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Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series)Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series)

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BA SCORE
81
good

63 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 102
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-13-2011

With three additions of Summit hops in the kettle and dry-hopped with Mosaic, Topaz and Simcoe, this fairly dry brew is extremely aromatic. You may detect notes of Asian pear, passion fruit and pine, with a maltytoasted nut and toffee aroma. The “juicy” hops taste combines with strong herbal notes, and complex tropical fruit to balance against the delicate malt build in this beer.

80 IBUs
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 102
Reviews by dwilson01:
Photo of dwilson01
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a pale orange-ish golden coloration to the body, and a thin sandy off white head to top it.

The scents are unmistakably hoppy, a pinnapple citrus type fruit aroma combined with a nice pale malt backbone to round it out.

The flavor is pretty solid, it starts out smooth and sweet almost like an orange cream dessert and then breaks into the more bitter hopiness of the brew which has a good citrus-pine taste. The back end is rounded out by a sweeter malt aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is great, very solid and smooth at the same time, a nice balance to the pungent hops. (629 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful dark golden color into my chalice. Nice head retains well and settles into a typical DIPA foam layer - thin and clingy around the edges.
From there, it's down hill but not drastically. It would make a good IPA but barely makes it as a DIPA.
In a word, it's rather boring. I expect more from a good DIPA.

edit: as the beer warms a little and the flavors unfold, I am growing to like this beer more. I moved my original scores up a notch to reflect this. It definitely improves as it warms. (510 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. Pours a dark orange amber with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - a little sweet malt and some perfumey hops.

The flavor is subdued too - some sweet bready malts with some spicy minty hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not very impressive for a DIPA. It's way too subdued. (391 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed pale amber, excellent lacing.

SMELL: Candied orange peel, mint, figs, alcoholic esters, bready malt.

TASTE: Pulling hop flavor, leafy, medium body, smooth, mint, spearmint, cigar tobacco, orange cordial, warming alcohol, estery, dried tropical fruit, bitter finish.

Hits all the right bells and whistle to be a DIPA, good balance and a sipper. A bit cleaner and perhaps replacing or toning down the Amarillo hops with some other hop would have been better here. (518 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma if full of citrus fruit, with a ton of orange and pineapple notes. I also get a little bit of biscuit malt. The flavor is also very fruity. I get a ton of pineapple, orange and apricot notes, with just a hint of malt. The bitterness is fairly high due to the lack of malt in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (432 characters)

Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and floral hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus, grass, and caramel. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, passion fruit, and melon. Earthy hints of grass and pine as well as some floral hints. Malt hints of caramel, toffee, grains, and yeast. A pretty good smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with good notes of citrus, grass, and caramel. Upfront citrus hop notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, melon, passion fruit, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop notes of grass and pine resin. Backing malt notes of caramel, toffee, cracker, grains, and yeast. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty solid take on an Imperial IPA. Good juicy hop flavor with a solid sweet malt backing. (1,053 characters)

Photo of moundbz
4.54/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark gold to light tan with ample white head, 1.24" in size. Aroma was seemingly Cascade hops coming out of it, they went old hop school here, it seems to be only the C hops of old, nothing proprietary hopwise going on. Well maybe Simcoe, but that's just because its so bitter.

Yes, bitter. And it has the malt body to not make it poor in taste, it simply doesn't impart the hop mouthfeel/flavor. I know, its something I write over and over, but I think it really gets to the point when you say an ipa (especially double) is really bitter but not imparting hops. Like they dry hopped with pennies as much as hops. Thankfully, this isn't thick resiny sticky, which also many of these bitter bombs seem to indulge in moreso. Astringent instead of imparting any notions of fruity like hop flavors and aromas. Of course Alaskan doesn't seem to bottle date in any discernable sense for the average consumer, so who knows if freshness was an issue.

The single IPA Alaskan makes is so much more aromatic and enjoyable. (1,028 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Alaskan IIPA is a copper color with good clarity. The head is about an inch thick with a straight pour but it settles quickly. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is more boozy than hoppy. Not enjoyable.

Flavor is strong and bitter. There is some citrus but it's not fresh and zesty. The malts are more dominant in a sense because of how boozy it is.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with "hot" alcohol character.

Overall this is far below many of the others in this category. A big disappointment after spending $9. Never again. (564 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Slightly hazy tangerine liquid with two fingers of active beige sponge. Good retention, and sticky/messy lacing.

Light pine, faint citrus, and woodsy bitterness in the nose. Restrained C-hops throughout.

Moderately bitter, earthy/spicy/herbal palate entry, which grows sweeter from malt, then drys out in the finish without any astringency. Faint citrus and pale malt (?) in the aftertaste. Has a mild NW IPA profile overall. Some esters from alcohol come forward as the beer warms up.

ABV is well hidden. Well carbonated, medium-bodied, and vaguely creamy.

Not bad, but not especially impressive example of the style. Works well with food (in this case, it paired well with broiled asparagus, broiled salmon, couscous with parsley) in any case. (820 characters)

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle). Pours hazy copper color with 1 finger off-white head. Active carbonation. Aroma has pine, grapefruit, and papaya. Taste is sweet malt with hop bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture although the head adds a creamy element. The head still remains and the lacing is really more of a coating on the glass. I didn’t have much expectation considering their regular IPA (which is not an IPA), but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a pretty good beer. Nice job. (481 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to DarthKostrizer for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a rather darker hazy amber color into a tulip. Slight off-white head is achieved with a moderate pour that leaves spotty lacing.

Smell – Slight hops, mainly sweet caramel, bready malts, and floral aromas.

Taste – Taste is dominated by the sweet malts and bread flavors. Just a hint of hops and pine, with a little bit of grapefruit citrus. Overall, dominated by sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, a bit harsh.

Overall – Somewhat disappointed with this, and would like to see the brewery try this again but with MORE hops and LESS sweet malty caramel backbone. (671 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber with a finger of sticky, pale yellow head.

Smell. Grapefruits, pineapple, caramel, some toasty grain.

Taste. Toasty grains and caramel, grassy hops, pine and tangy grapefruit are present. Alcohol there, but not out of control.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. A little syrupy.

Overall. Not too shabby an IIPA. Lots of tropical fruit and hops. (412 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a clear shiny copper penny. Spot on really. Nice couple fingers of white dense fizz.. leaves a nice thin blanket kicking around.

Smell: (3.5)
- I am really liking the smell. Very fresh floral and grassy notes. Touch of fruit, caramel malt.. it's not very revealing. Just fresh and mild in smell. I bet it's hiding a lot more.

Taste: (4.5)
- If you win points for balance as a beer, this one takes the cake. I am thoroughly impressed with this imperial ipa. I would have to say that this is one of my favorites to date. The balance is impeccable. Great light fruity touch to the hops, with a wonderful fresh grassy bitter hop flare. It's like that reintroduction to a crisp fresh lager that one would remember from a long time ago. Great biscuity caramel malt rides along simply and is not overpowering. Great beer.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated.. bit sticky but not too much. Lightly warming though not overly strong. Fresh taste leaves a fresh mouth feel. Lightly chewy.

Overall: (4.5)
- Like I said.. this is one killer imperial ipa. I hope this can be found over and over exactly the same as this bottle I have right here. It's perfectly balanced and has one of the best hop profiles for my taste. Get it! (1,266 characters)

Photo of itracy63
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vandemonian
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alaskan Imperial IPA was disappointing. It wasn't especially hoppy and it tasted oxidised.

A: Orange colour and not much head 3.5

S: Sweet malty nose with some citrus hops. 3.5

T: Piney citrus hops and a good malty base. Oxidised aftertaste. 3.5

M: Undercarbonated. 3

O: 3 (287 characters)

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the COOP yesterday... I think it was about $8. Poured into MNFG... fairly aggressive pour produced a 2 finger very long lasting sorta yellowish/lite tan head... the brew is very clear orange.... great crusty lacing for the entire glass.

Nose is punctuated by a big blast of citrus zest.... tangerine and meyer lemon... a little bit of malt sweetness.

Flavor begins with a brazing citrus oil hoppiness... resinous and bitter from mid palate to the finish... a lite malt sweetness makes me think crystal more than just residual malt... pretty balanced really.

Body is medium with a good standard carbonation.

I would have preferred this one to be a touch drier, but it is still very nice and bursting with fruity freshness right now.

4.5/4/4/4/4 (774 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber. Half a finger head with light lacing. Aroma of light hops and malt. Nice citric hop and malt start, but a very astringent middle with an unpleasant almost metallic aftertaste. Medium bodied. I don't know why this was so subpar for me, maybe a bad bottle? An uncommon miss from Alaskan. (377 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up about a week or two ago at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- golden amber color, thick foamy head, nice lacing

Smell- citrus and piney hops

Taste- citrus and piney hops, well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was very good. I definitely will have it again. (313 characters)

Photo of HungarianCount
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.