Thursday, February 5, 2015

Alaskan Double Black IPA

Type: black double IPA
Origin: Juneau, Alaska
ABV: 8.5%

This is definitely a style gaining traction, and probably didn't exist much at all 5 years ago. Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous was the first to gain widespread attention. At first, was not a huge fan of the style, but have grown much more fond of it after sampling Reuben's Black Imperial IPA (sorry, haven't reviewed it), who are able to meld a dark coffee roast seamlessly with a citrus hop bomb in an absolutely delightful manner. This one is not as forward thinking as Reuben's take, but it is a damn fine beer in its own right. The thing that strikes me most here is the smoothness and simplicity of this beer. The malts are quite chocolately and definitely give a lactic mouthfeel as a milk stout would. The roast is light and in check and the hops are peeking through just enough to remind you this is an IPA. There is only a faint citrus quality to the hops, which if they were able to up it just a bit, this beer would drink like a chocolate covered orange. I still like Reuben's take a bit more, but would drink this all day if offered.  

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