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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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26 Reviews

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 25
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

Style | ABV
Chile Beer | 8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-13-2008

This Jalapeño Imperial IPA is fresh from the onset, with a quartet of bright hops playing off zesty jalapeño heat. A lustrous head retains the citrusy combination of Centennial, Sterling, Magnum and Apollo hops. Fresh jalapeños are used for a pleasant aroma, full-bodied flavor and genuine picante kick. A sweet bready malt backbone provides balance to the peppery fire.

Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA is made from glacier-fed water, the finest quality Centennial, Sterling, Magnum, and Apollo hops, premium two-row and specialty malts, and a whole lot of fresh jalapeños.
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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 117
Photo of unclekeith
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 version in a Teku

L: Crystal clear amber with minimal siege head
A: Some citrus with a pepper chaser
T: The jalepenos blend nicely with the bitterness, more pepper flavor than heat, lips are tingling a bit
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, alcohol we'll hidden
O: A very interesting beer - a balance of heat and bitterness

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #88 (May 2014):

Malty, Fruity, Peppery

Disclaimer: We love chile beers. Pours medium amber with a creamy. long-lasting head. Aroma is spicy, peppery, and malty. Creamy on the palate, lively carbonation, with green chili, over ripe citrus fruitiness, chalky, bitter, dry, and a lingering pepperiness. Good, but we were hoping for a more pronounced jalapeño experience and a touch of heat that should come with it; to help distinguish this beer from other Imperial IPAs.

STYLE: Chile Beer | ABV: 7.9% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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Photo of KnobCreek
2.65/5  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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of stephens101
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before July 30, 2014, this edition is 8.5% abv.

It pours a clear reddish gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

Ooh, them hops smell nice. Lots of grapefruit with some pine mixed in and then the jalapeno moved in. The smell is delicious.

I don't get as much of that hoppy goodness in the taste as the jalapenos dominate. I also get a bready malt flavour that I didn't get in the smell as well as an earthy feel.

The taste is pretty much 180 from the smell. The heat is mild but the alcohol is a tad too noticeable; should be the other way around.

Nice mouthfeel here but drinkability is on the lower side.

Overall, me thinks it's a good brew that could have been close to awesome if it tasted like it smelled. Sorry to harp on that.

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Photo of JerUrbans
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium dark amber with nice fluffy white big bubbled white head.

Smell is clean with a hint of heat. Grapefruit and pine as well.

Wow taste is way different than the smell a huge Jalapeno flavor but not too much heat. The jalapeno is the star of this one very flavorful. The jalapeno blends well with the citrus and hop.

Mouthfeel is light and little hot at the end.

If you love the flavor of fresh Jalapeno you should love this beer. Would be great as a cooking beer with all the great flavors it has.

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the yard house

Pours a white head with nice lace. Color is a golden orange.

Flavor profile: Fresh jalepenos, bready malts, pine and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter with a little spice to it.

Overall, nothing overpowering in the spice category, but a nice little kick. The jalepenos really stand out here and make it so it is tough to find other flavors.

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Photo of BoozerBrad
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: good visibility, typical IPA coloring, good/silky carbonation
s: smells like jalapeno with a hint of hops
t: interesting taste...jalapeno flavor is not overpowering and there is some of the normal IPA bitterness; tastes like a beer and not an experiment with jalapenos!
m: no heat...and that's a good thing. if i wanted heat i would drink a bottle of tabasco!
o: this is a solid effort to make a jalapeno beer. it looks like a beer and tastes like a beer. i would prefer more hoppiness in the taste with a little more subtle jalapeno flavoring. this is a good beer

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a fine, one finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of neutral malt, light grassy hops and a hint of hot pepper that is more soapy than tingling. Flavor of bready malt, light citrus, light stone fruit with building hop bitterness and hot pepper, finishes with a lingering mild, but distinctive jalapeno pepper flavor and light burn. Medium bodied. A mild mannered chile beer with a malt body that is closest to an amber, with interesting, but not distinctive chile pepper esters and a mild hotness. Surprising lack of hop flavor, although there is a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Kind of misses the mark for an imperial IPA, but satisfactory for a light chile beer. Pleasant, but not memorable.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It's a good looker, though that matters little to me. Active, great clarity, orange/amber. Fluffy white head at first, but it fades fast.

The smell does little for me. It's not bad, but not that good either. It's basic. I don't get much hop aroma at all, and certainly nothing chili like. It's kind of oniony and grainy, with vague hop influence. I can feel a wee bit of boozy ester. It's okay, nothing special, and quite lacking in the hop area.

Again it's oniony and grainy, with not a lot of hop presence for an IPA. Eventually I taste some malty sweetness, but there can't be much crystal in this. I would have never guessed there were chills in this if it weren't in the name, and still it's a stretch to say that I detect any. I sorta kinda do, but wouldn't say that if I didn't know. And that's not so bad, as the peppers should not be too too prominent in a beer, I think, even if it is in the name. The booze is detectable but not mostly hidden.

Well carbonated, medium body, easy drinker.

It's not a good thing when appearance gets the highest score of all the categories. This beer is pretty average. Well made, I suppose, but it just doesn't have a whole lot going on in the hop department, and they are calling this an Imperial IPA. I don't expect to drop bomber price cash on this again. I don't even know that I would recommend trying it once. I have to, it's my closest regional brewery. I had heard it was "pretty good", but I would say "it's okay." Maybe a little better than okay, but not worth $9 a bomber with so many better DIPAs on the shelves.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and jalapeno aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and jalapeno flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a jalapeno presence that adds aroma and flavor without any discernible heat.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Picked this up a week or two ago from the COOP... finally got up the courage tonight. Pours a crystal clear orange with a 1/2" off white head that showed good retention and splotchy lacing.

Nose is pretty big fresh jalapeno aroma.. big chili aroma pummels the hops and is sorta magnified by the residual pale malts... Doesn't really smell "hot".

Hmmmm... Interesting, better than the nose led me to believe... Citrus hops bring this into the IPA realm so does a mild tropical fruity hoppiness.. chili flavor is there, but the "heat" really doesn't translate as much as expected and I am thankful for that.

Body and carbonation seem about spot on... no flaws.

I am a pretty big pussy when it comes to chilies, but this was very approachable even for me... I actually like it quite a bit. I honestly don't see pairing it with food the way may people will; instead I see it as a nice palate challenge and appreciate it by itself.


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Photo of ArrogantB
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was apprehensive buying this because I haven;t had much luck with Alaskan bombers but the thought of jalapeno and IPA was just so tempting. I'm actually glad I bought this even though it will be a one and done purchase. Color was orange, great head. Aroma was jalapeno pepper, strong jalapeno pepper. Flavor was pretty much the essence of a jalapeno pepper with a bit of bubblegum and citrus from the IPA trying to peek through. This also had no heat to it at all that I could detect. Overall a very interesting take and a worthwhile purchase.

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Photo of Apolloliquor
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint glass, the pour produced a decent head but didn't last particularly long. A light copperish color that didn't impress, but wasn't defective. The smell is what you would expect. A pepper nose mixed with citrus and a bit of grass? The taste was solid. I'm not a big chile beer guy, but the mix of hops and pepper was somewhat interesting. Felt pretty good in the mouth with good body and a lively finish. Overall is was a solid beer. Not extremely interesting aside from the pepper notes that you would expect. Definitely better than something like cave creek.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eh.... chile beer? very weak. jalapeno, I suppose, is... just a novelty ipa with some chile added to it. crummy commercial beer color, minimal head. decent ipa, I suppose but could use some more heat. don't they have anything stronger in Alaska? I can dig the heat, but there is very little of it. prefer a bit more...

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle stamp info:
C 073014

Dark gold body with a fluffy, sticky, white head. Nice citrus-like hop nose. Very good light malt flavor with a decent hop bitterness; a very faint chili heat and flavor at the finish. Medium bodied; crisp, clean, dry finish.

A very respectable IPA but lacks the depth of a DIPA and/or a chili beer. Among other things, the smell is excellent for an IPA, I just expected to get some sort of chili scent and the chili flavor is extremely subdued. So, for a beer advertising itself as a jalapeno featured chili beer, this falls way short. As a standard IPA, this thing is pretty damn good. As a DIPA, it lacks some of the extreme punch one might expect. But you can't get around how generally tasty and flavorful this brew is, so that's why I gave it some relatively high ratings in some areas. Worth checking out and making your own opinions.

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Photo of don1481
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-ish colored beer that appears more like a brown than an IPA. Has nice, feathery lacing with decent head retention.

The smell isn't very strong and is more elusive than one would think. Citrusy hops with no bitterness detected. Almost floral. The hops come through as it warms.

This has a stronger taste of jalapeno's than it does heat. Very nice delivery with citrus and the jalapeno's balance out the hops quite well. The after taste gives a hint of resin in the hops. What is really pleasant is that the heat is very distant and doesn't overwhelm the flavors a la Ballast Point's Habanero Sculpin. There's little carbonation but the after taste lingers for awhile. This is for someone who likes the pepper quality instead of the heat quality.

Apparently this one is un-retired as the bottles are quite fresh.

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Photo of shivtim
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Usually I don't like chile/spicy beers, but this one was quite good.

Clear amber, lots of bubbles. Small foam off-white head. Nose is spicy jalepeno seeds. Taste works surprisingly well. It's a nice balance of gentle jalepeno juice with nice lingering hops. Unique and mildly spicy. Solid mouthfeel and drinkability. Probably the most creative beer Alaskan makes.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample in the Alaskan tap room. The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Stringy lacing. Aroma of hops and fresh peppers. Medium-bodied with a solid hops foundation and the jalapeno pepper flavor more subtle than expected. Touches of sweet malt here and there as well. The finish is bitter with a slight pepper aftertaste. I am honestly a little gunshy with chili beers (as anyone who has ever tried Cave Creek will attest). Still, while I appreciate the experimentation that goes into a beer like this, it is not something I would go out of my way to try again.

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Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.