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Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Black IPAAlaskan Black IPA

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pdoran10 on 12-31-2011)
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

hophopandaway14, Jul 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Smurf2055, Jul 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

deadliest, Nov 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

SFACRKnight, Feb 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Mrpickles, Feb 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

pandatron, Apr 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

claytong, Jan 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

terence, Feb 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

assman79, Jan 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Satan70, Apr 17, 2012
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2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly opaque black with 1/4 inch of tan head that had no retention or lacing. The aroma had solid roast notes upfront, some malt backing that up and subtle hopping in the far background.

The taste was definitely malt dominant, with the roast feature placing second and some barely noticeable hops in the background. The body was fairly typical for the style, in the medium range, and had the roast lingering on the finish.

Drinkability was OK, but the lack of outstanding features makes me wonder why you'd want more than one. Overall, a below average example of what I generally find to a bastard of a style. If you like Cascadia Dark Ales, you'll probably be OK with this beer. Even if the lack of bold hop presence makes me wonder where the "IPA" is in this Black IPA.

beertunes, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mothman
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

3rd time reviewing this beer tonight.

Beige head. Sticky lace. Color is dark brown.

Aroma: Chocolate and caramel. Sticky hop resin hop profile. Floral and grassy hops. Orange and grapefruit citrus.

Taste: Follows nose, but more hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and bitter. Roasty. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a decent beer, but not for me. Too much malts and hops going on at the same time.

mothman, Apr 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

chippo33, Apr 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Jave, Mar 01, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -22%
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

Frankcost, Jan 13, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle, dark brown with 1/4" tan head that mostly stayed with.

Aroma is faint with some coffee and spruce.

Taste --Some coffee initially that is overtaken by the bitterness of the hops

Mouthfeel-- Bitterness stays with you, too long for my taste.

Efeswasmy1st, Mar 03, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep brown with a moderate dark tan head. Good climbing lace.

S: Charcoal and roast, but fairly AC, a light smell.

T: Roasted malt, some dark chocolate, still a lot of greeness/mossy. Has some good flavour components, but they don't coalesce that well. It's OK.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, some biting carbonation at the end. Medium aftertaste.

O: A well intentioned effort, but it's just middle of the road at best. At least it wasn't a new Black IPA that was priced through the roof which was refreshing.

Halcyondays, Jan 21, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz single from Roth’s Vista Market. S.Salem. $1.75 Mahogany coloured beer with a small wispy tan head.Degenerates into lace within seconds. Almost no aroma..what there is is dusty chocolate malts vestiges of herbal hop Taste is also very weak..like a watered down porter..again just vestiges of any sort of hop. I guess its OK on the palate..just weak Overall one of the WORST CDAs i have had..come on Alaskan you can do much much better!!

Reidrover, Feb 08, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a golden hint. Pleasant carbonation in the mouth. Smell is not as hoppy as one would hope. Slight herbaceous nose, but musty. Maybe this stuff is a little old. Hops seem plentiful but lack in the aromatics. I don't get much pleasure out of the bitterness. Malt seems scorched and anemic. Still, it's quite beery and fills the mouth nicely.

Light bodied. Seems like a lighter version of the over-hopped Schwartzbier that has become the must-brew recipe for everyone. They should have stuck to the spruce buds.

From the 12 oz twist-cap bottle.

mactrail, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Sargully, Mar 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

mcdsports, Jan 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

tbone64, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

GarretD, Mar 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

blackcloud, Jan 03, 2013
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Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.