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
Reviews by sprucetip:
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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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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 JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Picked this up a week or two ago from the COOP... finally got up the courage tonight. Pours a crystal clear orange with a 1/2" off white head that showed good retention and splotchy lacing.

Nose is pretty big fresh jalapeno aroma.. big chili aroma pummels the hops and is sorta magnified by the residual pale malts... Doesn't really smell "hot".

Hmmmm... Interesting, better than the nose led me to believe... Citrus hops bring this into the IPA realm so does a mild tropical fruity hoppiness.. chili flavor is there, but the "heat" really doesn't translate as much as expected and I am thankful for that.

Body and carbonation seem about spot on... no flaws.

I am a pretty big pussy when it comes to chilies, but this was very approachable even for me... I actually like it quite a bit. I honestly don't see pairing it with food the way may people will; instead I see it as a nice palate challenge and appreciate it by itself.


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Photo of don1481
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into the biggest glass I got.

Appearance: Pours a white head that rapidly diminishes and leaves very little lacing on the side of the glass. Lots of carbonation - vigorous bubbling. Pretty transparent, copperish color.

Smell: You definitely get the pine-sol notes of a double IPA but... yeah - definitely getting the jalapeno, but it's not as overpowering as I feared it'd be.

Taste: Maybe I'm off here, but this is really tasting like a double IPA... without pepper initially. I keep drinking this bad boy trying to get more than a very slight hint of the jalapeno, but no dice. Very odd. So, let's have this sit for a few more minutes and open up. AHA - THERE IT IS! Not overpowering, not distracting, but BINGO!! Also, the smell gets this as well. I'm glad I decided to wait a few minutes!

Mouthfeel: Very, very crisp and dry. Definitely a good mouthfeel to this one.

Overall: Until I let this open up a bit more, I was going to give this a much lower score since the pepper didn't show up right away. But... after letting this open up, it REALLY is good! Sometimes, folks, patience pays off with these unique beers.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A very juicy and spicy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus and jalapeno peppers. Upfront scent of hot and spicy jalapeno peppers. Citrus hops with juicy hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, apricot, and pineapple. Earthy hop hints of grass and pine resin. Some floral hints as well. Background malt hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A nicely hot and juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, spicy, and hot hop forward taste with big notes of citrus, pine, and jalapeno peppers. Upfront taste of spicy jalapeno peppers which are hot but not overwhelming. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, passion fruit, apricot, and pineapple. Earthy and herbal hop presence with notes of grass and dank pine resin. Backing sweet malt presence with notes of caramel, grains, yeast, and cracker. A very solid and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very spicy and juicy. Somewhat chewy. Finishes dry with some heat from the peppers and booze.

Overall: A pretty solid combination of a imperial IPA and Chili beer. Big citrus and pine notes with a big but not overwhelming heat from the pepper.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of South2NW
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Jalapeño Imperial IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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