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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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83 Ratings

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-13-2011)
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Photo of skridgeus


2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was going to do a proper review for this beer... but am not going to as it is not worth the effort. This beer looks fine. It smells fine. I thought that it was going to be fine until I tasted it.... This beer is not worthy -- just a big alcoholic mess. Don't walk, run away from this DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 21:46:15 | More by skridgeus
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 01:16:56 | More by GilGarp
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 04:09:00 | More by Beaver13
Photo of kawilliams81


2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- light copper/orange color. Little head with some lacing.

S- spicy/herbal with some sweet malts.

T- spice and earthy/piney hops come through upfront with sweeter malts, and grassy/weedy bitterness.

M- rather thin for a Imperial IPA.

O- pretty weak attempt at the style. Would put this in the lower half of DIPA's that I have had (and the list is large). Would not try again or recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:52:10 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of vitALEity


2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light amber

S - kind of metallic, a bit too much alcohol, mild pine

T - too sweet for a double IPA, metallic after taste and a bit too much alcohol comes through

M - sharp/carbonation

O - an ok imperial but doesn't compare to west coast CA doubles that I'm used to

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 00:55:51 | More by vitALEity
Photo of ArrogantB


2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $9. Wow, I split this with two friends and we were unanimous that this sucked. It looked good, orange, decent head and lace. It smelled subpar for something that is supposed to be hoppy. The flavor was very alcoholic and unenjoyable, no hops. Maybe this doesn't travel well but for $9 I expect a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:58:51 | More by ArrogantB
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 03:22:39 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of ccrida


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Alaskan Imperial IPA is a chill hazed burnt gold / pale auburn with a small off-white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is spicy, resiny hops, some malt sweetness, not super intense. Earthy, a stemmy aroma, kind of a mix between potting soil and peanut butter. I kept waiting for this to open up as it warmed, but it never did.

Taste is really pretty malty, with not nearly the pungency of hops that I prefer in the style. It seems a little dirty from the alcohol, thick from the malt, kind of extract style.

Mouthfeel is on the drier side, but comes off as thicker, heavy.

Drinkability isn't too high for me. Not my style of DIPA, really more like a double pale, with lots of malt, noticeable alcohol, and unimpressive hops. Probably the most disappointing brew I've had from this otherwise top tier, very consistent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 03:37:08 | More by ccrida
Photo of harrymel


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber ale with hazy appearence. Single finger caramel head falls to sheet of same quickly. Spot lace.

S: copper and crystal malts. Some pIne and citrus hops. Hint of copper.

T: sweet malts. Grapefruit. Bitter. Nice.

M: hi body and hi carb. Nice.

O: decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 05:51:58 | More by harrymel
Photo of brotherloco


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz Bottle. Looks like a best by date of 08/13/11

Pours a deep copper color, slightly hazy with some cascading carbonation. Finger of foam settles to a razor thin light beige head.

Smells on the citrusy side of DIPAs. Grapefruit and lemon zest. Bubblegum. Faint caramel malt. Fairly light though, doesn't smell like a hop bomb.

Hmm, taste is kind of the same. Nothing Imperial in the flavor until the finish where the bitterness kicks up and some alcohol comes through. Seems like an average citrusy standard IPA for the most part.

Body never gets above medium, some crispness from the carbonation.

I suppose if this was billed as an IPA the score would be a little higher, but this one doesn't really fly as an Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:43:13 | More by brotherloco
Photo of MADhombrewer


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks like this 22oz bottle has a "best by" date of 08 13 11. Poured into a Laurelwood slender wine glass.

Appearance- Dark and hazy cooper color. Off white head with very good lacing. Not the best looking DIPA I have seen. 3.5/5

Smell- Lots of grassy hop aroma with, also, a lot of caramel malt to go with it. I am not to sure about this only because I tend to like my DIPAs on the drier side. 3.5/5

Taste- Lots of earthy flavors. Grass, (I hate to say this) dirt, and maybe some wood. There is some hop flavors but I think the malts over power them. There is very little citrus to it. At the end of each sip there is some sweetness to it. Too bad. 3/5

Mouthfeel- This is borderline grainy. Too thick as well. 3/5

Overall- I am a little disappointed in this. I really like Alaskan Brewery and was really looking forward to this beer. I thought it would be a lot clearer in color, more hop aroma, and a drier flavor. This will not turn me off from Alaskan by any means, I just don't think I will get this again. 3/5

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 03:06:17 | More by MADhombrewer
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 02:21:41 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz poured into a Tulip

A- Bright, clear orange with a huge fizzy off-white head. Good lacing.

S- Grassy and Pine

T- Citrus, but also a bad metallic taste.

D- Huge carbonation and good mouthfeel.

O- I really wanted to like this one. Did I get a bad bottle. I tasted off, but not terrible. The metallica aftertaste made my teeth hurt. sad

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 01:10:09 | More by HuskyinPDX
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:33:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of waltersrj


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Two Bells Tavern Seattle next to the famous "Tavern Burger."

Pour: deep orange/amber, somewhat syrupy looking with a very minimal bubbly white head that quickly dissipates into itself and leaves a small oily ring around the edge of the glass. The lacing is like cobwebs around the glass which must be from it's oily pour.

Nose: Slight pineapple, lemon grass, minimal pine and slight citrus orange zest.

Taste: Not what I expected. It starts out like those pineapple candies that have jelly inside a hard shell. Transitions into lemon grass, slight wheat tinge, lemon zest and slight grapefruit rhind. Everything seems dull compared to most IIPA's but that pineapple candy taste is strange and won't leave my mouth. The aftertaste is half candy half soap.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, on the oily side of IIPA's and minimal carbonation although I see bubbles rising up.

Overall: Not the best IIPA, pretty boring really and one dimensional. That weird candy/soap taste won't leave but I needed to try this one. Decent but not worth buying in a bottle IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 00:14:51 | More by waltersrj
Photo of Aldenby


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

S-bottle 22oz

A-very clear, nice bright orange with an off white head, better than average lacing

S-you get the malt and hops but you have to dig for it as this beer does not put off a huge aroma, you can smell the alc. as this is an imperial.

T-high alcc. is my first impression but cut next with fresh hops and a good malt flavor, leaves a sticky feeling in my mouth, good but cloying for me.

M-like I said starts dry and becomes a little sticky/cloying feel.

D-would not turn this down but could only have two or three pints at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 04:05:34 | More by Aldenby
Photo of azdback


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Spaten glass. A very transparent copper color. Medium carbonation bubbles. Head is two fingers of bright white that quickly diminished into a bit of lace.

Smell is sweet hops. I think it smells mostly like pineapple and orange or tangerine. No alcohol smell at all. Some yeast or bread smells come late.

The taste is not what I had expected from Alaskan for this style. Initially sweet malts, but not the hops I was anticipating. The yeast profile is bold and not so tongue loving (lin my opinion). Really kind of weak for a DIPA.

Minimal carbonation, a tad on the watery side, but not terrible. The hops, which are not very present in the taste, are definitely wreaking havoc on my tongue at this point. A slight nutty oiliness.

For the most part, I was a little disappointed in this one. Alaskan has put out some really solid beers. Their Baltic Porter and Barleywine, as well as the Smoked Porter, are all very good beers, but this one leaves a lot to be desired. That being said, I am still glad to have sampled it.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 06:01:55 | More by azdback
Photo of ygtbsm94


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-23-2012 18:12:18 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of mcallister


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden copper colored but with little movement. Nice head fluffy and resilient leaves sticky lace abound and doesn't want to fade to oblivion.

Sweet tarts, tropical fruit, light citrus and pine. Peach, pineapple, orange peel, and lemon zest. Caramel malts with some earthy tones and bready aromas.

Odd DIPA. Very easy going, not overly aggressive. Nice malt to hop balance. Caramel malts with bready undertones lead to citrus and tropical hop flavors with a hint of grass on the finish. Some orange marmalade in the middle, guava, lemon, and grass. A bit sweet on the finish as well. Carbonation lacking slightly hurts the body and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 21:20:09 | More by mcallister
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:13:17 | More by alenonbeeradv
Photo of Nugganooch


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Excited to try a new DIPA that rolled into to town and well I just don't see it having much success here in SoCal.

A: Pours a hazy burnt caramel color - almost orange in hue. Nice 2 finger khaki tan head with some minimal lacing.

S: Real spicy nose. Herbal. Earthy and floral pine. Aroma is pretty muted here.

T: Nice big hoppy bite but rather sweet. I think the hops do eventually win the fight. Hops are very earthy pine, spices, and floral herbs. Caramelly sweet malt is in full effect though. ABV's make an appearance and it does crisp up a little on the finish.

M: Overall creamy texture with a medium heavy body and some decent bitterness. This is definitely a big brew.

D: Drinkability was pretty low with the big rich chewy filling malts and while the hops are abundent I would have liked a bit more fruit flavor and aroma with a much lighter body.

Glad to have tried but at $8 a bomber there are much better offerings available to me that I would rather spend my dough on. In the end just too sweet and not my fav in hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 19:42:51 | More by Nugganooch
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

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:08:06 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Halcyondays


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a burnt orange with a light medium white head. Very good lace as the style should have, solid head retention.

S: Strong grapefruit and orange notes, a bit boozy, but a nice scent overall.

T: Dominated by a hop flavour of grapefruit and cantaloupe which is nice if not particularly intriguing. Just too boozy at times, the flavour is just OK. Not bad, but OK.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp, nice aftertaste, the ethanol makes it's presence known in the flavours but not here in the aftertaste and finish.

O: I finished the half pint fine, but that's really all I want.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 21:01:43 | More by Halcyondays
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 04:04:59 | More by augustgarage
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 02:26:51 | More by Zorro
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Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.