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Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Black IPAAlaskan Black IPA

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
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 shelby415


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-27-2012 06:35:59 | More by shelby415
Photo of kiki3drt292


4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-27-2012 01:04:10 | More by kiki3drt292
Photo of Beaver13


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big fluffy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, a little chocolate and dark fruit, and piney floral hops.

The flavor is roasted, slightly acidic, malts and sweet dark fruit with some decent piney bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied and watery.

Overall, a decent Black IPA. Kind of reserved, but balanced.

02-25-2012 02:59:29 | More by Beaver13
Photo of hoser

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

Part of gift six pack from Presario and a recent trip to Montana. Much like their regular IPA is not a assertive beer but like all Alaskan products is well made. Doesn't taste that much different than a stout and a little disappointing but easily could revisit this.

02-22-2012 03:51:29 | More by hoser
Photo of elshaggy


4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-22-2012 02:20:24 | More by elshaggy
Photo of GreenCard


4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Appearance: dark ruby-brown to black, good clarity, thin layer of tan foam

Aroma: piney hops with a caramelly, roasty undertone

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a roasty edge followed by a pine-citrus hop flavor; bitterness is smooth through the dry finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, silky texture

Other comments: This is a beautiful Black IPA (or as I prefer to call them, Cascadian Dark Ale). Could drink a lot of these.

02-21-2012 23:14:30 | More by GreenCard
Photo of SFACRKnight


2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

02-21-2012 20:04:26 | More by SFACRKnight
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North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-20-2012 20:54:42 | More by dizztracted
Photo of efb123


4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-19-2012 22:01:16 | More by efb123
Photo of Mike22


4.63/5  rDev +24.8%

The Dark color is almost midnight black just makes it look like a nice stout or porter with a surprise.

The Smell is of roasted coffee at least subdued.

The taste is what I truly enjoyed. It was a great blend of Coffee Notes with Chocolate and light bitter notes. The malts were just right without being too syrupy or too sweet. Just a great tasting beer.

Nice Velvet and hop combo mouth feel

Just a good first experience with a beer I have never had. It did not have any metallic or harsh notes that I was concerned about.

02-19-2012 03:32:11 | More by Mike22
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

I bought the sixer that Freddy's had but it turned out there was only 4 of these black ipa's in there. In pouring the CDA in the glass it was pitch black with a nice 2-3 finger head. The smell was citrusy and it had a solid bitterness to mouth. The Alpha's left on tongue lingered for a while. Not a bad example of the style and it has been a few months since I had one. Usually this is a summer beer for me.

02-19-2012 00:51:50 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of mactrail


2.98/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

02-18-2012 06:08:19 | More by mactrail
Photo of chuckgfk


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-18-2012 00:32:12 | More by chuckgfk
Photo of jegross2


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

Reviewing the Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Company.
Score: 86

10 oz tap pour served in a Anderson Valley Boonville snifter glass (which looks a lot like the Surly Darkness snifter I ever so much love) at the Brickhouse BBQ in Madison.

Appearance: Pitch black color with a layer of brown highlights atop the glass and faint ruby highlights in the middle. Served with a finger of foamy tan head that settles entirely. Average oily lacing. 4/5

Smell: Citrus hops and sticky caramel blended with roasted coffee and cocoa. Hints of unsweetened dark fruit. 3.5/5

Taste: Earthy hops, nondescript citrus and bitter dark roast coffee. A little charcoal and mellow brown sugar. Dry roasted creamy cocoa/chocolate flavors, akin to what you would expect in a milk stout or an Irish dry stout, peeks its head out as the beer warms. There is a light roastiness to this brew. Finish is a bitter and citrusy coffee flavor with a moderate linger. Becomes more milk stout-like mixed, with citrus, as it warms. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-minus carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a drying effect and slightly bitter finish. 4.5/5

Overall: A very solid tasting black IPA. I have not had very many beers within this relatively "new" style, but black ales are a hybrid style of beer that I am finding myself quite fond of given my love for stouts and IPA's.

Recommendation: If you like creamy Irish-style stouts and IPA's, or if you were a fan of the Black Sun Stout from Three Floyds, then this is a brew for you.

Pairings: Fudgy peanut butter brownies.

Cost: $6.00 for a 10 oz pour.

02-17-2012 06:55:10 | More by jegross2
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%

I'm a big fan of Alaskan's IPA as a standard and cheap IPA, so when I noticed they had a Black IPA I had to give it a shot. It's an interesting mix. I've enjoyed many new black lagers lately and this is just the same...it's like a cross between a porter and an IPA, and I find it a tasty, very drinkable concoction. If you're a fan of either style, I definitely recommend!

02-16-2012 03:47:22 | More by timtwoface
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-16-2012 03:20:59 | More by Cramerican
Photo of RJLarse


4.23/5  rDev +14%

I bought a six-pack of Alaskan Black IPA in a grocery store. $6.88. Poured in to a pit glass.

Pours a black walnut color, nearly opaque, with some reddish-brown hues when held up to light. Creamy two-toned tan head, with swirls of a darker tan color.

Smell is a roasted grain scent with a little caramel sweetness along side.

Taste is quite good, A bitter charcoal and coffee flavor upfront, with a sweet caramel flavor on the swallow, and a dry bitter charcoal aftertaste. Not much on the hops really for the style, I'd make this more of a hoppy porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but fairly clean.

Over all a very drinkable brew from Alaskan, and much much better than their regular IPA.

02-13-2012 00:20:36 | More by RJLarse
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

02-12-2012 18:45:16 | More by AbbeyNORML
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-12-2012 05:16:57 | More by mettkea
Photo of flexabull


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a very deep and dark brown color was a small but lasting white head, good lacing too.

Aromas are earthy, smoky, with nice citrus undertones, and hard candy notes.

Taste is bitter up front, light cocoa notes, subtle burnt and smoky malt sweetness. Finish is earthy, with some pine needles, light citrus, and with some light hard candy notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp, and dry with lighter body.

Overall a nice beer, and a pretty good representation of the style, worth trying.

02-11-2012 20:24:20 | More by flexabull
Photo of bsp77


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with thick tan head and nice lacing.

Smell: Strong chocolate roasted aroma, with just a hint of citrus and pine.

Taste: Tastes like a bitter Porter, with chocolate and coffee mostly. There is a moderately high level of bitterness, but more from the roasted malt than the lightly pine-like and citrusy hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.

Overall: Not really sure this should be called a Black IPA or even a catch-all American Black Ale. This is really a Porter with higher bitterness and some mild American-style hops. I enjoy it, but a little misleading.

02-11-2012 14:35:53 | More by bsp77
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Glass - Sam Adams Official

A - An almost black but rather mahogany colored brew with a 2-finger tan head. The head looks hardy and dense, and I got some nice splotchy lacing left on my glass.

S - A very nice floral, pine, and citrus hop aroma upfront. Very fresh smelling. Chocolaty malt notes underneath the fresh hops upfront. I pick up a bit of caramel and molasses as well. The aroma is very nice to me, and reminds me of Stone Sublimely Self Riotous.

T - Wow, this definitely reminds me of a toned down Sublimely Self Riotous. Upfront I get a punch of pine, rind, tree bark and sap. Quickly following is undertones of chocolate and caramel. It finishes with more resinous hop flavors and a punchy bitterness that lingers just a bit.

M - Lite-Medium bodied with medium crispness.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. It's full of flavor and the hop characteristics come off very fresh. I think I would like a little less carbonation but that's about all I can complain about. If your a hop head, give this one a try! Cheers.

02-11-2012 00:16:00 | More by PintOHops
Photo of JosiahS


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

glass: Sam Adams glass

a: Dark, deep ruby/brown body with a 2-finger creamy tan-colored head.

s: dank and piny hops with a deep sugary, dark fruit malt base underneath.

t: surprisingly close to sublimely self-riotous but turned down a notch. It's piny and sappy with a touch of malt sweetness. Underlying chocolate can be detected as well. Finishes bitter with some lingering hops.

n: Medium to full bodied with medium to high carbonation. A bit too carbonated imo.

o: A affordable alternative to Stone's black ipa offering, perfect.

02-11-2012 00:09:43 | More by JosiahS
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

02-10-2012 02:03:36 | More by Mrpickles
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

This pours a near pitch black; I can see some reddish hues when I hold the glass up to the light. A good firm 2" head shrinks slowly to just a fine layer leaving some nice lacing behind.

The smell is of grapefruit and some roasted malt. Not complex at all but good.

The taste is no. 1 grapefruit citrus, no. 2 roasted malt and is quite smooth..some would say timid but I say smooth. ;^)It has a smidgeon of some mild sweetness in there but it's not really doing much to offset the other 2 flavours. This has a very dry finish and it's quite easy to take sip after sip.

Fairly light bodied with plenty of carbonation, the mouthfeel is good.

This is a pretty good brew that, I think, brings more to the table than Alaskan's regular IPA. Best by date of May 17, 2012.

02-09-2012 23:39:46 | More by Bitterbill
Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.