Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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(Beer added by: pdoran10 on 12-31-2011)
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big fluffy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, a little chocolate and dark fruit, and piney floral hops.

The flavor is roasted, slightly acidic, malts and sweet dark fruit with some decent piney bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied and watery.

Overall, a decent Black IPA. Kind of reserved, but balanced.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with thick tan head and nice lacing.

Smell: Strong chocolate roasted aroma, with just a hint of citrus and pine.

Taste: Tastes like a bitter Porter, with chocolate and coffee mostly. There is a moderately high level of bitterness, but more from the roasted malt than the lightly pine-like and citrusy hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.

Overall: Not really sure this should be called a Black IPA or even a catch-all American Black Ale. This is really a Porter with higher bitterness and some mild American-style hops. I enjoy it, but a little misleading.

Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Nose: light roast hinting at espresso, dark malts, caramel
Brilliant deep dark brown, 1" off-white foam cap, medium persistence, light lace.
Palate: citrusy hops, light espresso, hint of dark caramel, citrus rind bitterness on the finish.
Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MattyG85
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a little bit of ruby red when held to light. Lots of rising bubbles and a good four fingers of light tan head with good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Tropical citrus hops up front with some hints of grapefuit and pineapple. Also some piney hops. Roasted malt aroma is here but kind of subtle compared to the hops. Light hints of chocolate and coffee along with the caramel.

Taste: A fairly strong taste of hops upfront with some citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and apricot along with some pine resin. Dark roasted malts come in towards the finish with some chocolate and coffee. Roasty flavors linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and oily with a moderately dry finish.

Overall: A good tasting IPA. Could of been a little stronger with the dark roasty elements, but whats there tastes good.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black beer, moderate thickness, small tan head on top of it. The aroma isn't massively hoppy, it is definitely the grassy type, reminiscient of a homebrew nugget black ale, but this did a poor job of getting rid of the roasty character, which didn't allow the hops to be all on the up and up as much as I'd like.

Taste, nice, good hop bitterness, a little less roast at this point. Missing the fruity hop character that makes the best black ales shine. This one leaned a little much on simple grassy bitterness. Sometimes the dehusked black malt just doesn't get enough of the acrid bitterness out of it, and as a result, covers up a little hop flavor. Because of that, this could just as much be called an American porter. Might not have the thickness you'd want, but in the more sesssionable porters, they tend to be weaker in mouthfeel, this is just fine for style.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Ashinpaugh
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into my Chimay chalice, this brew poured a deep cordovan brown with a light tan, finger width head. Decent retention. Fine lacing with good stick.

Smell - Hits on citrus and pine hop while lesser notes of roasted malt, specifically a subtle mocha character, does well to round out the aroma.

Taste - Hits on citrus and pine hoppiness upfront and throughout, while the roasted malt is subtle, but firm, peaking through mid-taste and into the finish, though never quite overtakes the dominant hop character. Finishes with a lingering orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Utterly smooth from start to finish. Glides down with ease. A touch on the creamy side.

Overall - A very underrated CDA from Alaskan here. Personally I'd like to see a bit more of the roasted character, but this is a fine example of the style, regardless. My only gripe is that this isn't a year-round release.

Photo of AndyH
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Karoth
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, green solo cup.

Looks much like your standard porter or black IPA. Really nice head.

Chocolate crunch bar and chocolate malt dusted with grapefruit and orange peel. Like the chocolate oranges I used to get in my stocking.

Same thing, gentle but bitter and very tasty. Chocolate working exceptionally well with citrus.

Creamy texture, much like a porter. Medium-high carbonation.

Somehow I'm second to strike on reviews of this very good black IPA. It's simple and creamy and satisfying.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured almost a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is citrus with a note of roasted malt.
It has a solid flavor profile: lemon, grapefruit and slight roasted malt.
It has a crisp texture, a bit high on the carbonation.
A worthy and flavorful BIPA.

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of uhcougar
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head that dissipated somewhat

dark color, like a stout.

Smell and taste are more IPA, more bitter and piney than anything roasted. I guess I would like a bit more in the roasted dept, but it is good.

Nice carbonation and mouthfeel not really thick or thin.

Nice IPA for the "winter" in TX

I would buy this again, especially since they are $6.99 a sixer. I usually buy just TX stuff, but there aren't really black IPAs available in bottles/cans at this time. Bottle was dated good until late April.

Photo of eliz108
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.