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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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68 Reviews

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 118
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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
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Photo of shaunb81
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this while on vacation in Juneau. Been holding it for a couple of weeks and I'm REALLY looking forward to cracking it.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful and rich red/copper with a nice one inch, off white head. Bubbling is medium and after a couple of minutes, there are some "tiny islands" floating on the top. Lacing is SUPERB in my snifter...

Smell - A little toasty and sweet on the front. Nice nose!! Me want more!! I get some earthy tones and a little citrus. Hops smell great. I want to swim in it...

Taste - I'm really digging the sweetness on the front and after about 2 seconds, the bitter, citrus hops kick in. I get a little sourness off of it too (not bad though). Me likee...

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is nice and there is a medium body to it. After about 2 seconds on the palate, there is a slight creaminess to it. Good God!

Overall - This Imperial IPA is one of the best I've ever had. Smooth, semi-sweet, and still glad that the hops aren't too overbearing. I love hoppy beers, but this one is just right. The drinkability is friggin' insane. Just wish I had a couple more to finish the night off. If you can get your hands on this one, don't sleep on it. Just reach out and buy...

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Photo of ebrauser
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a heady, medium-toned amber with a wet beige head composed of thick and sticky bubbles.

Aroma: Biscuity malt with a slight sting of hop bitterness. Raw hop oils become more fragrant and flowery.

Flavor: Bittersweet entry, reminiscent of the tartness of an apple. This leads to a bready and almost syrupy sweet middle. There s a yeasty spice left in the back of the through as the bitterness lingers through the finish.

MF: Thick and syrupy, with large flavors that allow you to take your time on this beer. Conducive to drinking slowly and thinking about the textures that develop.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a honey golden garnet hue with a nice pillowy white head that leaves a blanket of lacing.

Huge caramel malty nose here with ample biscuity and dark bread tones. Not a whole helluva lot of hops but some grapefruit citrus are noted.

Clean bittering hops are the show with some northwest citrus bringing the noise, that being said the malt bill holds it's own with a nice grainy biscuity breadiness.

Way creamy full bodied dry brew that is anything but cloying. Very refreshing for the abv, wow.

I would be willing to aquire this regular, Drink up!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant copper amber with a 1.5” cream colored foam cap that takes 2 minutes to recede to 1/3 its original size. The cap has a very fine bead and produces extensive lace. S: Some forest floor aromas with light fruit, a hint of citrus, light malt sweetness and some light resin. The hop aromas are medium to medium high, the malt aromas are medium to medium low, clean fermentation aromas. No diacetyl and no DMS. T: More fruit on the palate than the aromas would suggest. Above average hop aromas. Light to moderate levels of malt provide a layer of sweetness topped with a layer of hop based fruit, primarily melon and tropical. No caramel flavors but definite malt character. Has a bitter, lingering fruity finish. Excellent balance between the hop flavors, bitterness, malt sweetness and the alcohol. F: Very creamy, luscious mouth filling texture makes the medium to medium light body feel larger than it is. The medium to medium high carbonation is very fine and soft. O: An excellent, very well balanced beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Docer
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a 1 + finger of off white foam with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma is light and sweet with oranges, pine, and caramel malt.

Tastes just like it smells with oranges, pine, and caramel malt. Sweet with a good deal of bitterness for balance. I can see where some would think there is too much malt and not enough hops, but this beer works nicely for me as it is.

More than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Feels very smooth and easy to drink. I like this beer quite a bit because it is not just your standard IIPA that most other breweries make. I would gladly buy this again.

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Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: A pleasant aroma, though not at all over-powering. Grapefruit rind, pine, tangerine, toffee,

T: Grapefruit rind, nectarine, pine, lemon-grass, slightly metallic, sponge toffee, candied pineapple, pleasant bitterness, hints of alcohol warmth.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a light hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D: Very well-crafted. So balanced it seems more like an IPA and a half than a DIPA, yet it does have the strength. I could easily session this, then seriously regret it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeply burnished amber colour with nice foamy beige head, half a finger thick. Lace spreads in impressive curtains. Mild haze, mild bead. Good.

Smells kind of subdued. Floral hops mostly, with a distinct citrus belt, touches of aniseed, cake batter and some white pepper. Fresh, could be really nice but I really struggle to get a lot of aroma from it.

Taste is surprisingly sweet. Mostly malty and quite light with caramel-tinged cake batter providing the meat of the palate, front to mid with just a slight tang late on that segment, before hops make their presence implied with very subtle floral bitterness late, touch of frangipani and some orange peel. Palate is very, very smooth, with no rough edges, but I wonder if it's at the expense of big flavour? Probably not, because there's still plenty there. It just feels muted, overall, in spite of its mellow drinkability.

Smooth, full, creamy mouthfeel. Velvety. No rough edges at all. Almost archetypically smooth, in fact.

Yeah, really, such a nice beer that I wonder why the flavours are so muted. Something this charming could be brasher, more vulgar and more aggressive and we'd still take it home at the end of the night.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Pours amber with foamy, long lasting, white head. Aroma is of sherry, citrusy hops, biscuit malt, orange marmalade and hint of alcohol. Body is full and tangy. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and dry. Well made Imperial IPA.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass. Haha don't judge me I was at a friends BBQ.

A- Golden peachy hue, gotta mean its gonna be a good I. IPA, little off white egg shell head that runs away fast.

S- Hops, with some citrus notes, grapefruit, some nice malts in the back ground here and some spices.

T- Wonderful I.IPA, Starts off tropical from the hops used, warms from the booze then rolls down to malt, it finishes great in the mouth and the spice at the very very end.

M- Medium lite mouth feel here, not bad for the 8.5% ABV. medium carbonation.

O- A good I.IPA would drink this again. On the top category of DIPA and I.IPA

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Photo of Gambac
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Good carbonation, nice head from the outset

Golden amber, two fingers of head that took awhile to dissipate. Some lacing, really impressed by head retention

Hit with hops right away, caught some malt aroma on the backend. Definitely a smell in line with other IIPA's

Lots going on for taste, starts with a nice malt feel, continues all the way to some spice right at the end. Definitely more spice as the beer warms up, a nice touch

Thinner than I expected for mouthfeel, but surprising for 8.5%. Alcohol is muted to nonexistent, definitely a beer to share and surprise

Good to try once, might have another if offered to me. Still, a solid example of an Imperial IPA, and a good reflection of the style

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Photo of srandycarter
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost clear copper. Lots of near white head, TONS of lingering lace.

S - Tangerine and malt. Very light overall.

T - Nice malt bitter mix. Thinner than I would have hoped and not as hoppy.

M - Simple for a double IPA. Just saying.

D - Masks the ABV well and very easy to drink.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright orange hue which leaves a two finger head that recedes to basically lacing everywhere,i find the smell is a beautiful mix of resiny piney hops and honey malts with a touch of boiled candy and grapefruit,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and semi sticky but not full resinous like most other DIPA's ive encountered and the taste is very similar to smell with the sticky piney hops being on the forefront and lingering at the end and really make themselves known but its breaked up nicely by the honey malts,grapefruit,paw-paw,passionfruit and a nice touch of caramel and its ABV stays well hidden and overall its a nice brew thats no world beater but solid and enjoyable and yes i would buy again.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber today from Total Wine for $7.99. Best before 08/13/11.

Beer poured with a bubbly white head that is floating on top.

Nose is inviting, bready malts and floral hops.

Taste is dominated by bready malts with a decent balance from grapefruit and pine hops. Not catching a lot of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but not overly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer. It drinks more like a double APA than IPA. This has not been in the fridge long and is drinking at 50-55 degrees which i believe is bringing out the flavor profile.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/29/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, pear, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, pear, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt with large billowing light beige head that gets creamy as it settles leaving a full ring of lace behind.Pine in the nose along with sweet caramel malts.A real creamy feel for the style,it slides down easy.Pine and tangerine upfront on the palate with some caramel and breadiness in the finish.The more I drink the more I like,I even like the malty finish.it never get's to sweet for me.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich and surprisingly sweet strong hoppy ale.

Pretty golden amber color in the chalice. Sprightly on the tongue, though head is not long lasting. Very sweet, and rather acidic. Pineapple and sugar cane, but also tart apples and green papaya. The hops seem to accentuate the rich flavors but add a welcome bitterness. Aftertaste is more like a Belgian strong golden ale, kind of gritty and funky but more bitter.

Not the typical DIPA, and that's what I'm always hoping for. Difficult to pin this down to a style, but I find it delicious. More of a barley wine sipping beer. If your taste runs to the austere, piney, and heavy-hitter hop, give it a miss.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours a pretty ruby color, puffs up a big pail head, has a lot of very slow carbonation going on. Head fades fairly slowly. Not cloudy (fair amount of beer left in the bottle). Smell is bright and flowery, citrusy, sweet smelling.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side, definite hops presence, but a lot of honeysuckle flavor almost overpowers it. Meets the double/imperial IPA malt profile, but kind of shy on hops. Again citrusy and floral, a strange bitter aftertaste with almost a cough syrupy note to it (noticeable and not great, but not overpowering). For the style, I'm marking it down a little bit, but just as a beer, it's not bad at all. If I was looking for a super hoppy imperial IPA, this is not where I would turn, but it's a pretty good beer and I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden Amber color, great looking beer!

Scent: Hoppy scent with floral and citrus aromas

Taste: Definately can taste the fresh hops but a bit of a boozy taste is coming through.

MF: Great flavors, well balanced

Overall: Good beer, fresh hop floral flavor but a little too boozy flavor for me

Serving type: bottle 9.99 1pt6oz

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Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.