The featured beer painting of the day is of Pilot Series Double Black IPA by Alaskan Brewing Company. If you want an IPA that is as black as a raven, strong as an ox, and if you’re craving the flavor of sour dark grain and bitter hops then this IPA is for you. I visited the brewery in our state’s capitol only a few years ago and I was blown away by the Pilot Series project that was just starting. Alaskan Brewing Company is the biggest brewery in Alaska, founded in 1986, a year before I even moved to Alaska. When I went to parties as a kid I noticed that all the adults were drinking a cool beer with our state’s name right on the label, and my friend’s parents’ fridge was always stocked with Alaskan Amber. The Pilot Series allows the large brewery to experiment with smaller batches of beer, and once in a while, a Pilot Series beer makes the cut, and becomes part of the main lineup. I think black IPAs turn out a bit too bitter sometimes for the average palate. The dark grains are sour and bitter, and in order to achieve a perfectly balanced beer, the hops need to be heavier on the aromatic quality than bittering. This IPA must have been brewed with a hefty amount of grain, judging from the 7.7% ABV content. Definitely not for the meek, this black IPA will keep you warm during the dark winter nights in Alaska. I look forward to finding out what the next creative Pilot Series release will be!
Cheers to the beer that is inspired by ravens! A raven’s gift not to be taken lightly.