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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 263 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of Ish1
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Foyle
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle pint glass.

Appearance: pours 1" cream colored head that drops slowly with some lacing. Color is a rich red-mahogany with tons of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: complex and strong with citrus and floral being dominant along with bread dough.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied with a somewhat astringent dry finish.

Flavor: complex combination of strong hops grapefruit, orange, and floral along with rich roasted malt, caramel and raisin.

Overall: very well made. A sipper, definitely not a 'lawnmower' beer.

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Photo of ryanjgamache
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bunch of these, and I mean a bunch...for $2.99 a four pack. Normally about a $10 adventure for admission.

Appearance : Pours a popcorn colored three fingered head, with a deep, rich copper-meets-murky-amber colored body. Held up to the light some blood orange hues come through. The body is about 70% opaque.

Aroma : Strong from afar. Upon closer examination, a strong piney hop presence with slight sour dank armpit. Some orange notes float around in there too. Not a fan of the aroma although it is strong in volume.

Flavor : Waves of flavor, some good - some not so good. The first punch is of piney hop, a sting to the tip of the tongue like a buzzing powerline. As this juice moves further back the toasted malt character starts to dry politely and more tropical notes leak through. It ends rather rough and sand-papery, with harsh notes of cactus plant and copper malts. It's very strong, imperial is definitely appropriate wordage - but it's closer to a very strong Red DIPA than anything.

Feel : Sharp and biting, ends dry and parched with a rough ending - yet slightly slick from the hop oils.

Overall : I'll be hanging on to these for a long time. A lonnnnnng time. Hell they'll probably be discontinued before I work through the other twenty I got. Whoops.

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Photo of Trentt2
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall not bad. A bit of a bitter aftertaste not from hops.

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Photo of Livendadream
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrandonBriere
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travolta
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chucker17
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thedemise
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcuz7
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ducktoadecoy
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm always looking for a nice smooth beer that's also strong and flavorful. This beer is close to perfect in that sense. At 8.5%, this beer is still smooth enough to drink all day long. The pour is nice dark color and the smell is nice caramel/citrus combo that gets better with time. I can't wait to have this again!

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Igormatos
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatthewD4
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmcarter23
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcsbeer
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparty55
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roddy1987
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just didn't think it was more than decent

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

Photo of Ilafan
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gtg642
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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