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Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPAAlaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-13-2008)
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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A very juicy and spicy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus and jalapeno peppers. Upfront scent of hot and spicy jalapeno peppers. Citrus hops with juicy hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, apricot, and pineapple. Earthy hop hints of grass and pine resin. Some floral hints as well. Background malt hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A nicely hot and juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, spicy, and hot hop forward taste with big notes of citrus, pine, and jalapeno peppers. Upfront taste of spicy jalapeno peppers which are hot but not overwhelming. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, passion fruit, apricot, and pineapple. Earthy and herbal hop presence with notes of grass and dank pine resin. Backing sweet malt presence with notes of caramel, grains, yeast, and cracker. A very solid and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very spicy and juicy. Somewhat chewy. Finishes dry with some heat from the peppers and booze.

Overall: A pretty solid combination of a imperial IPA and Chili beer. Big citrus and pine notes with a big but not overwhelming heat from the pepper.

MattyG85, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of don1481
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into the biggest glass I got.

Appearance: Pours a white head that rapidly diminishes and leaves very little lacing on the side of the glass. Lots of carbonation - vigorous bubbling. Pretty transparent, copperish color.

Smell: You definitely get the pine-sol notes of a double IPA but... yeah - definitely getting the jalapeno, but it's not as overpowering as I feared it'd be.

Taste: Maybe I'm off here, but this is really tasting like a double IPA... without pepper initially. I keep drinking this bad boy trying to get more than a very slight hint of the jalapeno, but no dice. Very odd. So, let's have this sit for a few more minutes and open up. AHA - THERE IT IS! Not overpowering, not distracting, but BINGO!! Also, the smell gets this as well. I'm glad I decided to wait a few minutes!

Mouthfeel: Very, very crisp and dry. Definitely a good mouthfeel to this one.

Overall: Until I let this open up a bit more, I was going to give this a much lower score since the pepper didn't show up right away. But... after letting this open up, it REALLY is good! Sometimes, folks, patience pays off with these unique beers.

don1481, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of kingmaker
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

kingmaker, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

Copper orange body with a small off-white head. Aromas of citrus and hops. Spicy peppers emerge more as the beer warms a bit. Jalapeño blends nicely into the flavor profile, rather than overpower. An interesting beer. Fun to try. Best in small quantities.

Huhzubendah, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Meyers1023, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Rutager
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Rutager, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

sansho, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of S_Weinstein95
4/5  rDev +6.4%

S_Weinstein95, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of xdtfx
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

xdtfx, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

valkyre65, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of claybob43
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

claybob43, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Ashinpaugh
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Ashinpaugh, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of ali1987
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ali1987, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kylehay2004, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of KnobCreek
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was not really impressed with this beer. Had higher hopes as I have liked some of their other beers. The color was nice, there was no real smell that I would expect with a pepper beer. Was not able to pull any of the pepper taste from the beer. As for the IPA beer itself, I would consider it just average.

KnobCreek, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of MikeDAdams
4.25/5  rDev +13%

MikeDAdams, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

KAF, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

cjgator3, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine back in late April for $8.99. Best before 7/30/14.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is citrus hop city, quite nice.

Taste starts with a nice bready malt backbone, grapefruit hops form the next layer, and a mild jalapeno chili dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty interesting twist on the double IPA style. The base brew is a nice recipe and the jalapeno infusion is done well.

arizcards, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +6.4%

This was poured into a borrowed snifter.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer gracefully.
The smell had a good combination of sweet citrus to spicy chile, just awesome, really.
The taste was spicy and sweet with a nice light combined spicy/sweet aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was sharp and hot with the chile taking a good effect to my tongue.
Overall, this was my first chile beer to review and it won't be my last. I am looking forward to ABC putting this out again.

SitkaSteve, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

SPII, Jun 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

EGreen, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

orangesol, Jun 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Texasfan549, Jun 14, 2014
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Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.