roasty sort of way, light smokiness coming through once it starts warming. The taste was bittersweet through the hops and coffee, some pine in the back of it, and balanced. The palate sits about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, balanced, dry and bitter aftertaste and finish. Overall, this is good for its style and great to me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
johnnnniee (4185) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle from The Lazy Dog Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights at the edges and a decent sized creamy beige head that persists for a good long time before sticking lots of lace to the sides. Aromas of roasted coffee with a hint of caramel and some light earth and citrus notes. The flavor follows the aroma to a T. Roast and light chocolate and caramel with a light earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost gritty mouthfeel. Virtually non existent hop aroma makes me want to call this a porter or dry stout. The flavor has some hop to it, but the beer in this bottle is either old or there arent enough hops in here to call this an IPA. MEH!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (4544) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
I usually love Black IPAs, but this might be the most disappointing one Ive had. Doesnt have the sharp bitterness youd expect and it has a strange aftertaste. Tried with Kevin at the Black Squirrel in 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (5556) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle. Tastes malty, nutty, and like light coffee bitterness. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like malty, nutty grains.

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