The fireweed is blooming and the leaves are starting to fall in Alaska, and
on September 1, Alaskan Brewing Co. will release Alaskan Double Black IPA –
a versatile and powerful brew built to face the coming season head on.
“It looks like a porter, drinks like an IPA and has the kick of an imperial
stout,” says Alaskan Production Manager Dave Wilson. “We always challenge
ourselves to showcase balance in our beers, and with so many big and bold
flavors, this beer took that challenge to a whole new level.”
Alaskan Double Black IPA is the latest in the Brewery’s Pilot Series of
limited-edition specialty beers. The new brew features a combination of beer
styles, with a flavor profile most similar to an Imperial IPA and the dark
black color and rich flavors usually found in heartier stouts and porters.
Brewed with an array of dark malts, Alaskan Double Black IPA features the
distinctive flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate with a subtle toasted
sweetness. Large Cascade and Centennial hop additions late in the boil, and
dry-hopping after fermentation, lighten and refresh the overall perception
and flavor of the beer. It finishes with a dry palate and lingering citrus
There has been a lot
of discussion as to what to call this emerging beer style - “Cascadian Dark
Ale,” “Black IPA,” and “American-style India Black Ale” are just a few of
the names being used. “We’re not sure where it fits within traditional beer
styles,” says Wilson, “Or if it fits at all, but it’s dark and hoppy and
Alaskan first released their Double Black IPA as a “Rough Draft” for the
2009 Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage. “We didn’t
really know what to think of it then, but we knew we really wanted to have
Alaskan Double Black IPA is the second release in the Brewery’s “Pilot
Series,” a rotating collection of distinctive brews packaged in 22 oz
bottles that has included Alaskan Baltic Porter, Alaskan Raspberry Wheat and
will include a new release of Alaskan’s World Beer Cup-winning Barley Wine
in December 2010. These and all of Alaskan’s specialty release beers are
available in limited quantities throughout the western states. Stay tuned to
AlaskanBeer.com and facebook.com/AlaskanBeer for updates and information
about new releases and what is happening with the Alaskan Brew Crew.
Please contact Communications Manager Ashley Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org
and 907-780-5922 for samples, interviews or photos.
About Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaskan Brewing Co. has been making award-winning beer in Juneau, Alaska,
since 1986. The Alaskan Brew Crew bottles the unique character of the Last
Frontier with historic recipes, local ingredients and glacier-fed water.
Alaskan Brewing handcrafts Amber, Pale, White, Stout, IPA,