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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
83
good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-13-2011)
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Reviews by jeff1973:
Photo of jeff1973
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Maudite tulip.

A - Hazy light burnt orange. Off-white head leaves decent lacing.

S - Peaches, mangos, a little grassy, sweet malts.

T - Again peaches and mangos up front, then a grassy sweet taste (reminds of sweet tea). Dries out a little, but very little bitterness in this one.

M - Medium low carbonation that gives a nice silky feel. Medium heavy body, what a big beer like this should feel like.

D - Medium high. Carbonation and almost no booziness makes this go down easy.

Not a Hop Bomb. A very subtle Imperial IPA heavy on the fruit aspects of the hops.

jeff1973, Sep 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

NWer, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Beaver13, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Jason, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

rhinonau, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

GilGarp, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

augustgarage, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of trappistlover
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

trappistlover, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

SpdKilz, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Rutager, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Docer
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Docer, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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

vandemonian, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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

JohnGalt1, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

jeffjeff1, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of HungarianCount
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

HungarianCount, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Beerbuddy21, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange amber beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smells sweet with a perfume like odor of herbs with spruce being the strongest. Light scents of pine and coffee. Smell is on the light end for the style.

Starts out sweet and woody herbal, tastes of cedar and spruce. Fairly strong butter flavor here. Quickly becomes more Barley Wine than DIPA in flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Good thick mouthfeel.

Drinkability is OK but I have 4 different beers in my refrigerator right now that I like better.

Zorro, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i haven't researched it -- but is it the PILOT SERIES because it is just sort of an experiment for sale? i will try other offerings from this brewery, but i probably won't buy this again. generally, in california there are too many great IPAs and IIPAs to choose from to buy a "B" twice.

pours a good filtered rich amber color with a decent head. the smell is the first indication that this beer is not quite there -- nothing jumps out at me -- mostly caramel malts in the nose -- almost no hops.

the bitterness level here is good, but not quite IMPERIAL -- this is like 1/2 of an IIPA -- the malt base is good if a tad on the rich and caramel side -- it is a very complex malt base and i think it is really flavorful and there is a dance going on with the hops here, and there IS adequate bitterness -- but it all sums up to a different, good, but OFF-STYLE beer for me.

well made -- but not a great IIPA. somewhere between an IIPA and an IAPA, or even an IESB.

colforbin73, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +10.2%

gatornation, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - dark and thick for an ipa. dark orange and rust color. pretty decent head half finger think nice and frothy and fluffy. large bubbles from the med - high carbonation.

s - tropical fruit and citrus. earthy and malty. slightly hoppy and bitter. sharp on the nose, yet still mellow.

t - tastes crisp and clean. tobacco and leather notes. not much translating from the smell. just a lot of hops. no real finish just the bitterness. i was expecting more.

m - again not much there. the majority of this beers essence is in the smell (and look while we're at it). relatively crisp and refreshing, ill give it that.

o - kinda disappointed but i guess hit or miss is name of the game here.

alenonbeeradv, May 25, 2011
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Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.