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Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Black IPAAlaskan Black IPA

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of DJ-22
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy brought me a "care package" from Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago, and this Black IPA was included.

Wasn't expecting much, from the bottle and pour, but I was pleasantly surprised after the first sip.

Appearance is dark and opaque... Mahogany where the light catches at the bottom of the glass. The slight head dissolves quickly (This differs in my account, from what others have described) leaving a slight lacing on the glass. Reoccurring head with every drink, dissipating quickly into a slight ring around the perimeter.

Smell is typical of a good IPA. Sweet with a hint of unidentifiable spice.

Tastes of Chocolate. Sweet, hoppy, and malty. Roasted Malt. Slight coffee?

Mouth-feel is moderately carbonated. A little prickly, but easy to drink. Finishes very clean, similar to a brown ale/IPA.

Overall, I am quite happy. Wish I could find this one here in MI. Definitely a beer that I would have no problem spending the money on. Quite happily surprised. Would recommend.

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of woemad
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.49. Best by date of “060612.”

Poured a dark brown color that took on a very dark amber color when held up to light. Big, creamy, rocky tan head that took it’s time dropping.

Very roasty in the nose. It smells like the roast malt is equal to the hops.

Very roasty in the taste as well, though there is an obvious robust hop presence as well. Tastes like a stout, or even an overly hoppy porter. Dry and slightly acidic at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a coating, velvety mouthfeel.

I had this once on tap, and found it very stout-like. Now that I have formally reviewed a bottle of it, I still agree with that assessment. This is a very tasty beer if you like stouts, porters, or beers with hops and lots of roasted dark malts. I would happily drink this again, especially at this price.

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of TheGovernator
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - beautiful black body with golden/brown highlights under 2 fingers of light tan head

S - rich malt, toasted bread, dark fruit, earthy hops, coffee, pine, caramel sweetness

T - malty, bready, fruity, nice blend of bitterness from the hops and the roast malts, enough caramel sweetness from the malt to keep it interesting, dry earthy finish

M - full-body, above average carbonation, smooth and creamy, somewhat astringent

O - This is a very good dark ale. The appearance is stunning, the smell inviting, the taste delightful and well-balanced, and the mouthfeel smooth and pleasant despite having more of a bite than I would like.

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of beerrooster
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of SargeC
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Tgruenke
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, ruby with a thin tan creamy head.

S - Light aroma. Coffee, chocolate, pine and citrus.

T - Light roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, pine and citrus hops.

M - Light body and creamy. Dry lingering finish.

D - Solid and easy drinking black ipa. Nice balance of roast and hops.

Photo of jcjerabek
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of clb
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Served at a good temperature with a nice sized, light tan, foamy, frothy head that settled slowly and loads of lace. Color is a very dark, clear mahoganey. Aroma is malt, roast, hop. Flavor is surpisingly mild yet fairly good balance and similar to nose with the usual hop, malt, tart characteristics standing out - in context with the body, which is full and has slight high points from the acid/bitter rounded peaks. Finish is like flavor, of average length and is easy drinking.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Satan70
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of tbern007
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of savagepm
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of tln13
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.