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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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very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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 TheRealBigC:
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3.53/5  rDev -9%

As a fairly big fan of big reds, this one doesn't quite stand up to the greats. Much like the pale ale from their pilot series, it's a bold effort but it isn't quite excellent. I like the hefty hop character, but it seems slightly out of balance with the malt. Not in a way that makes it unenjoyable, but in a way that won't make me seek it out in the future. Some may like it a lot, and if I came across it at a bar again I may very well order it again.

01-20-2013 03:33:04 | More by TheRealBigC
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-04-2013 04:10:36 | More by Lazaro
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3.88/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-05-2013 05:26:03 | More by Beaver13
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4.21/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

04-06-2013 07:00:36 | More by MattyG85
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-26-2014 01:39:47 | More by RobertH50
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

11-10-2013 15:47:29 | More by Shawner
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

09-09-2013 02:27:37 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-04-2014 03:03:59 | More by jheezee
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-06-2013 04:12:12 | More by jmccraney
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3.81/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

05-14-2013 00:36:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.54/5  rDev +17%

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.
O-Good beer. Better than ABC's normal line of beers IMHO.
S-22oz bottle

02-27-2013 04:55:33 | More by atalayafr
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-24-2013 00:03:49 | More by GRG1313
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-30-2013 06:30:07 | More by fivetime
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-24-2014 05:38:40 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-02-2013 01:55:02 | More by itracy63
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-14-2013 00:20:32 | More by Hopmodium
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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

03-31-2013 03:39:45 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-01-2013 10:01:10 | More by bigbeers84
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

07-10-2013 22:55:24 | More by grahammi
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4.45/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

08-26-2014 02:26:24 | More by RyanK252
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-17-2013 22:33:43 | More by CWhite
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-30-2013 20:06:24 | More by Beerbuddy21
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2.78/5  rDev -28.4%

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.

12-31-2012 04:40:21 | More by blakelive784
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3.56/5  rDev -8.2%

08-15-2014 01:36:33 | More by LaLaSnite
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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

08-24-2014 02:49:23 | More by fergchri
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Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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