Hop Turn
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,124
Ranked #37,102
3.7 | pDev: 7.57%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Notes: Our Hop Turn IPA also takes its inspiration from Europe – using a Pilsner malt for a distinctive old-world taste. With a floral, peppery, lemony aroma, crystal-clear pale straw color, brisk flavor and lively 7.5 percent ABV, Hop Turn is a radical take on an American IPA.

45 IBU
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 87 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken a while ago:

Rich golden yellow to orange honey, depending on where viewed in glass an lighting. Extreme chunky haze, mostly opaque. Lemon-white heavy, rocky foam head with great retention and fair lacing. Grassy-sweet, with orange juice, citrus rind, somewhat metallic, and a little fresh-baked bread to smell. All of that on the palate, except with citrus and other tropical fruit to the front, and piney, herbal, and soapy hops taking the place of the latter two. A bit too much going on and out of balance for my tastes. Which is not atypical for a bigger IPA, although I’ve had 100+ IBU beers that were nearly perfect. It’s mainly perfumey and soapy hops I don’t care for too much (maybe it’s the same thing going on with my general distaste for most actual perfumes and soaps, stuff makes my eyes burn and my nose run). Unfortunately, that’s what you usually get with these otherwise amazingly fruity IPAs. Give me pine sap or dank and brothy vegetable stew any old day. Still, I can appreciate it for its complexity, and a quite peppery retro-olfaction somewhat redeems it. Full-bodied, fine and prickly to creamy suds, astringency to match its bitterness, heat to match the sweetness.

Apr 08, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure why i thought this was going to be a belgian ipa, there is very little yeast character to it at all, must have had my information backwards. the beer is not all that distinct as strong ipa goes, but its very fresh and tasty, and very alaskan. in some ways it reminds me a lot of their other hoppy beer, less bitter, more crisp, a little oily, and with a lot of the fruitiness and citrusy hop elements coming on more in the middle than towards the finish. its crystal clear and orangey, nice to look at, and there is a light sweetness to the nose that seems equal parts hop oils and residual malt sugar. the hops are not quite bold enough for this strength and sweetness level, although i like the balance. its almost like an imperial american pale ale or something, with lots of body but more of a balanced hop complexion. easy drinking though for what it is, and crisp in the finish for how sweet it starts. i could see this being a lit better as the snow melts in early spring than it is this time of year, i think thats when it was released anyway. its held up very well since then though, and i liked this a lot. glad they put it in a bottle.

Aug 07, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Pours out with a nice off white frothy head. Sweet aroma, mild citrus notes. Taste follows the sweet notes, some grapefruit tartness, mild soapy notes. Medium weight, slick. Sweetness lingers.

Jun 06, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan's Hop Turn for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something hoppy and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.

A- The label is nice, it goes with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a hazy orange and amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with just about a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they are a little on the light side and they impart a mixture of fruity, floral and green hop aromas with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart a nice bready, bread crust, biscuit, pale malt and slight caramel malt like aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, but I wish the hops stuck out more.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart a unique mixture of citrus, candy like, floral, green hops and spicy hops that come together to make a unique flavor, but the hops are still on a little of the lighter side for the style. Up next comes that doughy yeast which leads right into the malts which impart the same malty aspects that I got int he aroma with the bready aspects sticking out the most. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of low bitterness with those hop flavors lingering in the aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, the hop profile is a little unique, but I wish the hops were a little more intense.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a solid example of an IPA, for the most part it was pretty true to style and I liked that the hop profile was a little unique, but I couldn't help notice that the hops were a little lighter than they should be in an IPA. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink two, but I would get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer is the mouthfeel, it's good and it works well with this beer. What I like the least about this beer is that the hops didn't impart a little more flavor and bitterness. I don;t think I would buy this again, bit I wouldn't turn one down, it's not a must try, but if you like your IPA's a little on the lighter side it's worth checking out. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think if the hops were turned up another notch it was be a pretty good IPA. It's not a favorite Alaskan Brewing beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid IPA.

May 27, 2016
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle, drank from a snifter.

Look: clear golden color, very thin white head, light lacing
Smell: citrus, tropical fruit, hint of caramel malt
Taste: juicy fruit flavors- mostly citrus, faint tropical notes as well. not a ton of hop flavor or bitterness; tastes good, but doesn't really fit the style.
Feel: lightly carbonated, medium body, smooth. very easy to drink.

Overall: good beer. I'd drink again.

May 24, 2016
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up at the COOP, but is all over town.. Pours perfectly clear golden.. white head and decent retention.. Nice bright piney PNW hoppiness with some background pithy grapefruit.. Clean and balanced bitterness... Fruity hop flavors with warmth.. Finishes across the bard pretty quickly for a bigger boned IPA.. Nice.


Apr 28, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/28/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, melon, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey/nutty, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, melon, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey/nutty, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, melon, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very unique IPA with all German malts/hops; but it works very well. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 09, 2016
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TheBrosy from Wisconsin

3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden with a nice slightly off-white head that slowly dissipates. Fairly clear.

Smell: Citrus smell from the hops, and a slight scent of caramel from the malt.

Taste: Quite malty for an IPA. The caramel malt is definitely noticeable, although the hoppy bitterness does come through later.

Mouthfeel: Light pleasant profile. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty bog standard IPA. Nothing really stands out and the flavor profile is a bit odd. With so much saturation in the IPA market space, there are defiantly better choices out there.

Apr 07, 2016
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OrtheusMaximusRex from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A = A blonde with tinge of tan color, some white head that relaxes and leaves some lacing
T = Bright, unique compared to other pale ales and IPAs, some fruitiness with tropical influence
M = decent carbonation, not as much malt as many IPAs, thinner than that, 'thicker' than a session. A nice choice for if you're not looking for a BIG beer.
S = citrus and tropical, not much pine to my nose. One evening after having a few other beers first I opened one and poured and it was very pineapple-rich. nice

O = 3.9

Mar 23, 2016
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both great! Melon aroma with a floral hop. More grassy, but not very strong. I definitely get the pilsner taste to it with a grassy hop to it. Lemon is evident. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat astringent aftertaste. Haven't tasted anything like it. It is refreshing and bitter at the same time. Different but good.

Mar 12, 2016
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obrike from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting...tastes like a pilsner/IPA hybrid. Not sure I'd classify this as an IPA, but since that's what the brewery did, it needs to be rated as an IPA.

Because of that, I can't really recommend it as an IPA to seek out. As a pilsner/IPA hybrid, it ain't bad. Certainly hides the 7.5 flawlessly.

Mar 09, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with citrus and pine.

Mar 06, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A paler IPA. Mild aroma, slighly citrusy, grassy, and floral. The taste has pears, alcohol, bitterness, melon, and pepper. Between the alcohol and the spice this beer leaves a warm aftertaste. A really good, different take on the IPA. Dials back the hops in favor of a subtle, unique approach. Would gladly drink again.

Feb 21, 2016
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E-McFarden from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden amber with chalk white short lived head. Minimal lacing.
S: Floral and grapefruit aroma hops. Biscuity and slightly carmel malt notes. Light on the nose
T: Sweet caramel maltiness at first with subtle piney bittering hops. Alcohol is well masked by the well balanced flavors.
F: Heavier on the palate than expected. Average carbonation. Finishes with medium dryness
O: Overall very balanced for the style. Definitely one of my favorite Alaskans.

Feb 12, 2016
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Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with half a finger of white head this retains for around a minute and leaves behind some decent lacing.

S: Aromas of pine, pepper, citrus, melon, sweet malts, caramel, and floral hops. There is also a strange rubbing alcohol or paint thinner smell that I can't quite explain. The brew doesn't smell bad, it actually is quite nice but it f***s with my mind and has made me slightly light headed. Sort of smells like a strange white IPA.

T: Flavors of orange, grapefruit, melon, cantaloupe, lemon, pepper, sweet bready malts, and caramel, as well as grassy, and spicy pine bitterness from the hops. Nice tasting brew.

M: Light bodied, with a fairly high amount of bubbly carbonation. Very crisp, with a smooth finish. Refreshing and easy to drink.

O: This is a fairly nice IPA. The smell is strange, one part very nice, one part headache inducing. But it has some nice balanced flavors to it and is a very nice choice if you want to have quite a few as it has great drinkability. A good brew that I can occasionally pick up for around $10.99 a 12 pack, which is a very nice price for an above average beer like this one. Overall a good brew that I will drink again, and is definitely worth giving a try.

Feb 11, 2016
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unclekeith from Alaska

3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New 12 oz former into a goblet - 3 months before "best by" date

L: Crystal celar straw color, thin white head
A: Not getting much hop aroma, a bit of malty sweetness
T: Again no real hop presence, a bit of bread sweetness, not a whole lot going on
F: Medium carbonation, medium body, true to style
O: A fine beer, but I don't consider it an IPA

Feb 06, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by: 4/30/16.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of candied citrus zest, pine needle, earthy hop, and slight nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, pine needle, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid flavors, but the slight nail polish remover aroma is a bit unexpected.

Serving type: bottle.

Feb 05, 2016
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle that said enjoy by 4/15/16. Look is pretty plain, light copper coller with just a little bit of foam that leaves sudsy lacing few and far between. Really straightforward looking and smell and taste both reflect that, some faint grain, a little bit of laid back malt. The beer has a surprisingly full body to it and is quite refreshing, by the book actually. This beer is nice, and its playing it safe. Really safe. To be honest, exceeded my expectations in the process. I like to try everything once, and there aren't too many things that strike me as unique about it that would keep me coming back whatsoever. But sometimes the beauty is in the simplicity. I can tell its marketed towards the casual beer drinker, but this non-casual drinker can still appreciate. Not bad at all, no shame, would drink again, maybe just another single if I have to. Cheers!

Feb 02, 2016
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princessbay710 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It kind of just falls flat. In a few seconds you'll have a nonexistent head. The smell is the best thing about this beer, it's bright citrus and piney. The mouth feel is probably turning me away from the taste more than it deserves.

Feb 02, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and piney hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus and spice. Citrus hops with a scent of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, and melon. Floral and herbal hops with hints of pine and a pepper like spice. Malt hints of grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and piney hop driven taste with notes of citrus and spicy pine. Juicy citrus hop notes of lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, and melon. Herbal hop notes of pine with some peppery spice. Also some floral notes. Backing malt notes of cracker, grains, caramel, and yeast. A pretty nice zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a West Coast IPA. Good juicy lemon citrus flavor.

Jan 27, 2016
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Harn_SOLO from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lemon taste with light yeast and pepper in the mix. I like the dry hopped finish as well. Could be drank as light session, but with a good quality 7.5% ABV. Definitely a nice choice of a beer as Spring season approaches.

Jan 27, 2016
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Joosboyd from Alaska

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Clear, dark yellow/light orange color. 2 finger, dense head, slightly yellow in color. Left a nic lacing.
S: Piney and citrus, a bit of bread smell.
T: Mellow bite after first, with a sweet Brady finish.
F: Very smooth. Easy to drink. Not sticky, but has a good mouth coating.
O: A little lack luster in smell. Otherwise very enjoyable. And for 7.5% abv it is a very drinkable beer.

Jan 26, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's back in 12 ounce 6 packs. Best by April 15th 2016.

Pours a clear gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has piney and grassy hops with a hint of lemon zest. Malt bill is mild to the nose; a bit of bread and caramel.

Though certainly hop forward in the taste, I find more of a balance than what the smell suggested. Grassy, notable pine, again. .hints of lemon zest.

Malt brings some bready notes and a wee bit of caramel sweetness.

Smooth lightish body makes it an easy drinker.

This is a very welcome addition to my IPA rotation.

Jan 16, 2016
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gilgar from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a growler full back in February 2015 in Austin, Texas. It came with a free growler.

It had a clear, pale yellow, straw color. Poured nicely with not much head to it at all.

I noticed a lemony, peppery kind of floral smell that was rather pleasant.

It went down pretty easily and tasted just fine like an IPA should, not too bitter, but enough to let you know
the hops were there.

Aug 23, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Fine, I'll say something on this.
This was in a sample glass at the brewery.
The appearance was a nice clear yellow to golden color, slight transparency about it to allow a nice moderately rising carbonation about it.
The smell had a fairly decent weird lemon to citrus drying sort of thing going on.
The taste was there with a semi - sweet sort of drying bitter hoppiness coming all around in the flavor.
The mouthfeel had a really dry citrus aftertaste and finish.
Overall, decent AIPA, would I have again? Only if I could have a ton of water on the side, why is this so dry?

Sep 03, 2014
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