Jalapeño Imperial IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Jalapeño Imperial IPAJalapeño Imperial IPA
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American Imperial IPA
3.79 | pDev: 11.08%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Jalapeño Imperial IPAJalapeño Imperial IPA
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 148
Photo of RAFH
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 22 ounce bomber bottle dated 7/4/16 from Crockers in Niles Michigan for $8.99. Didn't have any pepper smell.....bummer. Taste was clean and delicious but very little jalapeño pepper taste either. Good IIPA but not for 9 bux per bottle.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -6.1%
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 -16.1%
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 Rogerlb
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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 buschbeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BeerBobber
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 +1.6%
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 +2.9%
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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i have too often made the blanket statement that i am not a fan of chili pepper beers, but lately ive found myself eating (drinking) my words quite a bit. my palate is changing or these are getting better. i liked this a lot, i think the imperial ipa with all the hops and body is a perfect base beer to showcase these peppers which are fresh and green and stuff and waxy rather than roasted and seeded and charred up. i like the freshness, and i think it works with the hops to bring the best features out of each other. there is a little heat on the front of the tongue, but its gone before the swallow and doesnt linger at all, i had no problem with a glass of this. the smell of the peppers is really authentic and robust too, i love the way they are out in front, but i also like the sweeter richer grain base going on here. medium crystal malt gives some biscuit and toffee notes, makes this more of a meal. hop bitterness is there in the end with the pepper heat again, synergistic. this whole pilot series is always good and affordable, and this is another great beer in it. one of the few pepper beers ive found myself thirsting for more than one of. well done all the way around, even if the base ipa lacks some distinction, as a platform for the jalapeno its just right.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 version in a Teku

L: Crystal clear amber with minimal siege head
A: Some citrus with a pepper chaser
T: The jalepenos blend nicely with the bitterness, more pepper flavor than heat, lips are tingling a bit
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, alcohol we'll hidden
O: A very interesting beer - a balance of heat and bitterness

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #88 (May 2014):

Malty, Fruity, Peppery

Disclaimer: We love chile beers. Pours medium amber with a creamy. long-lasting head. Aroma is spicy, peppery, and malty. Creamy on the palate, lively carbonation, with green chili, over ripe citrus fruitiness, chalky, bitter, dry, and a lingering pepperiness. Good, but we were hoping for a more pronounced jalapeño experience and a touch of heat that should come with it; to help distinguish this beer from other Imperial IPAs.

STYLE: Chile Beer | ABV: 7.9% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

Copper orange body with a small off-white head. Aromas of citrus and hops. Spicy peppers emerge more as the beer warms a bit. Jalapeño blends nicely into the flavor profile, rather than overpower. An interesting beer. Fun to try. Best in small quantities.

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Photo of KnobCreek
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was not really impressed with this beer. Had higher hopes as I have liked some of their other beers. The color was nice, there was no real smell that I would expect with a pepper beer. Was not able to pull any of the pepper taste from the beer. As for the IPA beer itself, I would consider it just average.

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Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine back in late April for $8.99. Best before 7/30/14.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is citrus hop city, quite nice.

Taste starts with a nice bready malt backbone, grapefruit hops form the next layer, and a mild jalapeno chili dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty interesting twist on the double IPA style. The base brew is a nice recipe and the jalapeno infusion is done well.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +5.5%

This was poured into a borrowed snifter.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer gracefully.
The smell had a good combination of sweet citrus to spicy chile, just awesome, really.
The taste was spicy and sweet with a nice light combined spicy/sweet aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was sharp and hot with the chile taking a good effect to my tongue.
Overall, this was my first chile beer to review and it won't be my last. I am looking forward to ABC putting this out again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a handsome orangey amber in the Einbecker pilsner glass with a long-lasting frothy foam. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth as well, with a slick mouthfeel. The chile aroma emerges after warming up just a little and is really inviting and fragrant.

This is one of the sweetest big IPAs I have ever tasted. It seriously makes me think of jalapeño jelly. The heat is very modest and there is just a little chile flavor. Some roasted barley taste with toffee and a dark grainy flavor. Some bitterness but the hops get lost in the peppery heat which finally makes a shy appearance.

Overall this is quite drinkable, though it would be much better with less sugary taste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at QFC Market in the Seattle University shopping center.

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Photo of stephens101
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a proper tan head. Color is amber with hues or orange at the edges. Aroma consists of subdued citrus hops and surprisingly aromatic jalapeno notes. The jalapeno seems to overpower on the tongue a bit at first but some citrusy hops and sweet malt ride in to save the day. Medium bodied and mostly smooth. I must admit for reasons of transparency, that I'm not a big fan of jalapenos, but wanted to give this one a go to see how it worked. Despite my aversion to aforementioned pepper, I thought the beer was well-crafted and well balanced with no signs of contrivance.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before July 30, 2014, this edition is 8.5% abv.

It pours a clear reddish gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

Ooh, them hops smell nice. Lots of grapefruit with some pine mixed in and then the jalapeno moved in. The smell is delicious.

I don't get as much of that hoppy goodness in the taste as the jalapenos dominate. I also get a bready malt flavour that I didn't get in the smell as well as an earthy feel.

The taste is pretty much 180 from the smell. The heat is mild but the alcohol is a tad too noticeable; should be the other way around.

Nice mouthfeel here but drinkability is on the lower side.

Overall, me thinks it's a good brew that could have been close to awesome if it tasted like it smelled. Sorry to harp on that.

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Photo of JerUrbans
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium dark amber with nice fluffy white big bubbled white head.

Smell is clean with a hint of heat. Grapefruit and pine as well.

Wow taste is way different than the smell a huge Jalapeno flavor but not too much heat. The jalapeno is the star of this one very flavorful. The jalapeno blends well with the citrus and hop.

Mouthfeel is light and little hot at the end.

If you love the flavor of fresh Jalapeno you should love this beer. Would be great as a cooking beer with all the great flavors it has.

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the yard house

Pours a white head with nice lace. Color is a golden orange.

Flavor profile: Fresh jalepenos, bready malts, pine and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter with a little spice to it.

Overall, nothing overpowering in the spice category, but a nice little kick. The jalepenos really stand out here and make it so it is tough to find other flavors.

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Photo of BoozerBrad
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: good visibility, typical IPA coloring, good/silky carbonation
s: smells like jalapeno with a hint of hops
t: interesting taste...jalapeno flavor is not overpowering and there is some of the normal IPA bitterness; tastes like a beer and not an experiment with jalapenos!
m: no heat...and that's a good thing. if i wanted heat i would drink a bottle of tabasco!
o: this is a solid effort to make a jalapeno beer. it looks like a beer and tastes like a beer. i would prefer more hoppiness in the taste with a little more subtle jalapeno flavoring. this is a good beer

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a fine, one finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of neutral malt, light grassy hops and a hint of hot pepper that is more soapy than tingling. Flavor of bready malt, light citrus, light stone fruit with building hop bitterness and hot pepper, finishes with a lingering mild, but distinctive jalapeno pepper flavor and light burn. Medium bodied. A mild mannered chile beer with a malt body that is closest to an amber, with interesting, but not distinctive chile pepper esters and a mild hotness. Surprising lack of hop flavor, although there is a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Kind of misses the mark for an imperial IPA, but satisfactory for a light chile beer. Pleasant, but not memorable.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It's a good looker, though that matters little to me. Active, great clarity, orange/amber. Fluffy white head at first, but it fades fast.

The smell does little for me. It's not bad, but not that good either. It's basic. I don't get much hop aroma at all, and certainly nothing chili like. It's kind of oniony and grainy, with vague hop influence. I can feel a wee bit of boozy ester. It's okay, nothing special, and quite lacking in the hop area.

Again it's oniony and grainy, with not a lot of hop presence for an IPA. Eventually I taste some malty sweetness, but there can't be much crystal in this. I would have never guessed there were chills in this if it weren't in the name, and still it's a stretch to say that I detect any. I sorta kinda do, but wouldn't say that if I didn't know. And that's not so bad, as the peppers should not be too too prominent in a beer, I think, even if it is in the name. The booze is detectable but not mostly hidden.

Well carbonated, medium body, easy drinker.

It's not a good thing when appearance gets the highest score of all the categories. This beer is pretty average. Well made, I suppose, but it just doesn't have a whole lot going on in the hop department, and they are calling this an Imperial IPA. I don't expect to drop bomber price cash on this again. I don't even know that I would recommend trying it once. I have to, it's my closest regional brewery. I had heard it was "pretty good", but I would say "it's okay." Maybe a little better than okay, but not worth $9 a bomber with so many better DIPAs on the shelves.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and jalapeno aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and jalapeno flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a jalapeno presence that adds aroma and flavor without any discernible heat.

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Jalapeño Imperial IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 148 ratings