Alaskan Double Black IPA (Pilot Series) | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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54 Reviews
Alaskan Double Black IPA (Pilot Series)Alaskan Double Black IPA (Pilot Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The aroma of Alaskan Double Black IPA consists of fresh, citrus notes from Northwest hops and the heavy, dry bouquet of roasted grains. Brewed with an array of dark malts, Alaskan Double Black IPA features the distinctive flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate with a subtle toasted sweetness. Large hop additions late in the boil, and dry-hopping after fermentation, lighten and refresh the overall perception and flavor of the beer. It finishes with a dry palate and lingering warmth and bitterness.

Added by Todd on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
137
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
14.8%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 137
Reviews by beerguru14:
Photo of beerguru14
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour, Color, & Aroma:
The Alaskan Brewing Company has always been one of my favorites. I remember my Dad tended to have their beers in our refrigerator at all times. I also recall my first sip of the Alaskan Smoked Porter. Talk about a memorable beer. Getting my hands on their Double Black IPA proved to be much more difficult than I thought; however, a friend pulled through for me and manged to get one in my hands.

True to style, the beer poured a very nice black color with an inviting tan colored head. The retention was long lasting and was very smooth and velvety.

The beer had some serious malts on the forefront of the aroma. I got an excellent roasted chocolate, caramel and molasses. A plum sweetness was barely identifiable with some other dark fruits closely followed by a light banana aroma. On top of all this was a strong zesty citrus and a slight pine that made its presence known. I am already intrigued by this beer.



Taste:
Oh my goodness. Alaskan Brewing nailed this style of beer. My initial thought that came to mind was again of the malts. A caramel sweetness, rich and creamy chocolate malts, and definitely a sweetness of which I attributed to the dark fruits. There was also something about the taste reminding me of a sushi joint perhaps ginger?

Furthering the taste was a not too aggressive astringent bitterness that leveled out the sweetness. The hops added balanced grapefruit zest and a citrus tang. I can not get enough!!



Finish & Body:
The finish was one of the best I have ever had in any beer. There was a pleasant marshmallow creaminess that lingered on my palate. The finish also had a slight bitterness that did not intrude on the creaminess but one that was complimented in a beautiful way.

I would consider this to be a pretty full-bodied beer. The mouth feel was significant but not overwhelming. One thing I realized towards the end was that I hardly noticed the alcohol level. At 8.5% I thought it would be much more apparent.



Final Thoughts:
I may have found my new favorite beer. After drinking the brew, I wanted to have another one as well as call all my friends to let them know not to pass it up if they have the chance to drink this. Alaskan Brewing did a superb job representing one of the fastest growing styles of beer. My only disappointment is that I can't have another. Prost!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into several taster glasses. Big thanks go to sholland119 for generously breaking this one out for us to enjoy.

Pours black, topped with about ¾ of a finger of tight mocha colored head. Nice smooth and creamy retention on this, leaving back rich spotty lacing that hangs all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and leafy smelling, with notes of bitter citrus and some light spiciness. Rich chocolate roast and some tangier smelling caramel sit underneath. This has a pleasant flavorful smoothness in the nose.

The taste is mellow and balanced, with notes of green rind and bitter fruit being balanced with chocolate and toffee sweetness before heading into a dry roasted finish. Bit of lingering spice and pine on the tail-end of this and I'm also getting a certain amount of slick herbal tones that weave themselves in and out of the other flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft and silky feel to it but still retains some presence in the mouth as well. No alcohol detected here at all, as this drinks just effortlessly.

A little different take on the Black IPA, with a much more mellow and soft approach to the flavors but I think that it worked extremely well here as it melded all of that robust character into a smooth and really approachable mix. I'd love to track another bomber of this one down.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, cola and some black licorice.

The flavor is roasted malts and black licorice with a little chocolate and molasses leading to a big charred / roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it seems like more of a hoppy stout to me than a black IPA. Instead of fruity hops, I get the roasted bitterness.

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber.

The tan head rises quick but rolls around slow, there is some body here as well as some major stickage on the glass. Sublte berry, minty, herbal and leafy hop aroma that melds well with the creamy dark maltiness. Big bodied with a deep creamy smoothness. Big malt charater struts its stuff with hints of dark malt but nothing roasted enough to confuse the beer with other styles. Hop bitterness is a bit tamer that anticipated though the complex flavors that unfold make up for it. Alcohol rides in with a clean warmth and a blackberry fruitiness. Slight roasty finish with a spicy hop kick that sticks to the taste buds for a good while.

Not as hoppy as I expected but this beer style is still being defined, super tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with a little bit of pine. This does not smell like some of the hoppier Black IPAs that I have tried.

The flavor is like the smell. I get quite a bit of roasted/burnt malt and chocolate, with some piney hops. I also get some cream in the flavor and a low amount of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of moundbz
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really good, smooth smokey taste with a nice bitter Pale ale finish

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back at Hopfest at Brouwer's Cafe. Solid, dark and black looking dipa, slight ring of head to it, good clinging lace. Aroma was not huge in terms of hops.

Taste, lots of bitterness, but not a lot of hop mouthfeel. Hid the alcohol decently, came across more like it looked, like a hoppy porter or stout moreso than a dipa. The only things reminiscient of dipa territory would be the caramel malt flavor and the high bitterness.

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Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of En29356
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nuebs
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Snow81
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of growlerfills
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of hopsbreath
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours very dark brown but not quite black. Tons of fluffy beige head forms atop this brew. No lacing shows up.

Smell is lemon zest, pine sap, banana esters, and cocoa dust.

Tastes like a malty IPA. A little peach, semi-sweet chocolate, and tangerine pith all work together to make this a pretty good CDA.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for s relatively big beer. Low carbonation make this pretty smooth and the finish is a little gummy. Meh...

Drinkability is kinda low. It seems to have another percent or two ABV than what is listed. In all its a little difficult to drink more than about twelve ounces.

This is an OK CDA. It doesn't hold a candle to Sublimely Self Righteous. That is the king of this new burgeoning style.

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Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: rich chocolate and brownie mix, some roasted coffee, lots of gingerbread, toffee, hops subdued.

L: Black, some light through, cocoa like tan head that dissipates leaving great lacing.

T: Chocolate malt with some coffee bitterness. Some leafy hoppiness on the background that is hidden by the chocolate presence. Medium bitterness finishing with roasty dryness and touch of hop resin. Very little fruitiness from the hops.

M: Medium carbonation, medium-full body.

A nice black IPA, more malt driven than hops, or perhaps my bottle was old. Really enjoyed it and would definitely have again.

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Photo of jwerner23
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Streetcar
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black with a tan head. Looks a lot like a latte

Smell - Light citrus hops, quickly followed by smoky malt. The hops become more pronounced.

Taste - First impression is that of a porter. Then there's a slow roll to a gentle hops bitterness that clears the pallet. The finish is bittersweet, or dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Much lighter than expected for the taste, almost a mental disconnect. It is bright at first sip then immediately the malt sets in. It almost clears the pallet itself.

Drinkability - At 8.5 ABV this is certainly not a session beer. It is nice on a fall night. For me it's interesting, but not enough to spend $8.00 for another bottle.

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Photo of kmoen
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hendrick24
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Docer
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I snagged up at Belmont Station.. guy working at the counter this time around was a cool dude.

- Big fluffy tan/beige head... leaving a nice solid finger lingering around in my tulip. Jet black brew... can't even tell if it is cloudy or not. Looks great.

- For a minute there... the massive amounts of grassy, pine-like, and floral hops threw me off.. I guess I am expecting a porter? Very hoppy.. almost made me think it soured. Light sweet cream, grain.. and a slight funky sour quality...

- Creamy smooth and hoppy! Like a desert of an IPA. Like chocolate, oats, grain... bitter balance of floral, citrus, and grassy hops... very tasty and balanced.

- Medium bodied... light creamy sweet and bitter dry.. mouth watering. Almost lays a thin bed of candy upon the tongue on the aftertaste. Great carbonation.

- Overall I am very impressed with this brew. Alaskan never fails with the hoppy brews... and their regular IPA is an inexpensive favorite of mine. Definitely balanced and solid.

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Photo of itracy63
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2%

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Alaskan Double Black IPA (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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