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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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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 23
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-13-2008

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by don1481:
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4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of moundbz
4.94/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

IPA 1st with a great pepper after taste not spicy, very good

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BoozerBrad
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of Ashinpaugh
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of BlakeB
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Snow81
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of S_Weinstein95
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of HarryHood
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ElJosharino
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of humpty1602
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Rutager
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of itracy63
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.


Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of xdtfx
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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