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

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Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series)Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series)
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
72
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/28/15.

Pours a murky dark golden-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight tropical fruit 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 solid mix of citrus and tropical hop qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/29/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki 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 grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, pear, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, pear, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnt with large billowing light beige head that gets creamy as it settles leaving a full ring of lace behind.Pine in the nose along with sweet caramel malts.A real creamy feel for the style,it slides down easy.Pine and tangerine upfront on the palate with some caramel and breadiness in the finish.The more I drink the more I like,I even like the malty finish.it never get's to sweet for me.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich and surprisingly sweet strong hoppy ale.

Pretty golden amber color in the chalice. Sprightly on the tongue, though head is not long lasting. Very sweet, and rather acidic. Pineapple and sugar cane, but also tart apples and green papaya. The hops seem to accentuate the rich flavors but add a welcome bitterness. Aftertaste is more like a Belgian strong golden ale, kind of gritty and funky but more bitter.

Not the typical DIPA, and that's what I'm always hoping for. Difficult to pin this down to a style, but I find it delicious. More of a barley wine sipping beer. If your taste runs to the austere, piney, and heavy-hitter hop, give it a miss.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn wish I would've seen the date, this is damn near 11 months old, wish I would've sussed that at the store...

Pours a hazed amber with a finger of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & great head retention

S: Bready, leafy hops, pear

T: Bready, pears, some grapefruit & pomelo up front. some peppery hops as well. Pear, dryness & breadyness, a little mango & pomelo as this warms, some leafy hops. Finishes with a little figgyness, woody hops, dryness, & a little bready & a touch of grapefruit

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation;. Body thins out as this warms

Drinks alright, I am sure this was more awesome new; a pity they could make their bottling dates a little clearer

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Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed pale amber, excellent lacing.

SMELL: Candied orange peel, mint, figs, alcoholic esters, bready malt.

TASTE: Pulling hop flavor, leafy, medium body, smooth, mint, spearmint, cigar tobacco, orange cordial, warming alcohol, estery, dried tropical fruit, bitter finish.

Hits all the right bells and whistle to be a DIPA, good balance and a sipper. A bit cleaner and perhaps replacing or toning down the Amarillo hops with some other hop would have been better here.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/07/12 notes. Thanks to MrChopin on RB for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, and light pine hops. Lots of oranges and fruity, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of oranges, lemons, citrus hops, fruity malts, and light pine hops. Not as strong as the nose, but still nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not a lot of bitterness, pretty easy to drink for the ABV.

o - Overall a nice DIPA from Alaskan. Some nice orange and citrus hops to it, would certainly have it again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange amber with a thin lasting white head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of citric and tropical fruit - not so much grapefruit, more mango, pineapple, pear. Caramel mixes in.

The taste is of soft fruit - especially pear and a general citric tang. Caramel and alcohol mix in. It has a soft, fruity, not too bitter finish.

It is on the lighter side of the DIPA spectrum, but is smooth despite noticeable alcohol.

Other than the abv, it is a milder, softer DIPA. Enjoyable enough and pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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 Gavage
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark orange color with a one finger head. Thick surface coating lingers through the drink.

Smell: grapefruit and pineapple dominate with some softer earthy hop bitterness.

Taste: nice malt presence with loads of grapefruit, some pineapple, lemon zest, a bit of pine and some earthy notes. Bitterness is hearty. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium- heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and lightly dry at the finish.

Overall: a decent DIPA that is citrus centric. Easy to quaff.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma if full of citrus fruit, with a ton of orange and pineapple notes. I also get a little bit of biscuit malt. The flavor is also very fruity. I get a ton of pineapple, orange and apricot notes, with just a hint of malt. The bitterness is fairly high due to the lack of malt in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the COOP yesterday... I think it was about $8. Poured into MNFG... fairly aggressive pour produced a 2 finger very long lasting sorta yellowish/lite tan head... the brew is very clear orange.... great crusty lacing for the entire glass.

Nose is punctuated by a big blast of citrus zest.... tangerine and meyer lemon... a little bit of malt sweetness.

Flavor begins with a brazing citrus oil hoppiness... resinous and bitter from mid palate to the finish... a lite malt sweetness makes me think crystal more than just residual malt... pretty balanced really.

Body is medium with a good standard carbonation.

I would have preferred this one to be a touch drier, but it is still very nice and bursting with fruity freshness right now.

4.5/4/4/4/4

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange amber beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smells sweet with a perfume like odor of herbs with spruce being the strongest. Light scents of pine and coffee. Smell is on the light end for the style.

Starts out sweet and woody herbal, tastes of cedar and spruce. Fairly strong butter flavor here. Quickly becomes more Barley Wine than DIPA in flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Good thick mouthfeel.

Drinkability is OK but I have 4 different beers in my refrigerator right now that I like better.

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Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: A pleasant aroma, though not at all over-powering. Grapefruit rind, pine, tangerine, toffee,

T: Grapefruit rind, nectarine, pine, lemon-grass, slightly metallic, sponge toffee, candied pineapple, pleasant bitterness, hints of alcohol warmth.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a light hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D: Very well-crafted. So balanced it seems more like an IPA and a half than a DIPA, yet it does have the strength. I could easily session this, then seriously regret it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a burnt orange with a light medium white head. Very good lace as the style should have, solid head retention.

S: Strong grapefruit and orange notes, a bit boozy, but a nice scent overall.

T: Dominated by a hop flavour of grapefruit and cantaloupe which is nice if not particularly intriguing. Just too boozy at times, the flavour is just OK. Not bad, but OK.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp, nice aftertaste, the ethanol makes it's presence known in the flavours but not here in the aftertaste and finish.

O: I finished the half pint fine, but that's really all I want.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to this beer. It's a tad old, but that's what comes of hauling beer back to Australia from the US. Purchased from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a burnished coppery orange colour, brilliantly clear, with a firm and solid head of just faintly off-white. Lacing is speckled, but the retention is good. It really looks like a very suitable and stylistically good IPA.

Nose is herbal and sharp with clear American hoppiness, with a touch of strained dust and plastic too it, perhaps an example of the age. Earthy, slightly musty pepper characters come through as well, but not any genuine spice or piquancy. Interesting.

Taste is very sweet, almost wort-like, without a great deal of bitterness to pull it back. Caramel and barley sugar entry with a lingering hint of cough drops and menthol. Hops do appear mid palate, but they only lend a herbal twang and a slight citric astringency that again gets overwhelmed by the malt.

Not quite there, to my mind. Alaskan does some great brews, but this is heavy and thick without a huge amount of purpose. Of course, the aroma hops have probably died a little with the age, but that doesn't explain the under-attenuated body. It's still a decent brew, but I've had better from Alaskan, and better IPAs.

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Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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