Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
146 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPAAlaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Jalapeño Imperial IPA is fresh from the onset, with a quartet of bright hops playing off zesty jalapeño heat. A lustrous head retains the citrusy combination of Centennial, Sterling, Magnum and Apollo hops. Fresh jalapeños are used for a pleasant aroma, full-bodied flavor and genuine picante kick. A sweet bready malt backbone provides balance to the peppery fire.

Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA is made from glacier-fed water, the finest quality Centennial, Sterling, Magnum, and Apollo hops, premium two-row and specialty malts, and a whole lot of fresh jalapeños.

Added by tpd975 on 05-13-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
146
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
23
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a light golden orange colored body with a half fingered white foamy head that dies at a moderate pace with some intricate almost spider web lacing graces the sides of the glass nicely. The smell is basically an AIPA with jalapeno combined and in my opinion, it combines very well as I get some bitter piney hops and yet the jalapeno comes out very well. The taste is basically the same - as the bitterness from the AIPA style invades the chile beer style and combines absolutely almost perfect. There’s a bitter piney yet slightly jalapeno aftertaste with a mild dry finish. On the palate, its about a light to medium, and comes across slightly sessionable. The carbonation seems like an AIPA and also like a Chile beer. Overall, in my opinion, this seems like an absolutely excellent hybrid between a Chile Beer and an AIPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours clear and amber, the head settling in at one finger; shards of lacing appear

Smell: Caramel malt, some heat from the jalapeno; piney hops

Taste: A touch of caramel at the outset, with the layer of sweetness underpinning; through the middle, piney hop flavors build, with the heat from the jalapeno arriving, after the swallow; the heat dissipates in the finish, which is overly malty

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I had some trepidations about this beer and was predisposed to dislike it; sad to say, my prejudices were confirmed

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Photo of bambam2517
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an immature tasting IPA with no hint of jalapeno that I can detect. It's a mess, one taste is watery, the next is boozy, but there is not even IPA backbone to speak of. It just wanders aimlessly bouncing off the walls so to speak

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Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rogerlb
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather clear and attractive amber. Hardly any head. Aroma is sweet, slight malt and fruit. Not really citrus-like hops, more earth. No real pepper or vegetable in the smell.

Taste is a sweet balanced IPA flavor. Citrus, some onion, some bread. Not boozy in the taste but it's "hot" in the feel; I mean in a booze way. Later in the sip I begin to get green pepper and some slight edge of bitter. Pepper heat comes in ever so barely. Heavy-handed this is not.

Nothing overpowers, basically great mouthful, a pine and slightly astringent aftertaste and light carb. The heat builds slowly with each sip and as it warms the jalapenos start to win over. If they were stronger it would seem like a trick; but at this level it's more of an unexpected taste of canned green peppers.

Shrug. In a blind tastetest of a short pour I'm not sure I'd ID this as a chili beer. Okay DIPA.

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Photo of keng1343
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chivermac
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of corywalston
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sparx1100
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JDizzle
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a deep amber in color, almost copper, with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with three inches of fluffy, creamy beige head that sticks around awhile and leaves some decent lacing.

I can smell fresh jalapeños. I also get a sweet malty aroma. The hops add a little citrus in the background.

It starts out sweet from the malt. Through the middle I taste fresh jalapeño. It finishes with mild citrus. The hops seem more complimentary than dominant.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a well done beer. No flavor overwhelms. The malt, the jalapeño, and the hops are all complimentary. I would have preferred more heat, but I am about to pours some Ghost Scorpion in the second half of the bottle. That should do it.

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Photo of scmtim
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a copper amber with a bubbly yet soapy off white head.

The smell was one one of some citrus hops and sweet malts.

The taste was a very nice balance of malts and hops.

Mouth feel borders on medium with a smooth easy finish.

Overall this fits the style of maybe a double IPA but definitely not a chili beer!!! Seriously this beer needs some work before it could be a chili beer. i mean seriously this one says it is brewed with Jalapeños but I got no up front or back side residual pepper spiciness. What I got was a nice hoppy beer with a great balance of sweet malts.

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Photo of 98green
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Look is on the darker side, copper and clear. Not much in the smell. Maybe some light hops. Taste is pleasantly bitter, but the hops are more traditional piney bitter rather than juicy/fruity. The jalapeño spice kicks in with a warming tingle that lingers. It isn't overwhelming, but you know it is there. Surprisingly it isn't too malty. Maybe I even taste some rye? Not much alcohol burn. Feel is solid. Overall nothing extraordinary, but it is a well balanced IIPA that features the spice well. I ticked up my ratings a couple points as I worked through the pint. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/4/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass; with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, jalapeno pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops, jalapeno pepper, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, jalapeno pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy bitterness and light-moderate pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange zest, jalapeno pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops, jalapeno pepper, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present; only light pepper heat as well, which does not build up too much through the glass. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around good juicy citrus/pine hops, jalapeno pepper, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the modest pepper flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jtaylord
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcrunch
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeysun23
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drinkAK
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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