Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a cherry wood brown/ruby with very thick tan head, large bubbles in the foam, sticky lace that lasts.
Scent is pine, roasted malt, charcoal, molasses.
Taste is west coast hoppy, roasted malt, slight smoke.
Dry at first but then sweet and sticky.
Overall good but not sure how this fits into the profile of a black IPA. I do like it and would have it again.
04-16-2012 02:35:55 | More by tbern007
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.6/5 rDev -29.9%
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.
04-07-2012 07:20:18 | More by mothman
3.45/5 rDev -7%
12 oz. bottle purchased in Boise ID poured into tumbler 4.2.12.
One finger creamy light tan head, slow dissipation with significant lacing over dark brown with red highlights opaque body. Citrusy hops dominate nose, roast malt not very noticeable until the beer fully warmed. Taste features good dose of coffeeish roast, citrus hops with a bit of floral overtones, certainly more roast than hops. Smooth medium mouthfeel, creamy, decent effervescence. Not quite hoppy enough for me, but one of the smoother CDAs I've had, worth a try.
04-03-2012 03:38:12 | More by jdense
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
04-01-2012 06:46:59 | More by Docer
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
This is not a beer to drink with mozzarella cheese, salami, and sun dried tomatoes. What was I thinking? It is a beer to drink on a cool spring day, though. Isn't it funny how 40 degrees seems warmer in the spring than in the fall? Exactly why Alaskan's Black IPA is a perfect early spring beer. For me, it's a bit too powerful (read: hoppy) for hot summer days, which in Alaska means a scorching 70 degrees. Thank God we've got another two months or more before we hit that!
It's beautiful black pour and hoppy aroma says IPA. The crisp bitterness is complimented well by the dark malt's burnt English toffee flavor. While some may say the Black IPAs are gimmicky, I'll argue they're a refreshing and clever mix of flavors, distinctive and unique.
As for the Alaskan version of this IPA-and-dark-beer-lover's treat, it gets a B. Where it has two great distinct flavors that mix well together, it lacks complexity beyond that. It's deepest flavor disappears all too quickly, leaving nothing but the hops to rest on the tounge.
04-01-2012 05:09:37 | More by Brianmead
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
Looks very porter-ish with it’s black body and slightly red/brown edges. Small head formation and it settles out quickly.
Smells like an IPA. A big American IPA. Big citrus notes and little in the way of malt. Again I wonder what the purpose is of using de-bittered black malts.
Big flavor with bursts of bright, juicy hops. I’m immediately struck by the mouthfeel; it’s substantial and has a pleasant texture. Mostly bright citrus hops but in the finish comes a more pine/earthy drying bitterness to add another layer of complexity. Also in the finish is some of that dark malt, just giving a hint of some roasting on the malt. Fairly well balanced with malts, with a pleasing and somewhat light finish, helping the drinkability.
I’ve had a few black IPAs now, and I’m still convinced they’re a gimmick style. Alaskan Black IPA is a nice IPA that just happens to be black instead of yellow/orange. I’m not knocking the beer (it’s good), just the “style.”
03-30-2012 17:15:56 | More by JEdmund
4.53/5 rDev +22.1%
For my stop at the Hopkins Tavern, the Alaskan Black IPA was the best surprise of the stop.
The bartender poured the draft a bit hard, so the head was a frothy dark tan. Mouthfeel on first sip is somewhere between creamy and silky--full bodied and satisfying. Good lace on the glass, so a nice serving job by the tavern. Clean roasted malt in the nose, but not burnt or acrid--like standing back a bit from a hardwood campfire. Earthy and floral hop in the nose--some grapefruit in the background. Roast is just as pleasant in the taste and there's a very respectable hop bite with a slight fruity tint (from hop?). Dry finish leaves me wanting more. Excellent Black IPA that I need to do again, but haven't in the intervening two months it took for me to post the write up.
Took me a while to find the description on the Alaskan website under spring release (that I drank in January). Alaskan emphasizes the high hops and citrus, though my draft was understated compared to the touting. However, my experience was significantly better than the reviews on BeerAdvocate. While there are those who reflect my high praise, we are in the minority. Maybe I need to try it again to confirm or deny my first draft.
03-30-2012 01:03:42 | More by FightingEntropy
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
A: Pitch black with an off-white, bubbly, frothy head that fades quickly into a bit of lace and no retention.
S: Watered down, roasted malt. A bit of smoke.
T: Smoky, earthy, peaty, with a bit of roasted malt in the finish. The flavor is weak. There was better hop presence in the first five bottles of the six pack. I'm hoping the glass I used didn't taint this one.
M: Has a lingering lactose sugar taste. Easy to drink. A good, middle-of-the-pack Black IPA.
O: I remember it being much better out of the bottle. I pulled the glass straight out of the dishwasher, which is a rookie move, so I'm thinking that affected the taste. This is a good beer, just not good enough to buy another six pack to prove my theory incorrect. I'd try it again on draft, though.
03-26-2012 07:29:47 | More by Gatch
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
03-25-2012 02:39:50 | More by DrJay
Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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