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Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
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366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pdoran10 on 12-31-2011)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 5/10/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some pine and herbal hops. Taste is of the pine/herbal hops up front with the dark roasted malt flavor coming through on the finish. There is also a slight metallic flavor that comes out as the beer warms. There is a medium roasty and hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation but the body is somewhat thin. Overall, this is a pretty good black IPA but it smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

acurtis, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Texasfan549, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

kjkinsey, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown in color, nearly black, with a light tan head. Nose is a bit sweet with licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and very light hoppiness. There’s some caramel and molasses in there, maybe a bit of an earthy hop note. The flavor is quite sweet with lots of molasses and toffee. Decently roasty with a light hop bitterness on the finish as well as some chocolate. Not a huge fan of this kind of Black IPA.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep black color with a nice looking mocha colored head on top. The head had a decent retention to it as well as a light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had a really nice blend of roasted chocolate malt with piney hops on the nose. The taste was nicely balanced between the roasted notes as well as the hops that were used. The mouthfeel was a little thin but still kept me interested. Overall it's actually a pretty nice brew. I could see myself drinking it again.

Knapp85, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

emerge077, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Black IPA. 6.4% ABV.

Very dark. Not quite black. With crimson/brown highlights. Cocoa-tinged froth, lush and lacy.

Aroma: bright, grassy hops, chocolate malt.

Taste: deep, dark malt, bright hops, smooth and tasty. Medium-bodied, easy drinking. Grassy hops stay on top.

I like this. It's beer and you can drink it.

feloniousmonk, May 22, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

must be a newer one from these guys, only the tenth review... pours a nice brown ale/porter color with a 2 inch white head of tiny bubbles. smells less like an ipa and more like a black lager or something. tons of roast in the aroma, not as much hops as may beers in this genre. flavor too, plenty hoppy, but its not dominant. balanced by dark malt and a fairly light mouthfeel for the style. very approachable and drinkable, much more of a hoppy porter or something than a black ipa as i traditionally think of them as the hops just isnt the main focus for me. solid brew.

StonedTrippin, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of mactrail
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
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

MarkyMOD, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
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
Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high given the brewery, which I've grown increasingly fond of.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of khaki colour, nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the above average ABV. Colour is a dark black with hues of caramel. Opaque. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Mocha, roast, caramel, pleasant indistinct hopping, dark clean malts, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Dark malts with background roast and even a hint of mocha . Cream. Pleasant complementary hopping; the bitterness is tame and the floral character suits the balance impressively well. I like it. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Not particularly bold in flavour, but notable enough. Features some depth and impressive balancing, but comparatively little subtlety or complexity - though I wouldn't dare call it simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with nice cream and pleasant thickness. Near perfect carbonation. Some coarseness from the hops helps bring out the flavour.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but lacking the complexity and subtlety needed to make it truly of note. This Black IPA may get lost in the mix, but it's worth picking up if you're a fan of the style. A solid offering from Alaskan, but not their best. I'd definitely try this on draught, but I wouldn't buy it in bottled form again.

C+

kojevergas, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Zorro, Feb 09, 2013
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
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/4/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, char, light coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemon zest, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; solid strength and very pleasant. Taste of dark chocolate, char, light coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, floral, lemon zest, grass, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, char, citrus zest, floral, pine, and grass on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, sticky, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice black IPA. Nice complexity and good balance of hop/malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

wrightst, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Mebuzzard, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

dmorgan310, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always enjoy hitting the West Coast, since I almost always find something from Alaskan that I haven't tried yet. Very dark brown, but still clear with a deep ruby hue. A short cap of tan/brown bubbles capped the beer -- fair retention, quite sticky. This one's more roasty than hoppy, though there's some grassy character in the aroma. It smells kind of sweet though, a bit of cocoa and licorice. Same in the flavour, but with some pine mixing in with the licorice and sweetness. Bitterness was moderate -- a little less pronounced than I expected. Smooth, lowish carbonation, medium body, nice texture. It's quite drinkable, but maybe at the expense of blowing my socks off with "character". All kidding aside, it's an enjoyable beer.

DrJay, Mar 25, 2012
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Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.