Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
A- nice copper color with a decent off-white head and good lacing
S-caramel malt, citrus, pine, slight fruit
T-caramel malt, fruit, citrus, pine, light spice
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, alcohol well-integrated
O-easy drinking for the ABV
07-20-2014 21:24:52 | More by MDDMD
4.29/5 rDev +10.6%
• Poured from the bomber into a belgian style tulip (from the Libbey 6 pack of beer glasses from Target). Pours a straight up gold from the bottle, in the glass it's a very deep, dark reddish bronze with a three finger head that just won't quit. Sticky lacing, almost a root beer float-esque perseverance on this collar of foam, but more dense, of course. Lacing continues to impress as the head thickness approaches 1.5 fingers with a plateau in the center. This is a highly attractive beer.
• Raisins on the nose, liquid bread, potent enough for my bum sniffer.
• I've been hoping this would finally be the amber/red that I could get behind. It totally is. It tastes like all the reds I've had before but that nasty sweetness is just subtle enough to be enjoyed, and is, for once, well balanced out by the hops and alcohol.
• I've never thought of myself as being qualified to judge mouthfeel. I don't know what I'm looking for. All I know is this one is pleasant, so I'm rating it positively. Any cicerone's reading this that would like to give me some pointers on evaluating mouthfeel, please feel free to shoot me a message.
• Great beer. It makes my sardine burps far less unpleasant. I'm being serious! I don't think I'll be buying anymore of this due to the bomber/value issue, as well as availability concerns, but if this beer made a comeback in 6 packs I'd definitely pick it up. Worth a try!
01-16-2014 23:43:30 | More by Hop-Droppen-Roll
4.11/5 rDev +5.9%
Oskar Blues G'knight anyone? Yea this shit tastes exactly like it...
A - brown/red color that's crystal clear if you look close, 3 fingers of off white head that sticks around forever and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
S - Nice caramel malt with a citrusy malt immediately balancing it out. Cinnamon in the background, brown sugar. This guy smells nice.
T - Great tasting American Red Ale. Tastes like citrusy hops (papaya, mango, pineapple), with caramel, brown sugar and cinnamon balancing it out. Great beer. I want to put it head to head with G'knight.
M - Medium - heavy. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is cinnamon sugar, caramel malts, light citrus hops.
O - This is a pretty great beer. For the price it's not so great tho, Oskar Blues G'Knight is right up there and is 15-20 cents less per ounce.
09-26-2013 00:43:39 | More by ISmith87
3.53/5 rDev -9%
Beautiful glowing dark coppery brown color in the Duvel tulip. Nice head to start. Surprisingly light bodied but plenty tingly on the tongue. Smells like alcohol and cheap brandy with some fruit cocktail.
Sharp and hoppy. This tastes stronger that the ABV. Maybe it's the light malt and the hot hops that give this the tangy boozy taste. There is a fruity taste, like peach schnapps, some burnt sugar, and rum. Very rummy and quite sweet, though cut by the glowering hoppy bitterness.
I guess you could call this an after-dinner drink. Just needs a cigar. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at The Bottle Shop in Santa Barbara.
09-05-2013 06:30:11 | More by mactrail
4.06/5 rDev +4.6%
a: dark copper and caramel, almost purple. hints of ruby red. frothy 2 finger off white head that is unevenly fading away
s: caramel, fig, pine resin, sweet malt. hint of pineapple, smells slightly yeasty. nice and clean
t: for me, a slight let down from the nose. bread and bitter. the bitter is piney and earthy - like tea leaf. the sweetness comes from the caramel malt which almost fades to a brown sugar flavor. there is like a sweet syrup flavor on the backend.
m: fuller side of medium, and very syrup-like. the bitterness fades quickly, and your mouth is left coated with the syrup-like flavor
o: the bitterness is a little too one dimensional for me, but the malt sweetness is nice. it gets a little better as it warms. reminds me of a mellow American barley wine. would be a nice sipper to end your night on, but i wish there was just a little more complexity here to the sweetness.
07-21-2013 03:40:06 | More by hopsputin
4.25/5 rDev +9.5%
At a recent bottle share, the beer poured a murky maroon color with a modest head. As one might expect, the beer had a sturdy malty aroma with some spicy notes laying in the background. On the initial taste, one might discover this to be better than the average imperial red. Notes of ginger, brown sugar, burnt malts, and a certain spiciness occupy the initial taste. From this point, the taste evolves into a tart dry malt aftertaste. I believe ale was a little too thin for the style, as it just would not linger long enough for me to enjoy. In the overall scope, I like this one a great deal
07-19-2013 12:16:31 | More by JohnnyHopps
4.09/5 rDev +5.4%
Was saving this one to pair w/ crab legs as the label bears a crab. Picked up a pound of King legs yesterday but failed to put the bottle in fridge. As my wife put the legs on the grill I packed my bottle amongst my other coldies. Subsequently it was basically enjoyed at about 70 degrees.
Went very well w/ the crab legs, good aroma, mouth feel, etc. I would certainly like to try it chilled down a bit more but was very good at basically summer room temp in a shaded campsite in Southern Wisconsin.
Nice hearty color and body not typical of ordinary reds but totally expected from the great Alaskan Brewing Co.
Served decanted to pint glass, less aggressive pour as beer was warm, so lots of head though w/ good body.
07-08-2013 01:26:58 | More by BurnMeInMyBar
Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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