Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
03-15-2014 04:05:36 | More by don1481
2.63/5 rDev -30.2%
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.
07-15-2014 02:54:53 | More by KnobCreek
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
07-05-2014 00:40:04 | More by arizcards
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
07-03-2014 08:23:13 | More by SitkaSteve
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a handsome orangey amber in the Einbecker pilsner glass with a long-lasting frothy foam. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth as well, with a slick mouthfeel. The chile aroma emerges after warming up just a little and is really inviting and fragrant.
This is one of the sweetest big IPAs I have ever tasted. It seriously makes me think of jalapeño jelly. The heat is very modest and there is just a little chile flavor. Some roasted barley taste with toffee and a dark grainy flavor. Some bitterness but the hops get lost in the peppery heat which finally makes a shy appearance.
Overall this is quite drinkable, though it would be much better with less sugary taste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at QFC Market in the Seattle University shopping center.
06-13-2014 06:47:02 | More by mactrail
3.96/5 rDev +5%
Pours with a proper tan head. Color is amber with hues or orange at the edges. Aroma consists of subdued citrus hops and surprisingly aromatic jalapeno notes. The jalapeno seems to overpower on the tongue a bit at first but some citrusy hops and sweet malt ride in to save the day. Medium bodied and mostly smooth. I must admit for reasons of transparency, that I'm not a big fan of jalapenos, but wanted to give this one a go to see how it worked. Despite my aversion to aforementioned pepper, I thought the beer was well-crafted and well balanced with no signs of contrivance.
06-04-2014 00:14:54 | More by stephens101
Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.