Alaskan Black IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Black IPAAlaskan Black IPA

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by pdoran10 on 12-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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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.

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4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For my stop at the Hopkins Tavern, the Alaskan Black IPA was the best surprise of the stop.

The bartender poured the draft a bit hard, so the head was a frothy dark tan. Mouthfeel on first sip is somewhere between creamy and silky--full bodied and satisfying. Good lace on the glass, so a nice serving job by the tavern. Clean roasted malt in the nose, but not burnt or acrid--like standing back a bit from a hardwood campfire. Earthy and floral hop in the nose--some grapefruit in the background. Roast is just as pleasant in the taste and there's a very respectable hop bite with a slight fruity tint (from hop?). Dry finish leaves me wanting more. Excellent Black IPA that I need to do again, but haven't in the intervening two months it took for me to post the write up.

Took me a while to find the description on the Alaskan website under spring release (that I drank in January). Alaskan emphasizes the high hops and citrus, though my draft was understated compared to the touting. However, my experience was significantly better than the reviews on BeerAdvocate. While there are those who reflect my high praise, we are in the minority. Maybe I need to try it again to confirm or deny my first draft.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 12oz bottle served in a chalice.

A- A thick black with a bubbly tan-ish white head. No light penetration whatsoever. the head dissipates after only a few minutes.

S- hoppy and chocolatey right off the bat. grapefruit notes blend with light hints of almost peanut buttery chocolates.

T- Strong chocolate notes hit you right away. A slightly citrusy hoppy finish. Cocoa notes are very strong. almost reminiscent of a chocolate covered orange. a nice hope bite at the end.

M- a creamy start moving into a bit rougher mouth feel and ending with a biting finish

Very good beer. Incredibly drinkable. This is a cascadian dark ale that leans more toward the malty side of the equation with just enough hops to leave me completely unwanting. a delicious sweet treat.

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4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clear deep dark brown body with 1 finger of a bubbly creamy head that recedes but very slowly. You can't see any carbonation moving around.

S- spicy, citrusy hop aroma that is rather potent. You can hold your nose a few inches away and still get a good feel for the aroma. Earthy and herbal at the same time. It's hop complexity develops nicely.

T- The hop characteristics come fully forward. All the indications in the aroma get multiplied in the flavor. Not a lot of malt sweetness, you can tell it's been balanced enough to let the hops be the showcase.

M- It's silky, soft, and the carbonation is present but not overwhelming. It's very smooth and leaves a nice alcohol burn on the back of your throat.

O- the first black IPA i fell in love with. This is a 12-pack purchase once a season for sure. It's body and hop flavor are balanced and the pushed over with the hops and it's a great example of what this style shall develop into. Cheers to the alaskan brewery on this one.

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4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ages well in bottle

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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Served at a good temperature with a nice sized, light tan, foamy, frothy head that settled slowly and loads of lace. Color is a very dark, clear mahoganey. Aroma is malt, roast, hop. Flavor is surpisingly mild yet fairly good balance and similar to nose with the usual hop, malt, tart characteristics standing out - in context with the body, which is full and has slight high points from the acid/bitter rounded peaks. Finish is like flavor, of average length and is easy drinking.

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4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle bought locally...poured in St. Bernardus chalice.
Mahogany color with small head.
Slight aroma of roasted malts and grassy hops.
Significant carbonation and full mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark roasted sweet malts, grassy hops, slight bitterness but not offensive to the's a bit cold, I'll give it 5 minutes....
OK...dark amber head remains...slight aroma of dark roasted malts. Big carbonation remains, almost in the way of the dark roasted malts. I'll admit I like many black IPAs, like Hop Strike from Tommyknocker or Stones black IPA, and this one is darn tasty. Rich roasted malts, slight sweetness, robust hops in a nice balance. Like a export stout with extra west coast hops, like a burnt porter gone hoppy, like a beer I want to bring to my mouth again and again. In my mind a brilliant balance, not a giant in abv, which is fine, but big in flavor and richness. Heck, a good competitor with my current regular house brand, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA...humm... I think I could say I like this more.

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4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best By 05.08.13
Tasted 05.11.13

A - Pours a deep, dark black, with a tall light tan head. Initially, this looks like a nice dark stout. On closer inspection, the head dissipates to a thin layer, and the body of the beer is more of a dark rich mahogany brown. Lacing is uniform, sticky, and overall great.

S – Woah hops, bright, fragrant, and floral. Held up with a large dose of sweet, rich malts. Dark fruits come through here as well. Quite complex, this beer is no longer fresh, but has developed some deeper notes here with time.

T – Rich and roasty, this is dark, deep and complex. Comes across as a robust porter, some coffee, bitter chocolate, and dark fruits again. Hops are vacant here, make a brief appearance, but that's it. Fine by me. Very complex, bitter coffee notes abound, dark chocolate covered cherry notes here, unique. Reminiscent of a barleywine in regards to it's level of complexities.

M – Light, crisp, and bubbly. Carbonation is high, but okay here.

O – Wow. I've had this one fresh, and it is great then, as a big hoppy dark ale. But now, once the hops have faded, the malt complexities are great. The sweet dark cherry and chocolate notes, to contrast the bright bitter coffee and light hop notes, are just great. This is truly underrated.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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