Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series) | Alaskan Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
263 Ratings
Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series)Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by harrymel on 12-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
48
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Treated as an American Strong ale, this was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a clean semi-dark amber color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Slight roaming messy lace ran around the glass.
The aroma had a clean sweet caramel/toffee maltiness up front flowing over some herbal to earthy hops. Light grassiness and a gentle brush with dark bread help to round out the entire smell.
The flavor was sweet initially and blended in the earthy components to a super slight spicy fashion. Mild malty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a pretty good sipping quality about it. ABV noted but not distracting. Nice slick component easing up the finer quality of a stiffer mobility of those malts moving along my tongue - yes, it's not cloying, but just slow moving.
Overall, nicely done as an American Strong ale, but I don't see it as an American amber/red ale. I'd still have again.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skrumpy
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep red color, foamy, tan head with streak lacing. Aroma is bread malt and spice, honey and oats. A hint of alcohol vapor. The flavor is similar, nutty and earthy notes as well. Very heavy mouthfeel with a big hops bite which is herbal in nature. I wouldn't say this was a smooth beer, but the flavor is not bad.

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Photo of beefington
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Smythe
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire123
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of red94tt
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Older bottle bomber from summer 2015. Poured very dark into snifter but is red when held to light. Not much foam or lacing. Great unique maltiness, not roasty or amber malt but certainly fitting of an imperial red. Nothing overly notable but yet nothing off putting, solid and chewy with a tiny musty dankness, worthy of praise in a social setting.

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Photo of zestd
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robear
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greggiefresh
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Deep, dark copper pour with tightly beaded head. Light caramel aroma, taste is caramel, malt and some hop bitterness. Mild bitter finish. No sign of the 8.5 % ABV

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/2/16.

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, citrus zest, and spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of 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 solid flavors, but the smells on this one work better to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it's more bitter than i like but it does have a good aftertaste which represents the name/flavor better. it's not as good as i hoped but it's still good.

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Photo of GTJayG
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 07 A 071315 at 42 degrees into SA “Perfect Pint”
From a trade with @TheAdjunctHippie
Aroma of malt and spicy hops; malt lasts, hops fade
Head large (Six cm, aggressive pour), tan, frothy, diminishing to irregular three to 15 mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing good – broken frothy lace of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear, effervescent
Flavor begins with malt followed virtually instantaneously by hop bitterness and ends with a chalky aftertaste. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Alaskan Imperial Red Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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