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Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series)Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: harrymel on 12-06-2012)
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Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: Rich aroma with a good balance of strong malt and hops. Hoppy upfront with earthy hints of grass and pine. Hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, and lemon. Big sweet malt balance with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, and a mild hint of roast. Some noticeable scents of alcohol. A very solid balanced aroma that is big and sharp.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a big rich and sharp taste of hops and malt that is balanced. Starts with some sharp hops upfront with notes of earthy grass, spicy pine, and herbal notes. Citrus grapefruit, orange, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Strong toasty malt balance with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grain, yeast, and toast. Slight undertone of roast. A little alcohol taste is detectable. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat chewy. Fairly drying on the finish. Some alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A very solid red ale. Aggressive but well balanced mix of hops and malt. Even with a few months on it the hops are still lively.

MattyG85, Apr 06, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Lazaro, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a huge fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet nutty caramel malts and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malts with a big bitter piney hop finish and a little fruit and resin. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, nice balance of the malts and hops. I like it.

Beaver13, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Had in bottle and on tap at Pig & Fiddle Minneapolis
Resiny hop nose over sweet malt, floral hop spiciness and spiciness from the malts, biscuit.
Very pretty beer. Pours a deep garnet amber to chestnut under 2" frothy light tan tinted head that slowly dissipates to a thick film - lacy.
Palate: Starts with sweet malt and biscuit and rye spiciness along with some cardamom to cola. the initial sweetness lies between vanilla and jam like. There is a strong tea like bitterness along with citrus and citrus rind. Big malt, alcohol and hops that all end up balancing each other.
Medium full to full body, medium low carbonation, warming, oily.

pat61, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of RobertH50
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

RobertH50, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Shawner
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Shawner, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Sammy, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jheezee, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jmccraney, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body with a nice off white head. Settles to a nice collar and surface foam.

Smell - Grapefruit and pine hops. Nice caramel malt backbone. Smells good.

Taste - Has almost a hoppy American barleywine taste. The malt flavor is very similar. Aggressively hopped. Lots of deep caramel but not sweet. Medium bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Aggressive malt and hop character. I like it.

Alieniloquium, May 14, 2013
Photo of atalayafr
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden brown, pretty color. Nice head that slowly subsides.
S-Hoppy with alcohol content obvious in the smell.
T-A nice balance of hops but a bit overwhelmed by the alcohol. Finishes hoppy.
M-Dry.
O-Good beer. Better than ABC's normal line of beers IMHO.
S-22oz bottle

atalayafr, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GRG1313, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

fivetime, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of itracy63
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

itracy63, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium russet amber with a half finger off-white head that dissipates quickly to patch foam and a ring around the glass. Light aroma of bready malt and light piney hops with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is piney and citrus hops with light malt up front, fading very quickly to a lingering light piney hop bitterness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. The hops are pleasant and appropriate for a red ale, but they are not quite supported by the malt body. Finishes too abruptly, although the residual bittering and lightly aromatic hops keep it interesting to drink. In the end, a bit unbalanced.

LiquidAmber, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bigbeers84, Jan 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

grahammi, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of RyanK252
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

Bottle poured into Speakeasy Ales and Lagers pint glass

A: Pours a gorgeous deep ruby reddish brown with a little light brown head that fades quickly

S: bright citrus and tropical fruit hops and sweet roasted malt

T: Citrus and pine hops, some tropical fruit in there as well, well balanced with caramel malt sweetness, a little grapefruit and pine bitterness on the back end, and a little alcohol warmth going down though well hidden in the taste

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation

O: Was very happy to come across this bottle and even happier to drink it. Very tasty! I wish it was slightly lower in abv so I could drink more of it.

RyanK252, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +2.3%

CWhite, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Beerbuddy21, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of blakelive784
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep amber/blood red color with three fingers of soapy off-white head. Retention is very good give the high ABV, and the head leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

S - Spicy resinous hops notes counter the sweet malty notes. Balanced, though a bit musty.

T - Stale and musty hops dominate. Muted toasted malt. The hops are indistinct and uninviting. Imbalanced. Lacks body.

M - Strangely coarse and dry. Not ideal.

D - Not Alaskan's best offering. I'm not sure why they didn't base this one on the flagship amber. Won't be having it again.

blakelive784, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of LaLaSnite
3.56/5  rDev -9%

LaLaSnite, Aug 15, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

fergchri, Aug 24, 2014
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Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.