Review: Black IPA, Alaskan Brewing Co.

Black IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co. — Juneau, Alaska

  • Style:  Black IPA
  • Bitterness:  65 IBU
  • ABV:  6.4%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Cascade and Centennial
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle 

Description: "Alaskan’s spring seasonal release is a new beer experience created from a combination of traditional beer styles. Alaskan Black IPA has the appearance of a porter or stout but combines the roasted malty characters with the refreshing flavor and bright aroma of an American IPA." — Alaskan Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Black IPA is Alaskan's new spring release. Although this is a new beer, it's not Alaskan's first Black IPA (or CDA, if you prefer). In late 2010, Alaskan released Double Black IPA, part of their limited release Pilot Series. You can think of Black IPA as Double Black IPA's little brotherit's lighter in alcohol and bitterness (as measured by IBUs). On an unrelated note, I love the label artwork. Alaskan always does a great job with their design and packaging.

The tasting:  Near black in color with a deep tan head that dissipated slowly. When held up to the light, it appears reddish-brown. Aroma of roasted malt, with citrus and piney hops. The flavor starts with roasted malt, coffee, and a solid bittering of citrus and piney hops. In the middle, I noticed light chocolate and smokey notes in addition to some grassy / green hop flavors. Alcohol wasn't noticeable in flavor or aroma.  Black IPA is softly carbonated and finishes dry with lingering piney hop bitterness.  

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!  If you like Black IPAs / CDAs, be sure to give Alaskan's Black IPA a try while it's available this spring. It's a great representative of the style and I'd love to see it become a year-round beer.

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  1. I had it over the weekend. It was a beautiful beer. The taste was amazing. I love dark beer, and didn't have very high hopes for it being an IPA. I'm glad I was wrong. It was surprisingly drinkable. I have yet to taste anything from Alaskan that I do not absolutely love.

  2. I just bought a bottle of this and I can't wait to give it a try.

  3. I bought a six pack of this last week have had three of them so far. It's good beer but I prefer Widmer's more. They are close, but Widmer's is better IMO.

  4. B LACK b eers re o ky


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