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Alaskan Black IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 383
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 383
Photo of yamar68
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (444 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (615 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (690 characters)

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

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. (747 characters)

Photo of Efeswasmy1st
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (261 characters)

Photo of THEFRANCH15E
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (999 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black with about half a finger’s worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – definitely hoppy, perhaps a mix of Cascades and some other hop(s). There’s also a spiciness to it, maybe something of a nut brown type of mix.

Taste – definitely hoppy, but that’s to be expected of an IPA. This one also has a roasted quality that strikes toward the middle of the taste, but the bitterness hits right away and comes back in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, and somewhat interesting, but not terribly intriguing. (688 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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. (416 characters)

Photo of hoser
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (266 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (445 characters)

Photo of Mike22
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (559 characters)

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. (1,584 characters)

Photo of timtwoface
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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! (372 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (479 characters)

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. (670 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,028 characters)

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. (538 characters)

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. (768 characters)

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. (565 characters)

Photo of codfeast
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (378 characters)

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!! (444 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (381 characters)

Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.