Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by freewheelinbob:
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Very dark brown, not quite black with ruby edges. Average head with sufficient retention and lacing.
Strong floral hop smells initially give way to a roast-ier malt smell as it warms. Chocolate really comes through.
The hops and the standard flavor of black beers are very well balanced. I also notice a slight woody flavor, and the bitter finish is very IPA-ish. As with the smell, the roasted malts are stronger as the beer warms.
It is a bit too fizzy on the tongue, to the point where some of the initial flavors are covered up. Does settle down as it warms a bit.
Overall, I'm not that well versed on Black Ales, even less so with Black IPAs. From what I have had, though, this seems to be a very accessible representation of the style, which I have come to expect from Alaskan Brewing. As an early-spring seasonal, when its still really winter, I enjoy this beer as it approaches a porter but gives me some of the floral hops to remind me that spring is coming. A little tacky, sure, but I would buy this again.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2012 06:34:01 | More by freewheelinbob
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