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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Alaskan Imperial IPA is a favorite of the Brew Crew and friends in Alaska, though they may remember it as "ALASKAN XTRATUF® IPA." Rich in color and full in flavor, our Imperial IPA is packed with Pacific Northwest hops over a sturdy malt body and the dry warmth of an imperial strength IPA. First brewed as part of our Rough Draft Series, the Pilot Series release allows us to share this draft favorite of the 49th state on shelves and taps in the lower 48.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
22oz bomber, pours with a huge 3-4 finger white head with a crisp body and lots of heavy lacing. aroma is very sweet, not hoppy at all, smells like an old ale or barleywine with a hint of dusty old malts in there. the taste is similar but with some hop flavors and moderate bitterness. overall very sweet and malty, but pretty tasty still, more like an imperial red almost i would say. has a slight;ly lingering syrypy sweetness that lingers on the palate, its good, but it detracts a lil bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
22 oz. bomber from Beverages4less in Santee. Finally, and thankfully, an IIPA that restores my faith in IIPAs. Ruby amber pour with big white head. Yeast chunks that settle nicely into the bottom of the tulip. Nose mixture of pinetree and tropical hops, and light maltiness. Flavor is much more tropical than pinetree. Sharp but round in the mouth. Bite in the back of alcohol, but not painfully so. Enjoyed while snacking on pineapple, and while it wasn’t a perfect match, it was pretty good. Another nice beer from Alaskan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
Sampled on 4/16/2011. This Imperial IPA pours a medium amber orange color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, decent lacing and nice retention. The aroma is fruit and sweet, mangos, orange, piney and citrusy. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange and slightly tropical. The hops are citrusy, piney and floral. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Very nice very drinkable Imperial IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
Bottle. Nice thick head on dark amber. Light woody hop scent. Big thick body, almost cloying. Moderat hops for a DIPA although they grow in the finish. A bit of lasting mint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10485) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle @ home. Ruby orange appearance with a light tan head. Fresh piney, mildly citrusy, potent nose. Creamy and nice, full sweet pale malty flavor over a piney and citrusy hoppy taste. Lingering mildly bitte fresh hoppy taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2375) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2011
650 ml bottle from bev4less. (Drink by 08-13-11coded on label) Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is light with oranges and lemons. The flavor is biter hops forward with good citrusy hops, pine, sweet caramel and biter walnuts. The palate is silky smooth and malty with soft carbonation. Finishes long with lingering hop resins. Overall: This taste of this kinda reminds me of a ramped-up version of SNPA, me likey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - APR 19, 2011
Looking for a solid punch-in-the mouth and got something more akin to a kiss from your friends grandma. A nice IPA, not imperial by any means, but solid enough to swim through for the evening. Sturdy malt foundation that was lightly sweet with a mixed fruit vibe. Candied citrus notes that differ from the standard citrus character. Not much hop bite and a little vegetative, over-cooked weed components. Certainly not worth the $9 I paid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2011
Bomber. Clear, orange-copper pour with a persistant yellowish head which leaves moderate, coarse lace. Pine and citrus hop nose. Medium body has caramel and whisky malt with a pretty ordinary hop profile of grapefruit and some pine. Finish is orange and bitter, but short. An unremarkable IIPA, prefer the more bodacious and hop-forward efforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazed bronze color, nice looking dense orange-hued head. Nicely fruity in the nose exhibiting hints of mango, apple, passion fruit, and pineapple. Nicely balanced, drinkable medium-full body, solid bitterness but surprisingly backed 100% (and not the dreaded 150%) by nicely fruity sweetness and escaping the dreaded syrupy nature that far too many iipas have This is not a ’ "holy shit"/ in-your-face iipa...no, this is an iipa that you can actually drink a decent amount of without feeling like your tongues going to fall off...but it’s still well within style guidelines, showcases a decent amount of hop flavor and hop bitterness but artfully blends it into the sweetness of the malt, combining into an effortless and satisfying drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2011
This makes for a great conclusion to a long day. The bomber pours out a perfect copper with off white head. The modest aroma emits some citrus, some tropical fruit (more mango than citrus) and a sense of mango cotton candy. The taste offers up nice and rich tangelo and grapefruit citrus hop flavor to start and then it quickly pulls up firm mango notes as bitter citrus and tropical fruit like hop resin rise to the forefront. Behind the hops is a moderate level of slick malt sweetness that is out match by a pleasing level of hoppy goodness.

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