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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88
very good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: harrymel on 12-06-2012)
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Reviews by srandycarter:
Photo of srandycarter
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, reddish brown, amber, nice near white head, TONS of cling lace. Inviting.

S - Light malt and hops, somewhat metallic. Fruit in there too, but everything very subtle.

T - Nice deep rich malt, backed well by hops.

M - Medium body, creamy, well balanced and good carb.

D - Even at this abv, would session. Nice beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ozBomber.Very run of the mill beer.Lot of reds out there that are a lot better.

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.

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.

Photo of moundbz
4/5  rDev +2.3%

big bitter and strong, malt with power hop

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RobertH50
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Shawner
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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

Photo of jwerner23
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of itracy63
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.