Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
pours out of the 12 oz. twist off stubby bottle a very dark ruby colour, with a frothy and thick tan head. the froth sticks and stays, and also leaves some very nice looking lace. very hoppy aroma, striking a balance between pine and citrus, with a definite dark malt tone. smells very nice. really like the dark roasted malts in this one on the tongue...maybe black patent? no astringency, little charred malt bitterness and very little chalkiness. the maltiness is straightforward and the impending hop profile is just enough to provide a depth of flavour to balance. some citrus, some spruce, and just enough to balance and compliment the overall profile. and the back end bitterness is about perfect too. just enough to satisfy without being over the top or blistering. the overall body is medium in girth, with an easy going, slightly lively mouthfeel. very nice drinkability. a very approachable black IPA.
overall...those wanting something big, bodacious and obnoxious will be disappointed. what we have here is a sublimely balanced and delicately layered version of this hard to define style. i've had a hard time with this style, but i find this offering as something i wish i could have sampled earlier, because it's seemingly a solid base model for others to build and expand on. definitley recommended.
03-23-2012 23:19:30 | More by budgood1
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Very dark brown. A little light gets through giving a reddish brown glow. One and a half finger light tan head with good retention and lacing.
S: Floral and citrus hops. Dark malts, faint chocolate, very faint roast. Overall a light aroma.
T: Light chocolate and nuttiness upfront. Floral hops, faint bitterness. Finishes with a touch of citrus hops.
M: Medium light body. Medium carbonation. Slightly creamy. Faintly dry.
O: It's a decent beer. Black IPA's, IMO, are hard to pull off. This sort of works. Easy drinking.
03-22-2012 02:20:57 | More by doughanson78
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
First of all, thanks for the bottle Ann.
Poured this out into a CBS snifter, served chilled.
A) Looks black coming out, but held to light, more of deep brown. There was a nice finger of khaki colored coffee house froth. The head settled to a dusting. Decent amount of lacing.
S) Darker malt and coffee roast, light citrus, pine and grass.
T) I don't think the flavor was weak, but something seemed to be lacking. It was at least refreshing. There is some hop bitterness, grassy/piney, citrus zest, I thought a little lime. This could have been just a tad sweeter, not sure about the balance. The finish is bitter with a burnt coffee flavor, maybe a little smoke.
M) Fairly light, with a good amount of carbonation. This one feels lively, not what I would call smooth, but easy enough to knock back. The aftertaste lingers a little to long for my liking.
O) Decent black IPA. Glad I got the chance to try it, but probably won't revisit. NG Black Top has perhaps spoiled me a bit.
03-14-2012 02:50:59 | More by RoamingGnome
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
Pours a deep coffee hue with bits of burgundy. Finger of mocha head and very average lacing. On the nose I get some nuts, subtle chocolate, toasted grains, hops are pretty understated. The hops take on a stronger character on the tongue but lack direction - they fade into abstract bitterness before taking on much shape. The dark malts are nice though. I could be fooled into thinking that there’s a bit of coffee in this one. A decent brew.
03-13-2012 03:04:13 | More by yamar68
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
Poured cola brown with a nice cap of tan foam that laced up decently. Smell is pleasantly roasty, citric and a bit of pine resin. Taste is acerbic bitterness in a background of roasted malt. Once the initial hit of hop fades, the malt portion of the brew is quite nice and roasty with hints of coffee however the hop profile is a little discordant, especially on the first few sips. Mouthfeel is decently slick, medium bodied. The pith bitterness shows up again during the finish. Overall this one improves marginally About half way through the glass once the buds get accustomed ie desensitized to the hop profile.
03-12-2012 03:07:54 | More by JackieTH
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
03-10-2012 23:16:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
Reviewed from notes.
A. That same nigh black color as a stout will have, a receding collar of tan colored foam for a head with decent retention but minimal lacing properties.
S. Citric hopping on top of a roasted malt with some dark chocolate aroma.
T. Like black coffee with bits of citrus peel soaking in it. Sweetens up somewhat when allowed to warm up towards room temp, but at that point it feels out of balance with not enough hopping. So I'd drink this one colder if I ever revisited it.
M. Medium body and carbonation. Could stand a slight nudge upwards in carbonation levels.
I've had better Black IPAs with more complexity of flavor than this, but than again I've also had Black IPAs that were much worse than this. YMMV, as always.
03-10-2012 05:48:17 | More by WastingFreetime
2.9/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
03-03-2012 02:15:15 | More by Efeswasmy1st
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Beer: Alaskan Black IPA
Serving Type: Bottle (12 oz) (poured into pint glass)
Appearance: Body is very dark brown/black in color with an almost tint of red. Also a thin layer of tan foam about the width of my pinky.
Smell: A nice blend of hops, caramel and sort of a roasted coffee/cocoa aroma. Very nice and not overwhelming.
Taste: The a hoppy/bitter flavor hits you immediately followed by a taste of a dark roasted coffee after a second or two. The after taste has a nice, light bitter bite to it.
Mouthfeel: Nice balance, nothing is too overwhelming to throw the taste off. Smooth and velvety feel on the tongue. The flavor hangs on your palette but in a good way.
Overall: The person who referred this particular beer to me hyped it a lot so I went into it with heightened expectations. I must say that it lived up to his praise and I have found a solid black IPA to add to my library. Definitely worth the shade under $10 price tag for a 6-pack we paid at a local speciality beer store.
02-29-2012 22:09:11 | More by THEFRANCH15E
Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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