Pie Assassin | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by hozersr on 03-28-2018

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by ninaturner:
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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a creamy looking pastel yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like lemon meringue, pink grapefruit, passionfruit, orange creamsicle, and weed.

I'm not entirely sure of the ingredients here, other than 100% Galaxy hops. There's probably some oats and lactose and all that sort of stuff that makes IPAs like this taste so t h i c c . The lemon and orange flavors are reminiscent of both lemon meringue and orange creamsicle, with grapefruit, and dank passionfruit, with a hint of bitterness. This tastes like a cross between a hop cone, a cloud, and a slice of pie- it's great.

This is soft, fluffy, and so drinkable, with a good level of carbonation.

I have been such a huge fan of Anchorage. I always thought their main scheme was putting delicious saisons and wild ales in my mouth, but it's now also clear they can brew a mean IPA. They are super underrated and one of the best breweries in the world.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – One finger head on a very hazy deep yellow body.

Aroma – Strong citrus, heavy on the lemon. Hints of white pine.

Taste – Heavy bitterness with accents of pine that fades to bready malt with a little citrus hint.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy.

Overall – Although I don’t get “Pie” out of this, it was a pretty good beer in its own right.

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Photo of Srf19106
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today is the ocCANsion of New CANned Beer Through Tavour Sunday (Week 693) & I am super stoked to be opening a CAN from Alaska as a part of the day! If only I had some salmon jerky to go with it ...

From the CAN: "'watch your back, jean ...'" Hmm. Rather cryptic. Ah, it turns out that it is a nod to M. Brouillet of Tired Hands since this beer was a collab with that brewery.

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug, but it was hopeless from the outset. This was another hazebro AIPA! At some point, I threw caution to the wind & gave it a rather heavy-handed Glug since it did not matter. Man, the head came puffing up to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention. The color was an impenetrably cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). It looked like a liquefied Lemon Meringue Pie! Haha. They killed it! Nose was quite citrusy, lots of grapefruit & lemon, but with an added tropical sweetness. Hmm. This has worked in some examples that I have had recently, so perhaps not all is lost. Mouthfeel was big, soft & creamy. OMFG, the initial bitterness really caught me by surprise! Not only grapefruit & orange, but a good bit of pine resin and some tropical fruitiness! I was not expecting it to have that level of bitterness, but it was a welcome change from the tropical smoothie hazebros that are all too common in this style. Warming, the tropical fruit flavors became a little more assertive, rounding the edges from the initially extreme bitterness. At least one reviewer mentioned "Creamsicle/Dreamsicle" & that is close, but not spot-on. The lactose definitely adds a creamy dimension, but there are too many other flavors going on to really be evocative. Finish was dry & bitter, just the way I like my AIPAs, even if it did look like a smoothie milkshake.

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Photo of MileHighBeerMike
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, really liked this! The color is amazing and nose is pleasant. Grapefruit meets passion fruit...worth your taste. Cheers!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived in a heavy cardboard box surrounded by different beers sent by connecticutpoet.

16 oz can, no date, poured into glass solo cup.

Really juicy hazy color, the cap is large and white and creamy, and the appearance is reminding me of the lemon meringue pie on the can art.

Lots of fresh, floral, fruity hop on the nose. Lemon, yes, and some grapefruit and pineapple. Slight pithy orange and nectarine as well.

The flavor is almost there for me. So close! But there's something lacking or off. I'm getting lots of astringent bitterness to start, perhaps the bittering hop could have been smoother; then some ever so slightly vegetal, leafy, grassy hop flavors; lime juice (may be the culprit); a wallop of grapefruit; toasted honey; slight orange peel, and finally some herbal flavors.

Feel is carbonated and burning (alcohol). Resins and alcohol dryness cling to the palate.

Overall, a pretty good beer. I'm tasting this lime thing and realizing that I really, simply don't like lime in my IPA's. Funky Buddha does it, Parish does it, and now Anchorage. Eh. Still pretty tasty, I can easily hit the ignore button on the lime juice and finish this beer in bliss.

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Photo of PDinunzi
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhlosito75
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow, hazy body; thin yet creamy white head. A distinct citrus aroma but with other berry-like qualities; pineapple. The flavors start with a light malt flavor and quickly explode with a sharp, spicy hop bitterness and then an intense grapefruit and tangerine citrus presence. Medium body; creamy but with an overall pin-prick sharpness on the palate; some residual sugar sweetness but mostly a dry-like finish.

This beer is well-balanced and complex, presenting a nice, hazy NEIPA look with a very sharp, almost abrasive level of hop bitterness and bite. The citrus-like qualities nicely level things out.

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Photo of rspauldi
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amguerra305
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy crap, there was a juice explosion when this can was cracked. Pours a pale straw yellow orange color with a meringue white head that slowly dissipates. That initial juce explosion dissipates from that high peak. Kind of citrusy and tropical like it should be. Taste follows the smell with no bitter back end. Nothing special about the feel but nothing off either. Overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snaotheus
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can served in a big snifter. Dated 03-15-18, "LEMON MERINGUE". I think given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours super hazy pale orange-gold with a big head and lots of carbonation. Smell is lemon/citrus, very lush.

Taste is super juicy, tropical, lacking in flat-out hop characteristic, but quite tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of rab53
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matthew_R_Pearce1
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Juicy, but not overly hoppy, yet packed full of flavor. The "Juicy" IPA scene is really developing in the Pacific Northwest and this is an excellent Juicy IPA. If I had to compare it to something, I'd probably say Ex Novo's Juicy In the Sky With Diamonds (Portland, OR) or Fort George's Fields of Green (Astoria, OR). This stuff is hella good!

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Pie Assassin from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 24 ratings