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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2011
Apricot pour. Light head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, resin, light caramel. Flavor is lightly bitter, citrus, resin, unripe stone fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a slightly hazed orange body with a thick, off-white head with decent to good lacing. Aromas of oranges, sap, a decent amount of esters, pine, pommelo, alcohol and some caramel. A hint of alcohol and cotton candy. Flavors are bitter and balanced by some noticeable crystal malt. Also quite estery. Hop notes come across as citrus and tangerine. Slightly candyish. Feels a touch sweet, but thankfully not sticky. Medium to lively bubbles. Decently dry, slightly biting finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thetmaxx (817) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Poured from a 22oz bottle in to my Alaskan glass. Colour is a golden, slightly hazy, thin white head. Aroma is very nice of floral hops. Mouth feel is thin and light bodied, with average Carbonation, and a dry finish. Flavour comes right out with the taste of 8.2%! Followed by some nice hop flavour that is well balanced. This is a really nice IPA and the alcohol flavour seems to die off after a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle. Amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma with light sumemr fruits. Caramel and pine flavor with grapefruit. Medium-plus bitterness. Good bitterness. Caramela nd light earth lingers with pine, tropical fruits, and grapefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Ruddy-amber hue. Creamy, sticky and smooth texture, especially after swishing. Sweetness is overriding. Made me think of caramel apples, pears in syrup, and a load of crystal malts in the grain bill. Hops are fruity as well, and they weave in and out of some fruity alcohol. Bitterness is shy and on the mild side. Sweetness prevails, unfortunately. Aromas are somewhat floral; mostly fruity. Some cereal in the malts as well. Aftertaste isn’t ideal; somewhat stark. Overall, not bad; just under-hopped and over-sweetened.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8699) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2011
bottle. caramel copper body. corn syrup and caramel pancake nose; highly sweet, overwhelming the aroma hops. sticky, sweet honey and sugar-glazed doughnuts with crystalline, goopy fruit hops. bitterness is cut by the the tremendous amount of sugar, while alcohol seems to make a sharp appearance in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4191) - 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 (1470) - 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 that’s throwing me off a bit. There’s a decent bitterness, but this is by no means a super-bitter, acerbic, uber-hoppy DIPA. Lots of flavor, but it’s sweeter than I expected. Good. Interesting. Not fantastic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beaver (1487) - 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. It’s way too subdued.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12758) - 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.

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