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Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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 Rizalini
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours dark brown with a 1 finger light brown head. Not too much head retention at all.

S - Has a slightly above average apricot and pineapple hop aroma.

T/M - Where did the hops go?? Just a mildly roasty ale, with a hint of hoppiness. Light mouthfeel, average carbonation.

O - Falls short of a black IPA, let alone a regular IPA for sure. Maybe I'm spoiled by more expensive beers, but this one just didn't do it for me.

Photo of freewheelinbob
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Very dark brown, not quite black with ruby edges. Average head with sufficient retention and lacing.

Strong floral hop smells initially give way to a roast-ier malt smell as it warms. Chocolate really comes through.

The hops and the standard flavor of black beers are very well balanced. I also notice a slight woody flavor, and the bitter finish is very IPA-ish. As with the smell, the roasted malts are stronger as the beer warms.

It is a bit too fizzy on the tongue, to the point where some of the initial flavors are covered up. Does settle down as it warms a bit.

Overall, I'm not that well versed on Black Ales, even less so with Black IPAs. From what I have had, though, this seems to be a very accessible representation of the style, which I have come to expect from Alaskan Brewing. As an early-spring seasonal, when its still really winter, I enjoy this beer as it approaches a porter but gives me some of the floral hops to remind me that spring is coming. A little tacky, sure, but I would buy this again.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Dark brown with decent head retention. Lacing is slight.

Smells light...mostly Smarties candies and faint cocoa powder

Very light on the tongue. Mild bitterness, touch of coffee, and a pinch of hops.

Really inoffensive and mild. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but there's just not much going on here.

Photo of fuzzcherry
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of bootsdomino
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a HOTD tulip. Looks like there is a date of 4/5/12 on it.

Appearance- Black with brown/red highlights if held up to the light. Tan head that ends in a film. 4/5

Smell- Small, but very floral and tropical hop notes. Not much else unfortunately. 3/5

Taste- Chocolate and grassy hops. Good bitterness. Some alcohol notes. That is about it. 3/5

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel. Thin to medium. 3/5

Overall- This is a decent Black IPA. I would like a little more depth to it. Maybe more coffee and chocolate notes. Maybe more of a hop presence. I know they can do it because their Double Black IPA (pilot series) is still one of my favorite Black IPAs to date. 3/5

Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown with red highlights. Light tan thick head with a fair bit of lacing.
S- Aroma is caramel, earth, pine, and a bit of coffee.
T- I'm getting far more hop than black here. Big hop kick with pine and a touch of earthyness with a slightly sweet malt base. Some cocoa.
M- Medium-light body, medium-high carb, semi-dry finish.
O- A decent Black IPA, but not anything particularly amazing. Some people criticize this style for just being hoppy porters. That seems to be the case here.

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

Pours a black beer, moderate thickness, small tan head on top of it. The aroma isn't massively hoppy, it is definitely the grassy type, reminiscient of a homebrew nugget black ale, but this did a poor job of getting rid of the roasty character, which didn't allow the hops to be all on the up and up as much as I'd like.

Taste, nice, good hop bitterness, a little less roast at this point. Missing the fruity hop character that makes the best black ales shine. This one leaned a little much on simple grassy bitterness. Sometimes the dehusked black malt just doesn't get enough of the acrid bitterness out of it, and as a result, covers up a little hop flavor. Because of that, this could just as much be called an American porter. Might not have the thickness you'd want, but in the more sesssionable porters, they tend to be weaker in mouthfeel, this is just fine for style.

Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near solid blackish brown color with a creamy little tan head and some acceptable lacing.

A nice mix of citrusy hops and dusty chocolate. A bit light however.

Lots of powdery cocoa with a mellow bitterness and a touch of citrus. Mild toasty malt presence. Really well blended flavor that makes this one easy to drink.

The carbonation is frothy, creamy and soft. Almost a chalky feel at the end.

Has to be one of the most approachable for the style that I've had. Seems all of Alaskan's regular and seasonal beers are made this way though. I was pretty impressed with this one and would have it again.

Photo of bjohn84
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with a slight cola red tint, 1-2 fingers of creamy tan head

S - dark Roasted malts with hints of coffee, a small bit of resiny sweet citrus

T - Bittering hops hit immediately up front and linger through to the back end. Dark roasted coffee. not much citrus comes through, but pine is prevalent as well

M - Medium bodied with a slight stickiness.

O - Great Black IPA. Def on the high end of bitterness.. could maybe use a bit more flavor to go with it though

Photo of CooperEllis
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from azdback, into tulip/pint hybrid

Dark, near black, a lot of head. Wasn't an aggressive head, and damn cold, but had to leave an ounce in the bottle. Still, it's nice like that with a big hop burst in the aroma to match.

The flavor is solidly hop-forward, but its a bit one note with the malt spine cutting out any subtly in the hops flavors. The spine itself is light, roast, no burnt/bitterness which allows the hops bitterness to flourish throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel is ok, high carb, drinks more IPA that anything else.Fits the initial taste.

Solid. This is a style I like a lot but one of my friends makes a homebrew that still holds the top spot in the style to my mind.


Photo of phishsihq
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leave it to the folks at Alaskan to be thinking spring in the middle of January....

Alaskan Brewing Company is adding to their Winter and Summer seasonal line with the introduction of Alaskan Black IPA, a Spring seasonal. The beer pours a dark brown, porter-like, with a not quite tan head that leaves a decent lacing. Piney, resiny citrus hops aromas fill the nostrils with dark, coffee like scents poking through. Roasty malt flavors dominate the pallet at first, with lighter chocolate and citrus flavors balancing out the somewhat bitter finish. A somewhat lighter body is met with a medium amount of carbonation. A very well balanced version of a style that continues to get more and more entrants, and a great beer to sip on those "Spring" Alaskan nights.

Photo of claytong
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Jparker37
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very dark in color but not opaque when held to the light. Head is a little bit lighter than tan but nonetheless off-white which soon receeds into a small cap of foam that barely clings to the glass

S - Nice resiny pine nose. A bit of chocolate character comes into play also. The beer comes across as a little on the malty side

T - The creamy/roasty malts blend nicely with the pine hop flavors. Finishes with a light bitterness that leaves be suprised but is also dry and crisp.

M - Light to Medium bodied with light carbonation and again a nice drying effect.

O - Not my favorite IBA so far but still good. I prefer this style to have loud hop presence with quite and gentle chocolate flavors. It just seemed a little to balanced for my liking.

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

must be a newer one from these guys, only the tenth review... pours a nice brown ale/porter color with a 2 inch white head of tiny bubbles. smells less like an ipa and more like a black lager or something. tons of roast in the aroma, not as much hops as may beers in this genre. flavor too, plenty hoppy, but its not dominant. balanced by dark malt and a fairly light mouthfeel for the style. very approachable and drinkable, much more of a hoppy porter or something than a black ipa as i traditionally think of them as the hops just isnt the main focus for me. solid brew.

Photo of Frankcost
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single bottle from Top Ten Wine & Spirits poured into a stone pint glass

A- black can't see thru it, with a mocha colored head that dissipates real quick

S- right away piny hops citrus and a little coffee aromas

T- piny citrusy hops lemon zestyness pretty mild bitterness finish with some milk chocolate

M- medium bodied some creaminess

O- good beer but not my favorite style of beer love the Alaskan brewery but there our others I would prefer If I had to drink a bipa

Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of stpaulsipper07
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rayj212
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of azdback
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Divide pint glass. Very dark brown color. Just the slightest transparency yields millions of tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a small one finger head. The head is light cocoa brown and creamy in appearance.

Smell is of light roasted malts. Light coffee and milk chocolate. There is also some hop bitter and orange sweet.

Taste is mild dark roasted coffee and a bit of smoke or char. There is a bit of caramel or burnt sugar in this. It kind of tastes like honey glaze for a ham. I am getting some fresh hop tastes that are sweet.

Mouth is smooth and carbonation is light and creamy. Body is medium and the finish is average and wet.

Overall I think this is a pretty good "BIPA" Not the best and by far not the worst in the class. Worth a try.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours with a good dark brown head... nice lacing... the brew is clear, but is still very dark brown only showing hints of garnet at the stem end of my wine glass.

Aromas are well rounded.. good blend of roasty malts and citrus hops.. dark cocoa comes with some warmth...

Flavor is nice... cocoa and slight roast maltiness with no real astringency... citrus is a bit light, but it helps the overall brew... this is well balanced and well done... a slight sweetness adds to the overall brew adding to the body and helps bring out the hop and malt flavors.

All 4's

Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of assman79
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a tan head that leaves large chunks of lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee notes and some grassy hops.

Tastes of the hops upfront melded with the roasted malts. Hops lead off with pine, herbal, and tea leaf notes. Roasted notes then come through with bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Light on sweetness with a moderate bitterness. I do also pick up a slight alcohol note as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth feel, but the small amount of carbonation that makes it feel watery.

Overall, this is a solid attempt at a black ale. The flavors are all there, but could maybe cleaned up a little.

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

A- Dark, opaque black pour with a little cream colored, bubbly head. Lots of lacing stuck to the glass. Small glimmer of ruby around the edges when held to the light. The head dissipates into a little cap that sits on the brew. Looks like a solid Cascadian Dark Ale (to each his own).

S- Herbal, piney hops and milk chocolate. Perhaps a little wood and citrus. Smells really nice. Pretty standard aromas here for a black ipa but they meld together really well.

T- Very good flavor. Lots of herbal hops off the top followed by a subtle chocolate, coffee note in the middle. The finish is light citrus hops. Fairly sweet for a CDA/BIPA with moderate bitterness. Very drinkable and delicious.

M- Creamy, medium weight body with less carbonation than expected. Solid mouthfeel. Sort of fails to stand on its own, though.

O- This is a nice Cascadian Dark/Black IPA. It doesn't overdo the roasted malts like some tend to. The piney, citrusy hops should shine in this style. Its not a hoppy porter. Alaskan kept this in mind when brewing this ale and turned out a sessionable, delicious beer. Not overly flavorful but a nice drinker.

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