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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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 385
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.


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Photo of phishsihq
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Frankcost
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
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

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Photo of azdback
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly opaque black with 1/4 inch of tan head that had no retention or lacing. The aroma had solid roast notes upfront, some malt backing that up and subtle hopping in the far background.

The taste was definitely malt dominant, with the roast feature placing second and some barely noticeable hops in the background. The body was fairly typical for the style, in the medium range, and had the roast lingering on the finish.

Drinkability was OK, but the lack of outstanding features makes me wonder why you'd want more than one. Overall, a below average example of what I generally find to a bastard of a style. If you like Cascadia Dark Ales, you'll probably be OK with this beer. Even if the lack of bold hop presence makes me wonder where the "IPA" is in this Black IPA.

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Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle BB 040512

A- pours dark mahogany/black color with some garnet highlights a fresh tan head with good lacing on glass

S- roasted malts and bread with citrus hops

T-roasted malts with some semi-sweet chocolate,a dose of citrus hops

M- was creamy smooth on the front a little watery in the middle ,but with a certain bitterness on the end

O- a good black ipa that was more bitter than robust for the style , recommended though

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

12oz bottle, green solo cup.

Looks much like your standard porter or black IPA. Really nice head.

Chocolate crunch bar and chocolate malt dusted with grapefruit and orange peel. Like the chocolate oranges I used to get in my stocking.

Same thing, gentle but bitter and very tasty. Chocolate working exceptionally well with citrus.

Creamy texture, much like a porter. Medium-high carbonation.

Somehow I'm second to strike on reviews of this very good black IPA. It's simple and creamy and satisfying.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Black IPA pours out a dark brown to black color into a pint glass with one finger of tan head that leaves nice lacing with staying power.

The smell is mild citrus and pine with a bit of hop astringency.

The taste is some resinous hop bite up front that blends to a slight roasted malt character. A good amount of grassy and slight citrus bitterness lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice carbonation level.

Overall a nice effort, and a well made beer. Not my favorite hop flavor compared to other black ipa's I have tried.

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