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Alaskan Double Black IPA (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Double Black IPA (Pilot Series)Alaskan Double Black IPA (Pilot Series)

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52 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 26
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The aroma of Alaskan Double Black IPA consists of fresh, citrus notes from Northwest hops and the heavy, dry bouquet of roasted grains. Brewed with an array of dark malts, Alaskan Double Black IPA features the distinctive flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate with a subtle toasted sweetness. Large hop additions late in the boil, and dry-hopping after fermentation, lighten and refresh the overall perception and flavor of the beer. It finishes with a dry palate and lingering warmth and bitterness.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-18-2010)
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Reviews by crvcac:
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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the san Diego festival of beer.

Appearance: dark black with nice foamy head. Can't comment on retention as it was from a sampler

Smell: very misleading. Picked up notes of roasted coffee infused with hints of hops and other grassy esters.

Taste: nice, stern hop bite. Great combination of toasted malt flavors and a slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel: not too harsh for. Double ipa. Alcohol nicely masked amongst the ingredients

Drinkability: would def have again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2010 20:37:58 | More by crvcac
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, dark ruby red with a thin, attractive dark brown head. Aroma of smoky malt and hops. Medium bodied. Dark and smoky malt and dark fruit start merging into hoppy middle and finish with the dark malts staying present. Very different and tasty.

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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan Double Black IPA pours an opaque creamy black with an inviting tan head that sticks around and to the glass with decent lacing throughout. Rich and malty aromas are intertwined with hints of coffee, caramel, dark fruits and hops. The caramel and chocolate notes are again front and center in the first few sips, and the coffee flavors develop in the middle as the ale warms. Hops balance this dark brew very nicely, while the finish is excellent with a great creamy finish. Hopefully the new Spring Seasonal Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Company shares a lot of these same traits.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 22:39:22 | More by phishsihq
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5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour, Color, & Aroma:
The Alaskan Brewing Company has always been one of my favorites. I remember my Dad tended to have their beers in our refrigerator at all times. I also recall my first sip of the Alaskan Smoked Porter. Talk about a memorable beer. Getting my hands on their Double Black IPA proved to be much more difficult than I thought; however, a friend pulled through for me and manged to get one in my hands.

True to style, the beer poured a very nice black color with an inviting tan colored head. The retention was long lasting and was very smooth and velvety.

The beer had some serious malts on the forefront of the aroma. I got an excellent roasted chocolate, caramel and molasses. A plum sweetness was barely identifiable with some other dark fruits closely followed by a light banana aroma. On top of all this was a strong zesty citrus and a slight pine that made its presence known. I am already intrigued by this beer.

Oh my goodness. Alaskan Brewing nailed this style of beer. My initial thought that came to mind was again of the malts. A caramel sweetness, rich and creamy chocolate malts, and definitely a sweetness of which I attributed to the dark fruits. There was also something about the taste reminding me of a sushi joint perhaps ginger?

Furthering the taste was a not too aggressive astringent bitterness that leveled out the sweetness. The hops added balanced grapefruit zest and a citrus tang. I can not get enough!!

Finish & Body:
The finish was one of the best I have ever had in any beer. There was a pleasant marshmallow creaminess that lingered on my palate. The finish also had a slight bitterness that did not intrude on the creaminess but one that was complimented in a beautiful way.

I would consider this to be a pretty full-bodied beer. The mouth feel was significant but not overwhelming. One thing I realized towards the end was that I hardly noticed the alcohol level. At 8.5% I thought it would be much more apparent.

Final Thoughts:
I may have found my new favorite beer. After drinking the brew, I wanted to have another one as well as call all my friends to let them know not to pass it up if they have the chance to drink this. Alaskan Brewing did a superb job representing one of the fastest growing styles of beer. My only disappointment is that I can't have another. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:45:03 | More by beerguru14
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with 2-fingers of rich, mocha head. Thick sheets of lace all around the glass. Still a 1/2 finger of head left with the last sip.

Nice crisp mix of chocolate malt and citrus hops. More chocolate than citrus. Light flowery hints, too.

Chocolate and citrus again mix well, especially in the finish. Getting dark roast coffee too in the follow on. After a few sips, coffee come out at the beginning. Light sweet chocolate in the middle. Bright mix of hops, coffee, and chocolate define the end. Nice bitter finish.

Feel is a little too light matched up against the robust flavors.

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Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 01:38:00 | More by beer2day
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3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Deep brown with a smaller tan head. Good Retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Hops and brown sugars.

T - Piney hops up front, followed by sweet roasted malts.

D - A touch thick in the mouth for an IPA. A slight bitter bite as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:39:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 3/25/11

Stamped A020911

Mid-range cola brown that exhibits deep hues in the glass with dark ruby and grape juice highlights. One finger head reduces to a thin, smooth layer of retention (second pour had three fingers). Lacing starts off as solid swaths that dry and become webbed grids and, even later, specs.

To some degree the aroma reminds me of a hoppy porter. Roast offers a tangy notion that's blended with earthy hops and hints of nuts. Sugars are present but it smell far from sweet. Molasses, unsweetened cocoa, caramel. Wisps of smoke, especially as it warms. Lightly floral. I picked out a stray, dulled citric hint once. It seems to have something of a cola vibe, actually.

While alcohol heat was mostly absent in the aroma, one sip finds Double Black IPA to be a warming critter. The aroma also seemed tame and this beer tastes anything but. Lots of roasted malts and a touch of smoke. Bittersweet chocolate is ramped up and is most prominent through mid-sip. Some dry, roasted coffee creeps in toward the finish. Moderate bitterness throughout. Some pine and remnants of citric zest on the peripheries.

The feel leaves me torn. On one hand it's a smooth, reasonably viscous, full bodied beer. Carbonation however, is far too high. The first sip was nearly painful with sharp, scathing carbonation. The up side is that the carbonation dissipates over time and of its own accord; I didn't have to swirl much away. Undercurrents of grit. After it opens up it is far more enjoyable. Finishes roasty with coffee and some residual bitterness.

Aside from the carbonation and the nose being on the weak side, I've found this beer quite enjoyable. Definitely one to let warm up, too. Not at all a CDA but a solid beer regardless. Worthwhile to give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 19:17:42 | More by Ryan011235
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3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bomber poured into a snifter, dark brown black coloring, full fingers worth of tan head that fades slow leaving nice trailing and bubbly and wispy lace.

s- i'm getting some major alcohol esters in the nose, it's definitely off putting. bone dry malts, very little hops.. this is no good.

t- thankfully better than the nose. roasted malt front - bitter chocolate, coffee beans, some smoke, those dark flavors linger long in the finish as well, but give way to some mayor hopping, citrus and strongly bittered that linger long. this is some mild sweetness mid sip that is a welcome touch.

m- medium to full bodied, slick, coating.

d- this is a solid black ipa, glad for the chance to try this, all except for the nose. it's ok but nothing i would go out of my way to seek out again, that said it's no drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:19:30 | More by thecarster1
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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back at Hopfest at Brouwer's Cafe. Solid, dark and black looking dipa, slight ring of head to it, good clinging lace. Aroma was not huge in terms of hops.

Taste, lots of bitterness, but not a lot of hop mouthfeel. Hid the alcohol decently, came across more like it looked, like a hoppy porter or stout moreso than a dipa. The only things reminiscient of dipa territory would be the caramel malt flavor and the high bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 21:09:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 bomber to a pint glass. A couple months old, but not sure how it affected the taste. Hops flavors were still good and fairly sophisticated.

Appearance: Ruby brown with thick brown/beige head.

Smell: Chocolate and figs, with subtle hops and alcohol.

Flavor: Bitter hops and dark chocolate. Spicy and malty beginning with a bitter chocolate finish. Hops begin to develop as I continue to drink, turning into a very good, thick IPA. Dark malts replace the abundant hops of a classic DIPA, making this more of a hoppy porter.

MF: Smooth and creamy, not coating, and easily drinkable because it is so good! Next time I get one, I'll drink it immediately.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 20:40:05 | More by ebrauser
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Alaskan Double Black IPA (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.