Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: pdoran10 on 12-31-2011)
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Photo of Mike22
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of chuckgfk
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jegross2
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of timtwoface
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of RJLarse
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AbbeyNORML
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of mettkea
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of flexabull
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JosiahS
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mrpickles
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of codfeast
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle to pint

A: black, 1/2" tan head, with lots of sticky lacing.

S: roasted malts and hops(citrus and pine)

T: roasted malts, mocha, finishing with the bitter hops.

M: Medium body, nice carbination, bit of an oily mouthfeel. with a dryish finish.

O: Real easy to drink, leans more toward the roasted malt side but there is certainly a hops presense. overall a nice beer.

Photo of Reidrover
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz single from Roth’s Vista Market. S.Salem. $1.75 Mahogany coloured beer with a small wispy tan head.Degenerates into lace within seconds. Almost no aroma..what there is is dusty chocolate malts vestiges of herbal hop Taste is also very weak..like a watered down porter..again just vestiges of any sort of hop. I guess its OK on the palate..just weak Overall one of the WORST CDAs i have had..come on Alaskan you can do much much better!!

Photo of kawilliams81
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- pours a near black with a 2" tan head. Lacing nearly coats the top 2" of the glass.

S- roasted malts and some citrus.

T- roasts malts, some chocolate, citrus and pine hops.

M- medium body and carbonation. Easy to drink with slight creaminess.

O- lacks complexity and could use more roast and chocolate malts. Also hops could come through a bit more.

Photo of crashoveride
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

A - Pours nearly opaque, solid thumb of head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Leafy, earthy, citrus, some nutty almonds, hints of espresso, coffee and dark cocoa.

T - Much like the nose, nicely balanced flavours with the earthy citrus hops backed up with roasted coffee and dark cocoa. Surprisingly flavourful and a solid sample of the style.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty black IPA, easily drinkable and nicely balanced. Certainly worthy and a good example of the style. Nicely hopped with a solid roasted malty backbone.

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours an extremely dark amber-brown hue which permits bright ruby highlights when held up to the light. Head is two fingers of pillowy tan foam. Not precisely black, but pretty damn good looking to me.

Smell: hops are earthy above all else, with some citrusy and funky notes beneath. A tart roastiness, while low in intensity, comes through it all. Decent, if a bit muddled.

Taste: funky, earthy hops complement a slightly chocolatey malt base. Big bitterness comes through at the end, along with a nice tartness that accentuates the citrusy character of the hops. I do like it, although like the aroma, it's a bit of a mess.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: tasty, but this beer needs some refinement in my opinion. It's just a bit messy, which limits how much of it I want to drink.

Photo of marct
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of harrymel
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 13APR12

I was excited to try this as I enjoyed the Black IPA from their Pilot Series last year. The beer is a nice black with red hues and a nice tan foam presence. Smells like a sweet porter mixed with grassy and resiny hops, maybe the slightest hint of peppery notes. The flavor follows through with a nice and complimentary style of east meets west kinda fusion. I dig the flavor profile in that neither the malts nor the hops dominate this one - it's well balanced in a classy and appropriate fashion. The mouthfeel is relatively full with some fine and soft carbonation. I like the beer, I like many of AK's beers and I'm happy to have this in the spring lineup. I'd drink this all night - easy and smooth.

Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.