Alaskan Black IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Black IPAAlaskan Black IPA
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pdoran10 on 12-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 385 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high given the brewery, which I've grown increasingly fond of.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of khaki colour, nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the above average ABV. Colour is a dark black with hues of caramel. Opaque. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Mocha, roast, caramel, pleasant indistinct hopping, dark clean malts, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Dark malts with background roast and even a hint of mocha . Cream. Pleasant complementary hopping; the bitterness is tame and the floral character suits the balance impressively well. I like it. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Not particularly bold in flavour, but notable enough. Features some depth and impressive balancing, but comparatively little subtlety or complexity - though I wouldn't dare call it simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with nice cream and pleasant thickness. Near perfect carbonation. Some coarseness from the hops helps bring out the flavour.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but lacking the complexity and subtlety needed to make it truly of note. This Black IPA may get lost in the mix, but it's worth picking up if you're a fan of the style. A solid offering from Alaskan, but not their best. I'd definitely try this on draught, but I wouldn't buy it in bottled form again.


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Photo of rkarimi
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Arrowhead Total Wine in late March for $1.39. Best by 5-17-12...dang that is two tonight!

Beer poured dark brown with a decent head on the initial pour that disapated quickly.

Nose has hints of citrus. Malts are pretty muted, not much chocolate or coffee.

Taste is pretty well balanced, malt base has dark chocolate and some roastiness. Finish is citrus.

Mouthfeel is smooth, body is medium.

Overall this is a pretty good brew. Had it on tap at Old Chicago back in March and it was much better fresh. We'll see if Alaskan comes out with this in the future...if they do grab it fresh if you can!

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Photo of DJ-22
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy brought me a "care package" from Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago, and this Black IPA was included.

Wasn't expecting much, from the bottle and pour, but I was pleasantly surprised after the first sip.

Appearance is dark and opaque... Mahogany where the light catches at the bottom of the glass. The slight head dissolves quickly (This differs in my account, from what others have described) leaving a slight lacing on the glass. Reoccurring head with every drink, dissipating quickly into a slight ring around the perimeter.

Smell is typical of a good IPA. Sweet with a hint of unidentifiable spice.

Tastes of Chocolate. Sweet, hoppy, and malty. Roasted Malt. Slight coffee?

Mouth-feel is moderately carbonated. A little prickly, but easy to drink. Finishes very clean, similar to a brown ale/IPA.

Overall, I am quite happy. Wish I could find this one here in MI. Definitely a beer that I would have no problem spending the money on. Quite happily surprised. Would recommend.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of woemad
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.49. Best by date of “060612.”

Poured a dark brown color that took on a very dark amber color when held up to light. Big, creamy, rocky tan head that took it’s time dropping.

Very roasty in the nose. It smells like the roast malt is equal to the hops.

Very roasty in the taste as well, though there is an obvious robust hop presence as well. Tastes like a stout, or even an overly hoppy porter. Dry and slightly acidic at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a coating, velvety mouthfeel.

I had this once on tap, and found it very stout-like. Now that I have formally reviewed a bottle of it, I still agree with that assessment. This is a very tasty beer if you like stouts, porters, or beers with hops and lots of roasted dark malts. I would happily drink this again, especially at this price.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Alaskan Black IPA. 6.4% ABV.

Very dark. Not quite black. With crimson/brown highlights. Cocoa-tinged froth, lush and lacy.

Aroma: bright, grassy hops, chocolate malt.

Taste: deep, dark malt, bright hops, smooth and tasty. Medium-bodied, easy drinking. Grassy hops stay on top.

I like this. It's beer and you can drink it.

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Photo of TheGovernator
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of lwillitz
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - beautiful black body with golden/brown highlights under 2 fingers of light tan head

S - rich malt, toasted bread, dark fruit, earthy hops, coffee, pine, caramel sweetness

T - malty, bready, fruity, nice blend of bitterness from the hops and the roast malts, enough caramel sweetness from the malt to keep it interesting, dry earthy finish

M - full-body, above average carbonation, smooth and creamy, somewhat astringent

O - This is a very good dark ale. The appearance is stunning, the smell inviting, the taste delightful and well-balanced, and the mouthfeel smooth and pleasant despite having more of a bite than I would like.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of beerrooster
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of SargeC
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Tgruenke
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, ruby with a thin tan creamy head.

S - Light aroma. Coffee, chocolate, pine and citrus.

T - Light roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, pine and citrus hops.

M - Light body and creamy. Dry lingering finish.

D - Solid and easy drinking black ipa. Nice balance of roast and hops.

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Photo of jcjerabek
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of drpimento
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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Photo of ChopsMeister
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Satan70
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of tbern007
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cherry wood brown/ruby with very thick tan head, large bubbles in the foam, sticky lace that lasts.
Scent is pine, roasted malt, charcoal, molasses.
Taste is west coast hoppy, roasted malt, slight smoke.
Dry at first but then sweet and sticky.
Overall good but not sure how this fits into the profile of a black IPA. I do like it and would have it again.

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Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 60% out of 100 with 385 ratings
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