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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alaskan Imperial IPA is a favorite of the Brew Crew and friends in Alaska, though they may remember it as "ALASKAN XTRATUFģ 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle (labeled as Imperial IPA)... Poured golden orange with a big white head. Nose had some citrus and resinous hops. A little bit dry, well carbonated. A decent malt backing on this. Biscuity and grainy with ome boiled cabbage characters. Peppery resinous hops offered a mild bitterness with some citrus and pine-sol notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottled as Imperial IPA, Pilot Series. Pours cloudy orange, with a good size off-white head. Mandarin and peach opposite caramel malts. Lots of fruit in this one, and even a bit of bubble-gum sweetness thatís throwing me off a bit. Thereís a decent bitterness, but this is by no means a super-bitter, acerbic, uber-hoppy DIPA. Lots of flavor, but itís sweeter than I expected. Good. Interesting. Not fantastic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beaver (1340) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2011
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. Itís way too subdued.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
As Pilot Series Imp IPA from Nugget Market in West Sacramento, CA. Pours almost clear copper with a 1 finger creamy beige head. Mixed aroma of floral, citrus and resin hop. Med body with creamy carb. Flavor is fresh fruit and floral over some mildly roasted malt. Now I remember why fresh IPA is good. This is lush hop. Floral, nearly perfumey. Maybe a little resin on the side. Yummy stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Draft. Poured a clear medium orange color with a white head. Nice enough citrus and caramel aromas. Medium bodied and sweet. Well balance hop and malt flavors. I tasted caramel, grass, orange, and a bit of alcohol. So so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Created a firm and delicate layer of foamed head while the liquid was a dense wild honey color that had a slight haze to it. In the nose, there is a bold aroma of freshly picked hops that smell sticky and oily, but there is a faint background of oats or whole wheat bread. The flavor is dominated with a bitter bite of hops but there is some balance between grained bread like malts that shine through. Price for a bottle was somewhat expensive but if I was desperate and craving a hoppy beer I would consider buying this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Coppery gold, thick pale tan head. Little dank and dirty nose, some orange peel, weighted oily hops. More crystal malt than I prefer, little tannic leathery body. Green dank hops burst out, dark and ripe. Contrasting experience here, Iím left positive from the dank overripe resiny hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Pours a coppery orange with a medium and sticky white head. Aroma is herbal hops, malt, caramel, pine, citrus, spices. Flavor is herbal hops, biscuit, malt, toffee, caramel, oily mouthfeel with a herbal hop and somewhat sweet malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Coppery amber orange, sudsy off-white head. Sweet biscuit and hop aroma, dank earthy, pine, floral notes. Moderately sweet, caramelly, biscuity malt, more earthy, dank, herbal, floral notes, a hint of citrus, pine resin finish. While I canít say itís among my favorite IIPAs, the flavor profile of this one is distinct from most available to me. Much more on the leafy, earthy side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Nose is of biscuit, crystal malt - caramel, hints of iced tea. Light pine and floral hops, perhaps a touch of tropical fruit, but muted as far as the hops go in the nose. Pours amber with great clarity, head retention and lace. The flavor is mostly biscuity malt, crystal malt, iced tea, pine, floral notes and a hint of citrus. Lingering crystal malt flavors as well as a bit of biscuit and alcohol. Very english style, not doing it for me flavor wise. Not bad, just not what I prefer.

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