Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series) | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series)Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series)
126 Ratings
Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series)Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series)

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
With three additions of Summit hops in the kettle and dry-hopped with Mosaic, Topaz and Simcoe, this fairly dry brew is extremely aromatic. You may detect notes of Asian pear, passion fruit and pine, with a maltytoasted nut and toffee aroma. The “juicy” hops taste combines with strong herbal notes, and complex tropical fruit to balance against the delicate malt build in this beer.

80 IBUs

Added by JohnGalt1 on 03-13-2011

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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of skridgeus
2.34/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was going to do a proper review for this beer... but am not going to as it is not worth the effort. This beer looks fine. It smells fine. I thought that it was going to be fine until I tasted it.... This beer is not worthy -- just a big alcoholic mess. Don't walk, run away from this DIPA.

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Photo of GilGarp
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Alaskan IIPA is a copper color with good clarity. The head is about an inch thick with a straight pour but it settles quickly. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is more boozy than hoppy. Not enjoyable.

Flavor is strong and bitter. There is some citrus but it's not fresh and zesty. The malts are more dominant in a sense because of how boozy it is.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with "hot" alcohol character.

Overall this is far below many of the others in this category. A big disappointment after spending $9. Never again.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. Pours a dark orange amber with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - a little sweet malt and some perfumey hops.

The flavor is subdued too - some sweet bready malts with some spicy minty hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not very impressive for a DIPA. It's way too subdued.

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Photo of kawilliams81
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- light copper/orange color. Little head with some lacing.

S- spicy/herbal with some sweet malts.

T- spice and earthy/piney hops come through upfront with sweeter malts, and grassy/weedy bitterness.

M- rather thin for a Imperial IPA.

O- pretty weak attempt at the style. Would put this in the lower half of DIPA's that I have had (and the list is large). Would not try again or recommend.

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Photo of vitALEity
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light amber

S - kind of metallic, a bit too much alcohol, mild pine

T - too sweet for a double IPA, metallic after taste and a bit too much alcohol comes through

M - sharp/carbonation

O - an ok imperial but doesn't compare to west coast CA doubles that I'm used to

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $9. Wow, I split this with two friends and we were unanimous that this sucked. It looked good, orange, decent head and lace. It smelled subpar for something that is supposed to be hoppy. The flavor was very alcoholic and unenjoyable, no hops. Maybe this doesn't travel well but for $9 I expect a lot more.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber. Half a finger head with light lacing. Aroma of light hops and malt. Nice citric hop and malt start, but a very astringent middle with an unpleasant almost metallic aftertaste. Medium bodied. I don't know why this was so subpar for me, maybe a bad bottle? An uncommon miss from Alaskan.

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Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Alaskan Imperial IPA is a chill hazed burnt gold / pale auburn with a small off-white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is spicy, resiny hops, some malt sweetness, not super intense. Earthy, a stemmy aroma, kind of a mix between potting soil and peanut butter. I kept waiting for this to open up as it warmed, but it never did.

Taste is really pretty malty, with not nearly the pungency of hops that I prefer in the style. It seems a little dirty from the alcohol, thick from the malt, kind of extract style.

Mouthfeel is on the drier side, but comes off as thicker, heavy.

Drinkability isn't too high for me. Not my style of DIPA, really more like a double pale, with lots of malt, noticeable alcohol, and unimpressive hops. Probably the most disappointing brew I've had from this otherwise top tier, very consistent brewery.

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Photo of Gambit23
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Professional appearance, decent clarity, colors running from gold to auburn throughout. A full inch of white head on the top. Aroma was lacking in the dry hop department.

Taste was an old school 100 ibu throwback type of imperial ipa that goes all sledgehammer with the bitterness and crystal malt excess. Definitely a copper like bitterness in the mouthfeel that lasts the entire beer and comes out more as it warms. Shitty bomber format, expensive price per oz.

As usual, this is an imperial ipa that is not as good as the regular single ipa. Might as well be a blend of a barleywine and single ipa.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz Bottle. Looks like a best by date of 08/13/11

Pours a deep copper color, slightly hazy with some cascading carbonation. Finger of foam settles to a razor thin light beige head.

Smells on the citrusy side of DIPAs. Grapefruit and lemon zest. Bubblegum. Faint caramel malt. Fairly light though, doesn't smell like a hop bomb.

Hmm, taste is kind of the same. Nothing Imperial in the flavor until the finish where the bitterness kicks up and some alcohol comes through. Seems like an average citrusy standard IPA for the most part.

Body never gets above medium, some crispness from the carbonation.

I suppose if this was billed as an IPA the score would be a little higher, but this one doesn't really fly as an Imperial.

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Photo of harrymel
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber ale with hazy appearence. Single finger caramel head falls to sheet of same quickly. Spot lace.

S: copper and crystal malts. Some pIne and citrus hops. Hint of copper.

T: sweet malts. Grapefruit. Bitter. Nice.

M: hi body and hi carb. Nice.

O: decent.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks like this 22oz bottle has a "best by" date of 08 13 11. Poured into a Laurelwood slender wine glass.

Appearance- Dark and hazy cooper color. Off white head with very good lacing. Not the best looking DIPA I have seen. 3.5/5

Smell- Lots of grassy hop aroma with, also, a lot of caramel malt to go with it. I am not to sure about this only because I tend to like my DIPAs on the drier side. 3.5/5

Taste- Lots of earthy flavors. Grass, (I hate to say this) dirt, and maybe some wood. There is some hop flavors but I think the malts over power them. There is very little citrus to it. At the end of each sip there is some sweetness to it. Too bad. 3/5

Mouthfeel- This is borderline grainy. Too thick as well. 3/5

Overall- I am a little disappointed in this. I really like Alaskan Brewery and was really looking forward to this beer. I thought it would be a lot clearer in color, more hop aroma, and a drier flavor. This will not turn me off from Alaskan by any means, I just don't think I will get this again. 3/5

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark gold to light tan with ample white head, 1.24" in size. Aroma was seemingly Cascade hops coming out of it, they went old hop school here, it seems to be only the C hops of old, nothing proprietary hopwise going on. Well maybe Simcoe, but that's just because its so bitter.

Yes, bitter. And it has the malt body to not make it poor in taste, it simply doesn't impart the hop mouthfeel/flavor. I know, its something I write over and over, but I think it really gets to the point when you say an ipa (especially double) is really bitter but not imparting hops. Like they dry hopped with pennies as much as hops. Thankfully, this isn't thick resiny sticky, which also many of these bitter bombs seem to indulge in moreso. Astringent instead of imparting any notions of fruity like hop flavors and aromas. Of course Alaskan doesn't seem to bottle date in any discernable sense for the average consumer, so who knows if freshness was an issue.

The single IPA Alaskan makes is so much more aromatic and enjoyable.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to DarthKostrizer for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a rather darker hazy amber color into a tulip. Slight off-white head is achieved with a moderate pour that leaves spotty lacing.

Smell – Slight hops, mainly sweet caramel, bready malts, and floral aromas.

Taste – Taste is dominated by the sweet malts and bread flavors. Just a hint of hops and pine, with a little bit of grapefruit citrus. Overall, dominated by sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, a bit harsh.

Overall – Somewhat disappointed with this, and would like to see the brewery try this again but with MORE hops and LESS sweet malty caramel backbone.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Two Bells Tavern Seattle next to the famous "Tavern Burger."

Pour: deep orange/amber, somewhat syrupy looking with a very minimal bubbly white head that quickly dissipates into itself and leaves a small oily ring around the edge of the glass. The lacing is like cobwebs around the glass which must be from it's oily pour.

Nose: Slight pineapple, lemon grass, minimal pine and slight citrus orange zest.

Taste: Not what I expected. It starts out like those pineapple candies that have jelly inside a hard shell. Transitions into lemon grass, slight wheat tinge, lemon zest and slight grapefruit rhind. Everything seems dull compared to most IIPA's but that pineapple candy taste is strange and won't leave my mouth. The aftertaste is half candy half soap.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, on the oily side of IIPA's and minimal carbonation although I see bubbles rising up.

Overall: Not the best IIPA, pretty boring really and one dimensional. That weird candy/soap taste won't leave but I needed to try this one. Decent but not worth buying in a bottle IMO.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz poured into a Tulip

A- Bright, clear orange with a huge fizzy off-white head. Good lacing.

S- Grassy and Pine

T- Citrus, but also a bad metallic taste.

D- Huge carbonation and good mouthfeel.

O- I really wanted to like this one. Did I get a bad bottle. I tasted off, but not terrible. The metallica aftertaste made my teeth hurt. sad

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Photo of Aldenby
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

S-bottle 22oz

A-very clear, nice bright orange with an off white head, better than average lacing

S-you get the malt and hops but you have to dig for it as this beer does not put off a huge aroma, you can smell the alc. as this is an imperial.

T-high alcc. is my first impression but cut next with fresh hops and a good malt flavor, leaves a sticky feeling in my mouth, good but cloying for me.

M-like I said starts dry and becomes a little sticky/cloying feel.

D-would not turn this down but could only have two or three pints at a time.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of azdback
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Spaten glass. A very transparent copper color. Medium carbonation bubbles. Head is two fingers of bright white that quickly diminished into a bit of lace.

Smell is sweet hops. I think it smells mostly like pineapple and orange or tangerine. No alcohol smell at all. Some yeast or bread smells come late.

The taste is not what I had expected from Alaskan for this style. Initially sweet malts, but not the hops I was anticipating. The yeast profile is bold and not so tongue loving (lin my opinion). Really kind of weak for a DIPA.

Minimal carbonation, a tad on the watery side, but not terrible. The hops, which are not very present in the taste, are definitely wreaking havoc on my tongue at this point. A slight nutty oiliness.

For the most part, I was a little disappointed in this one. Alaskan has put out some really solid beers. Their Baltic Porter and Barleywine, as well as the Smoked Porter, are all very good beers, but this one leaves a lot to be desired. That being said, I am still glad to have sampled it.

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Photo of abrodsky
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mdog
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Mild fruitiness, seems a little oxidized (cardboard) despite not being particularly old.

Taste: Mild sweetness, fruity, gives a spicy black pepper note. Not bitter, balanced flavor.

Overall: I picked this up from the "new arrivals" section at the store since I've enjoyed Alaskan's specialty series before. This DIPA doesn't quite hit the mark though, not a big blast of flavors like most big IPAs.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Excited to try a new DIPA that rolled into to town and well I just don't see it having much success here in SoCal.

A: Pours a hazy burnt caramel color - almost orange in hue. Nice 2 finger khaki tan head with some minimal lacing.

S: Real spicy nose. Herbal. Earthy and floral pine. Aroma is pretty muted here.

T: Nice big hoppy bite but rather sweet. I think the hops do eventually win the fight. Hops are very earthy pine, spices, and floral herbs. Caramelly sweet malt is in full effect though. ABV's make an appearance and it does crisp up a little on the finish.

M: Overall creamy texture with a medium heavy body and some decent bitterness. This is definitely a big brew.

D: Drinkability was pretty low with the big rich chewy filling malts and while the hops are abundent I would have liked a bit more fruit flavor and aroma with a much lighter body.

Glad to have tried but at $8 a bomber there are much better offerings available to me that I would rather spend my dough on. In the end just too sweet and not my fav in hop profile.

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Photo of mcallister
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden copper colored but with little movement. Nice head fluffy and resilient leaves sticky lace abound and doesn't want to fade to oblivion.

Sweet tarts, tropical fruit, light citrus and pine. Peach, pineapple, orange peel, and lemon zest. Caramel malts with some earthy tones and bready aromas.

Odd DIPA. Very easy going, not overly aggressive. Nice malt to hop balance. Caramel malts with bready undertones lead to citrus and tropical hop flavors with a hint of grass on the finish. Some orange marmalade in the middle, guava, lemon, and grass. A bit sweet on the finish as well. Carbonation lacking slightly hurts the body and mouthfeel.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alaskan Imperial IPA was disappointing. It wasn't especially hoppy and it tasted oxidised.

A: Orange colour and not much head 3.5

S: Sweet malty nose with some citrus hops. 3.5

T: Piney citrus hops and a good malty base. Oxidised aftertaste. 3.5

M: Undercarbonated. 3

O: 3

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Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 126 ratings
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