Otter Creek - Black IPA vs. Alpine Black IPA??

Discussion in 'New England' started by Reagan1984, Feb 25, 2012.

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  1. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Poo-Bah (2,135) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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  2. MA08

    MA08 Disciple (336) Nov 13, 2008 Massachusetts

    No difference. Alpine Black IPA was the winter seasonal, but became year-round and shortened to just Black IPA due to its popularity.
     
  3. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (971) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    Yeah it is a pretty awesome beer. I would GUESS that it's the same and like you mentioned maybe just different packaging because of the "now year round" thing.
     
  4. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Poo-Bah (2,135) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    The Alpine is listed as a American Black while the new Black is listed as a standard IPA. Wonder if both should remain listed or if the Alpine should now become an Alias for the Black IPA.... Enjoying one now. (from the bottle) Really love this one. Anyone now Otter Creek's bottle codes? 3132110211
    Let me know if you have a clue. Tastes very fresh.
     
  5. jamvt

    jamvt Disciple (382) Aug 5, 2005 Massachusetts
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    not familiar with that exact julian coding, but I would venture to guess the the first 3 numbers represent day it was brewed. 313 would have been wed nov. 9th 2011.

    i could be wrong. but nothing else in that sequence would lead me to believe otherwise.
     
  6. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Speaking of Otter Creek, I saw an ad in one of the brewspapers that their spring beer is a golden bock with marketing speak promising a heavy handed hop profile. Anyone see/try this one yet? Does anyone know if this was brewed with lager yeast, or their house ale yeast? I used to like their VT Lager and would love to have a replacement for Glissade to drink this spring.
     
  7. emannths

    emannths Initiate (183) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    Maybe it's a reincarnation of their World Tour Cuckoo Bock:
    It looks like the new beer is simply called "Spring Bock." Here's the label:
     
  8. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    ???
     
  9. emannths

    emannths Initiate (183) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    Maybe they figured brewing an ale to celebrate ale brewing would be too circular?
     
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