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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pdoran10 on 12-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 385 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of yamar68
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep coffee hue with bits of burgundy. Finger of mocha head and very average lacing. On the nose I get some nuts, subtle chocolate, toasted grains, hops are pretty understated. The hops take on a stronger character on the tongue but lack direction - they fade into abstract bitterness before taking on much shape. The dark malts are nice though. I could be fooled into thinking that there’s a bit of coffee in this one. A decent brew.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cola brown with a nice cap of tan foam that laced up decently. Smell is pleasantly roasty, citric and a bit of pine resin. Taste is acerbic bitterness in a background of roasted malt. Once the initial hit of hop fades, the malt portion of the brew is quite nice and roasty with hints of coffee however the hop profile is a little discordant, especially on the first few sips. Mouthfeel is decently slick, medium bodied. The pith bitterness shows up again during the finish. Overall this one improves marginally About half way through the glass once the buds get accustomed ie desensitized to the hop profile.

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Photo of Soneast
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 5/10/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some pine and herbal hops. Taste is of the pine/herbal hops up front with the dark roasted malt flavor coming through on the finish. There is also a slight metallic flavor that comes out as the beer warms. There is a medium roasty and hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation but the body is somewhat thin. Overall, this is a pretty good black IPA but it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. That same nigh black color as a stout will have, a receding collar of tan colored foam for a head with decent retention but minimal lacing properties.

S. Citric hopping on top of a roasted malt with some dark chocolate aroma.

T. Like black coffee with bits of citrus peel soaking in it. Sweetens up somewhat when allowed to warm up towards room temp, but at that point it feels out of balance with not enough hopping. So I'd drink this one colder if I ever revisited it.

M. Medium body and carbonation. Could stand a slight nudge upwards in carbonation levels.

I've had better Black IPAs with more complexity of flavor than this, but than again I've also had Black IPAs that were much worse than this. YMMV, as always.

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Photo of bwgassman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of GiftedSailor
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Sargully
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of NEDmiller
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GarretD
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Efeswasmy1st
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle, dark brown with 1/4" tan head that mostly stayed with.

Aroma is faint with some coffee and spruce.

Taste --Some coffee initially that is overtaken by the bitterness of the hops

Mouthfeel-- Bitterness stays with you, too long for my taste.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Sky2625
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Hoolihan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Beer: Alaskan Black IPA

Serving Type: Bottle (12 oz) (poured into pint glass)

Appearance: Body is very dark brown/black in color with an almost tint of red. Also a thin layer of tan foam about the width of my pinky.

Smell: A nice blend of hops, caramel and sort of a roasted coffee/cocoa aroma. Very nice and not overwhelming.

Taste: The a hoppy/bitter flavor hits you immediately followed by a taste of a dark roasted coffee after a second or two. The after taste has a nice, light bitter bite to it.

Mouthfeel: Nice balance, nothing is too overwhelming to throw the taste off. Smooth and velvety feel on the tongue. The flavor hangs on your palette but in a good way.

Overall: The person who referred this particular beer to me hyped it a lot so I went into it with heightened expectations. I must say that it lived up to his praise and I have found a solid black IPA to add to my library. Definitely worth the shade under $10 price tag for a 6-pack we paid at a local speciality beer store.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black with about half a finger’s worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – definitely hoppy, perhaps a mix of Cascades and some other hop(s). There’s also a spiciness to it, maybe something of a nut brown type of mix.

Taste – definitely hoppy, but that’s to be expected of an IPA. This one also has a roasted quality that strikes toward the middle of the taste, but the bitterness hits right away and comes back in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, and somewhat interesting, but not terribly intriguing.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big fluffy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, a little chocolate and dark fruit, and piney floral hops.

The flavor is roasted, slightly acidic, malts and sweet dark fruit with some decent piney bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied and watery.

Overall, a decent Black IPA. Kind of reserved, but balanced.

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Alaskan Black IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.71 out of 5 based on 385 ratings.
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