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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
88
very good

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: harrymel on 12-06-2012)
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Reviews by TheRealBigC:
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheRealBigC, Jan 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +2%

Lazaro, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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 +14.8%

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 MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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
Photo of moundbz
4/5  rDev +2%

big bitter and strong, malt with power hop

moundbz, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of RobertH50
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

RobertH50, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Shawner
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Shawner, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Sammy, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark red body.
The aroma is loaded with dark fruit, dry grains and spice.
The taste is mildly sweet at first, then quickly moderately bitter, tending towards a dry bitter finish.
The texture is crisp.
Quite enjoyable.

Fatehunter, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +2%

jheezee, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +2%

jmccraney, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +15.8%
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%

GRG1313, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

fivetime, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

MAUEX_MFA, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of itracy63
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

itracy63, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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
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Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.