Arctic Apocalypse | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Docer on 01-21-2009

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Green Dragon. From notes. Thanks to Frank for DDing!

Amusingly, I received this instead of the Moose & Squirrel. I commented to Frank that it tastes more like a black IPA than an RIS... Well, I later learned of the bartender's mistake.

A: Pours a dark, translucent brown with 1.5" fingers of moderate-lived, dense, light tan head. No lacing down the glass.

S: Citrusy and very earthy, with some chocolate and roast in the nose. It wasn't very pungent, even as it warmed up.

T: Definitely a nice citrus note to it, accompanied by earthy bitterness. Chocolate and roast are present but not definitive. I was expecting a stronger flavor, although it was pretty obvious to me that it was a black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale / whatever you want to call it even when I was informed otherwise.

M: Light-medium bodied. Medium+ carbonation.

D: It was fairly tasty, but I'm not sure I'm a good judge, since I'm not a huge fan of the style. Chocolate and citrus generally clash, in my eyes.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belmont Station 3.25.2010 $2.75 for tulip short pour (no beer and no head, not the regular help).

1/2 finger tan head, medium dissipation, some lacing. Dark brown almost black body, some garnet highlights from the light, small carbonation uptrail from bottom of glass. The nose is faint chocolate, bready malts, no roast in the nose, a bit of hops at the end. Hops are more noticeable in the taste than the nose, quite a bit of bitterness up front, bready malts in the middle, became more balanced as it warmed. Mouthfeel is pretty full, a bit sticky. Drinkability need to be careful at this ABV, though after this short pour I wouldn't have a problem having another. Enough sweetness to provide some balance, yet a bit boozy to let you know this is no session beer.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft, served in a tulip glass. Review from detailed tasting notes.

A: Looks to be brown at first glance, but I would call it more of a dark amber. Definitely not black. Light brown head that dies down quickly.

S: Citrus and piney hops dominate the smell. There is a faint toasted bready, roasted malt smell there, but I don't know that I would have correctly identified this as a CDA (or black IPA) blindfolded.

T: Very well balanced. Citrus, slighly piney hop flavor is nicely balanced against a much more noticable slightly biscuit flavor. The malts die down as the bitterness lingers for quite a while. But not in a biting, bad way. This is a very nice ale that goes down a little too easy at 9%.

M: Moderate carbonation, fairly low body considering the ABV. It didn't feel like a heavy beer.

D: Bring me another please. I very much enjoyed this beer and feel it's a solid example of the yet to be invented Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale style. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i don't understand the previous post.
Yes, the Arctic Apocalypse Imperial Black IPA, thankfully (hopefully) soon to be restyled Cascadian Dark Ale, which is where this belongs. I will review it based on that and not on imperial ipa. because that's what a real jerk does.
it ain't black, look, don't call it black if it isn't. it is the color of dark roast coffee, impenetrable as eugene levy's eyebrows. it is roasty, toasty, floral, and bitter, everything a CDA should be. think of a eating a handful of rose petals on a piece of toast with a medium roast black coffee washing down each morsel. yes, you can have the toast buttered. but you miss the point! this is a fine beer, a lot of strong flavors going on but they work in harmony with each other to create a nuanced beer not a befuddled mess. the alcohol is mischieviously hidden. smirking in the murk, it waits for you.

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Photo of Docer
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arctic Apacolypse Release
Laurelwood Public House and Brewery
5115 NE Sandy

Chad and the Brewjungen have just the thing to help you embrace this cold, snowy season. It's Arctic Apocalypse Black IPA! Available Friday, this beer started out at 21 degrees plato and finished above 4 degrees plato which means this one will be served in a glass folks. Clocking in around 9%, this beer will mess with your preconceptions about what a dark beer should taste like with it's dark color but no roasty aftertaste. This beer magicianry is accomplished much in the same way Wylie Dufresne accomplishes his molecular gastronomy at wd-50, so no they won't tell you how they did it.

A very dark 'porter-like' IPA. Is this really an IPA? Some may love it, some may not... A great dark almost black or coffee type of color.

Smell is of chocolate malt and tons of hops, and bitter ones at that!

Tastes rich and smooth, chocolaty and sweet, with a nice roasted flavor... and great robust hoppiness. A must try!

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Arctic Apocalypse from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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