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Sunken Island IPA - Kenai River Brewing Co.

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Sunken Island IPASunken Island IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kenai River Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An off-white head sits atop an attractive amber beer. The aroma is a complex mix of hops and malt with traces of yeast. Assertively spicy hops balanced by a rich malty profile will entice the pallet. The finish is long with a lingering hop bitterness.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-28-2007)
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a single can as a gift from a buddy in Wasilla, AK. Love the artwork on the can - a couple of salmon chillin' in lounge chairs with beers in fin on the beach of their sunken island under the water of the Kenai.

Nice hazed copper orange color topped by a single finger of white froth. Sweet bread dough backed by hop zest and apple cider to the nose. Great tasting IPA - caramel malt, peppered lemon butter, sweet apple and pear, spicy hop zing, and pecan nuttiness all fading equally at the finish indicating the nice balance of it all. Very silky feel from an IPA. Another winner from the great state of Alaska. Would love to try other brews from Kenai River Brewing Co.

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 01:15:05 | More by DelMontiac
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SitkaSteve

Alaska

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-21-2014 05:05:43 | More by SitkaSteve
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Second beer from tonight's hidden in the fridge series, thanks to BeerKangaroo for the opportunity.
Dark golden almost amber color with a huge frothy beige head that slowly recedes but sticks to everything. Citrus and pine aroma with an earthy almost sulfury English yeast thing going on. Light fruitiness and a bit of sweet sugary malts round out the aroma. The flavor is solid bready caramel maltiness with a nice earthy citrus hop flavor and and a mild level of bitterness. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice IPA, a bit old school, but nice to drink, and its in a can!

Serving type: can

03-09-2014 04:17:41 | More by johnnnniee
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can. Received as a gift from BeerKangaroo. Thanks a million! Sampled on February 18, 2014.

The pour is a very soapy and heady copper color with a slight chill haze. Medium body.

This is an interesting beer and I will tell you why I think so. First of all I pick up a floral and hoppy nose with a few distant herbs and spices.

I was expecting more or less the same in the taste but instead there was this explosion of sweet brown sugar, nutmeg, and other sweet herbs and spices with the hops being more to the back ground. And the toasted malts were more notable in the flavor. Aroma-taste like night and day.

I liked it.

Serving type: can

02-18-2014 23:23:02 | More by puboflyons
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dsvanino

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-10-2013 03:59:27 | More by dsvanino
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bcm75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-22-2013 00:51:34 | More by bcm75
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden copper/tan, nice 2 inch foamy head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Orange, pine, Hop resin, sweet yeasts, citric fruits. A slight caramel malt backbone. Smells really fruity and sweet.

Taste - Starts off with a nice orange and piney bite, but has a decent caramel malt presence that I wasn't expecting. Not overly sweet but has a natural fruit flavor, not so sweet or bitter. Apple, some clementine and grapes round this out.

Mouthfeel - Really light on the tongue, has a semi sweet tang along with some sweet malts. Palate gets more fruits along with a herbal tea flavor. Aftertaste is light, fruity and slight bitterness.

Overall - Pretty good, really smooth, light and easy to enjoy. Has a west coast hop profile mixed in with a solid malt backbone. Refreshing and glad I got this in a trade, would drink again.

Serving type: can

11-17-2013 03:03:34 | More by wvsabbath
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-17-2013 02:46:13 | More by WVbeergeek
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-09-2013 00:18:25 | More by jzeilinger
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-09-2013 00:16:10 | More by Knapp85
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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-16-2013 03:36:21 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulpy, translucent amber brew with orange highlights that pours a creamy 1 1/2 finger head. Nice lacing, decent retention.

Sweet, floral aroma with caramel malts.

Nice balanced IPA: floral and citrus hops, with a strong but not dominant caramel malt backbone. Some pine and resin, and a dry hoppy finish. Strong peel/resin aftertaste.

Medium feel, very easy drinking, with a refreshing bite and nice oily hop residue.

This IPA is perhaps a little too malty/sweet for my palate, but it's refreshing, drinkable, and tasty. Everything about it is pretty good, but shy of great.

Thanks to BlackCloud for the trade!

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 20:34:04 | More by Roguer
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-08-2013 03:53:03 | More by JMBSH
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Reswald

Alaska

4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-04-2013 23:13:05 | More by Reswald
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denver10

Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark wooden caramel with an off white head. Aroma offers some floral, earthy, spicy hops, some fruitiness, and a toasty bready malt foundation. Flavor pretty much followed suit, though the alcohol does show a bit too much. A crisp, medium bodied active mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice IPA. Glad to have tried and would happily drink again.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 06:51:43 | More by denver10
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RyV

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-01-2013 04:10:10 | More by RyV
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unclekeith

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-29-2013 15:18:52 | More by unclekeith
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drinkAK

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-02-2013 06:40:46 | More by drinkAK
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-27-2012 08:39:14 | More by InfernoBoss
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jrpapajcik

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-08-2012 05:23:47 | More by jrpapajcik
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper-orange-amber with a big white head. Decent lacing.
S- The aroma is fairly sweet with some light caramel and toffee flavors and some fruity flavors. A bit of floral aromas.
T- The sweetness is less pronounced on the tongue. There is some apple flavor in there with some caramel as well. Pleasant but neither very hoppy nor sweet.
M- Crisp carbonation with a medium-light body to it.
O- A decent easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 03:23:15 | More by jsprain1
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ccrida

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a tumbler. All four of them were gushers, so be prepared. Turbid, dull, pale brownish auburn. Huge fluffy head.

Smell is very floral and fruity hops, pears, and a little caramel.

Taste is isn't as malty as it looks, the sweetness of the fruity hops and alcohol dominate, although there is a a firm bitter finish and lingering fruity hops. The alcohol is clean, but too obvious for my taste.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied. Not as chewy as it looks, but a little heavy i the belly nevertheless.

Drinkability is fine, but not great. The heat and sweet are a bit much, and at $10/4 12 oz cans, there are better options if you're looking for canned IPA.

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 01:17:26 | More by ccrida
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-12-2012 08:16:24 | More by ptarmigan98
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lakersfan16

Alaska

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-14-2011 03:19:08 | More by lakersfan16
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grumpy

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper colored, with an off-white head leaving lots of lace.

Aroma: Sweet toffee and buttery, with substantial floral hops.

Taste: Same as the smell - sweet toffee, very well balanced by the floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Almost a cask-conditioned texture with moderated carbonation and a medium full body for a beer of this type.

Drinkability: Very high - tasty enough to keep me interested, nice texture, and not a huge beer, booze-wise, at about 7% ABV.

All in all, a nice beer.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2008 21:03:01 | More by grumpy
Sunken Island IPA from Kenai River Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.