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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Reviews: 61
Hads: 93
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
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
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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 93
Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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 mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/07/12 notes. Thanks to MrChopin on RB for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, and light pine hops. Lots of oranges and fruity, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of oranges, lemons, citrus hops, fruity malts, and light pine hops. Not as strong as the nose, but still nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not a lot of bitterness, pretty easy to drink for the ABV.

o - Overall a nice DIPA from Alaskan. Some nice orange and citrus hops to it, would certainly have it again. (648 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Gavage
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark orange color with a one finger head. Thick surface coating lingers through the drink.

Smell: grapefruit and pineapple dominate with some softer earthy hop bitterness.

Taste: nice malt presence with loads of grapefruit, some pineapple, lemon zest, a bit of pine and some earthy notes. Bitterness is hearty. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium- heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and lightly dry at the finish.

Overall: a decent DIPA that is citrus centric. Easy to quaff. (534 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to this beer. It's a tad old, but that's what comes of hauling beer back to Australia from the US. Purchased from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a burnished coppery orange colour, brilliantly clear, with a firm and solid head of just faintly off-white. Lacing is speckled, but the retention is good. It really looks like a very suitable and stylistically good IPA.

Nose is herbal and sharp with clear American hoppiness, with a touch of strained dust and plastic too it, perhaps an example of the age. Earthy, slightly musty pepper characters come through as well, but not any genuine spice or piquancy. Interesting.

Taste is very sweet, almost wort-like, without a great deal of bitterness to pull it back. Caramel and barley sugar entry with a lingering hint of cough drops and menthol. Hops do appear mid palate, but they only lend a herbal twang and a slight citric astringency that again gets overwhelmed by the malt.

Not quite there, to my mind. Alaskan does some great brews, but this is heavy and thick without a huge amount of purpose. Of course, the aroma hops have probably died a little with the age, but that doesn't explain the under-attenuated body. It's still a decent brew, but I've had better from Alaskan, and better IPAs. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing goldenish orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles

S: Some citrus, zesty, Earthy, herbal

T: Has hints of fresh fruits; tropical and some citrus, Earth, some bread and caramel

M: Nice bitterness, medium body, good feel and taste

D: Average to good (306 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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%
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 Derek
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,028 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.23/5  rDev -9%
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 (345 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

424th review on BA
Bottle to tulip
22 oz.

App- A very dark orange with a one and half finger head. Small clings line the top of the glass

Smell- Fresh grapefruit with some lingering malts. A bit of fresh picked and cut green apple.

Taste- Way too much of an apple juice taste behind it. Slightly acidic with deeper malts. Was a bit different than expected but not in a good way. Was too in the middle of fruity and piney.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation with a residual green apple taste.

Drink- It's a very new DIPA. Not really piney or resiny or fruity. Just in the middle. I probably won't come back to this one. (632 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
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 mcallister
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (649 characters)

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Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.