Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by brewerburgundy:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 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 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 MattyG85
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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 TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Fatehunter
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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 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 CooperEllis
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from azdback, into tulip/pint hybrid

Dark, near black, a lot of head. Wasn't an aggressive head, and damn cold, but had to leave an ounce in the bottle. Still, it's nice like that with a big hop burst in the aroma to match.

The flavor is solidly hop-forward, but its a bit one note with the malt spine cutting out any subtly in the hops flavors. The spine itself is light, roast, no burnt/bitterness which allows the hops bitterness to flourish throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel is ok, high carb, drinks more IPA that anything else.Fits the initial taste.

Solid. This is a style I like a lot but one of my friends makes a homebrew that still holds the top spot in the style to my mind.


Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny brown as it's poured from the bottle, black in the glass with a tight cap of creamy tan foam. Coating lace around the edges, visually it's great to look at.

Interesting aromatic blend of pine, licorice, cocoa sweetness, and coffee roast. Woody, earthy character emerges at warmer temps.

Herbal pine and spruce greenery mesh into soft, mellow roastiness of dark unsweetened chocolate and dark roast coffee. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Lingering resinous hop bitterness that keeps interest nicely. A Black IPA i'd buy again, which is a fairly rare thing.

Photo of Docer
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- Nice couple fingers of light mocha-tan head that settle over the beer with a thing layer forming a large island covering most of the brew, and lace about the glass where the head made its mark. Overall the way it should look.

Smell: (3.5)

- Light sweet grainy aroma. I want a CDA to smell like this. Mild cocoa, biscuit, grassy bitter hop, and subdued flavor. It's mild, and good. Smells well balanced and drinkable. Just simple and well put together.

Taste: (4.5)

- A rather light flavor anyway. Biscuit, husky grain, light cocoa, some light esters, grassy hop, and some herbal hop. It is very well balanced, and every flavor seems to be trying to hide itself behind the other. I love the balance in flavor.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- This is where this beer suffers a bit I think. It is rather heavy bodied and thick for such a low abv beer. It's chewy (which isn't a bad thing), but yet thick and viscous. I get a thick chalky feel in it which makes it a little difficult to drink. It's a tad drying from its nice bitterness.

Overall: (3.5)

- A solid CDA/Black IPA. I think the taste is great, and even the look... but there is just something a little too thick about it that makes it hard to drink. I would love to be able to guzzle a few pints of a good CDA on occasion, but with this puppy, I may switch to another light drinker.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a tan head that leaves large chunks of lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee notes and some grassy hops.

Tastes of the hops upfront melded with the roasted malts. Hops lead off with pine, herbal, and tea leaf notes. Roasted notes then come through with bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Light on sweetness with a moderate bitterness. I do also pick up a slight alcohol note as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth feel, but the small amount of carbonation that makes it feel watery.

Overall, this is a solid attempt at a black ale. The flavors are all there, but could maybe cleaned up a little.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours with a good dark brown head... nice lacing... the brew is clear, but is still very dark brown only showing hints of garnet at the stem end of my wine glass.

Aromas are well rounded.. good blend of roasty malts and citrus hops.. dark cocoa comes with some warmth...

Flavor is nice... cocoa and slight roast maltiness with no real astringency... citrus is a bit light, but it helps the overall brew... this is well balanced and well done... a slight sweetness adds to the overall brew adding to the body and helps bring out the hop and malt flavors.

All 4's

Photo of jegross2
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Company.
Score: 86

10 oz tap pour served in a Anderson Valley Boonville snifter glass (which looks a lot like the Surly Darkness snifter I ever so much love) at the Brickhouse BBQ in Madison.

Appearance: Pitch black color with a layer of brown highlights atop the glass and faint ruby highlights in the middle. Served with a finger of foamy tan head that settles entirely. Average oily lacing. 4/5

Smell: Citrus hops and sticky caramel blended with roasted coffee and cocoa. Hints of unsweetened dark fruit. 3.5/5

Taste: Earthy hops, nondescript citrus and bitter dark roast coffee. A little charcoal and mellow brown sugar. Dry roasted creamy cocoa/chocolate flavors, akin to what you would expect in a milk stout or an Irish dry stout, peeks its head out as the beer warms. There is a light roastiness to this brew. Finish is a bitter and citrusy coffee flavor with a moderate linger. Becomes more milk stout-like mixed, with citrus, as it warms. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-minus carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a drying effect and slightly bitter finish. 4.5/5

Overall: A very solid tasting black IPA. I have not had very many beers within this relatively "new" style, but black ales are a hybrid style of beer that I am finding myself quite fond of given my love for stouts and IPA's.

Recommendation: If you like creamy Irish-style stouts and IPA's, or if you were a fan of the Black Sun Stout from Three Floyds, then this is a brew for you.

Pairings: Fudgy peanut butter brownies.

Cost: $6.00 for a 10 oz pour.

Photo of yamar68
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep coffee hue with bits of burgundy. Finger of mocha head and very average lacing. On the nose I get some nuts, subtle chocolate, toasted grains, hops are pretty understated. The hops take on a stronger character on the tongue but lack direction - they fade into abstract bitterness before taking on much shape. The dark malts are nice though. I could be fooled into thinking that there’s a bit of coffee in this one. A decent brew.

Photo of Frankcost
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single bottle from Top Ten Wine & Spirits poured into a stone pint glass

A- black can't see thru it, with a mocha colored head that dissipates real quick

S- right away piny hops citrus and a little coffee aromas

T- piny citrusy hops lemon zestyness pretty mild bitterness finish with some milk chocolate

M- medium bodied some creaminess

O- good beer but not my favorite style of beer love the Alaskan brewery but there our others I would prefer If I had to drink a bipa

Photo of bjohn84
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with a slight cola red tint, 1-2 fingers of creamy tan head

S - dark Roasted malts with hints of coffee, a small bit of resiny sweet citrus

T - Bittering hops hit immediately up front and linger through to the back end. Dark roasted coffee. not much citrus comes through, but pine is prevalent as well

M - Medium bodied with a slight stickiness.

O - Great Black IPA. Def on the high end of bitterness.. could maybe use a bit more flavor to go with it though

Photo of hopwave
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer of this the other day... pours a cola dark brown colour with a big three finger head... nice little hoppy aroma with mixed with malty roast. has almost a rootbeer/bubblegum taste to it.. slight roasty balance at the end. overall a nice black ipa I will be sure too try more of this style in the future.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark mahogany color with a billowing cap of tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

Hops on this one are easily identifiable as citric, maybe a little tropical too. Malts show some char and roast.

Taste is big on the hop flavor and surprisingly low on bitterness, for me sometimes the roasty char and hop bitterness can be a bit much, but this one has a nice mellow bitterness. The malts actually have a touch of chocolate that is nice. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but it seems to work in the beer's favor for some reason. This Black IPA might be more simplistic than many of the style, but I find it to be quite enjoyable and manages something rarely accomplished for those of the Cascadian's refreshing! Id buy this again, yizeah.

Photo of blakelive784
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep, dark shade of amber brown, with a creamy tan head of 2 fingers. Retention is good, and the head leaves nice lacing on the glass as it recedes.

S - Woody, earthy and grassy hops over a toasted/roasted malt foundation. The roast is light on the nose, and the entire aroma feels a bit restrained.

T - Cream, semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt are countered nicely by resinous/woody hops notes. The hops used perfectly suit the beer as a whole, as they aren't citric/fruity at all. It's not extraordinarily complex, but I guess it doesn't need to be. I appreciate the deviation.

M - Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Suits the roasted/chocolate flavors well.

D - It's definitely an inspired beer, melding two styles. It suffers a bit from simplicity, but it's high quality and highly drinkable.

Photo of texasnomad
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Looks like a dark brown ale. Thin head quickly disappeared. Lively, but quick vanishing lacing.

S: Basic hop aroma (Cascade? Chinook?) with slight mineral notes. Not much roastiness.

T: Taste follows the nose with nice hop bitterness that lingers at the finish. A slight maltiness adds some dimensionality.

M: Light to medium body and carbonation.

O: A decent beer, but would like a little roasted barley presence. For those that like a good hop character but have grown bored with obnoxiously hopped beers ("oh wow how original") might give this one a shake.

Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown beer with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is herbal and hoppy with a strong carrot aroma. Strong patent malt with a strong piney hop aroma. Little bit of toasted grain aroma.

Starts out sweet and bitter with woody after taste. Strong pine hop flavor with the charred taste of patent malt, the two flavors meld and give this the taste of a bitter carrot.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK Black IPA.

Photo of hoser
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of gift six pack from Presario and a recent trip to Montana. Much like their regular IPA is not a assertive beer but like all Alaskan products is well made. Doesn't taste that much different than a stout and a little disappointing but easily could revisit this.

Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle BB 040512

A- pours dark mahogany/black color with some garnet highlights a fresh tan head with good lacing on glass

S- roasted malts and bread with citrus hops

T-roasted malts with some semi-sweet chocolate,a dose of citrus hops

M- was creamy smooth on the front a little watery in the middle ,but with a certain bitterness on the end

O- a good black ipa that was more bitter than robust for the style , recommended though

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Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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