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RATINGS: 111   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5738) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1179) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2011
22oz bomber, lock it in. Pours a clear but darker toffee brown golden with decent dirty white head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose isn’t what typically gets me excited in an iipa...hop pine and sweetness present, but lacking the citrus notes. Fair amount of malts showing through with some detectable crystal malt but not enough to make it ice tea like. Sweet yet floral and earthy hops. Light piney notes and some fruit notes but not really an identifiable fruit character. Malt is plentiful but somehow keeps pace with the hops. Feel is somewhat sticky and full with great carb feel. Has some alcohol show up more as it warms, but stays in check. This does kind of remind me of an english style iipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10732) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, biscuit, tropical fruit and light orange. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earhiness, poine, light grapefruit and light orange with a smooth lightly dry lingering moderatly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, fine haze, heavy orange hue, moderate off-white head, nice lacing.   Citrus rind like nose, slightly sweet, a touch hoppy, also a bit of alcohol shows up.   Somewhat of a medicinal malty start, not a bright hop flavor.   At least its neither overly malty or overly hoppy.   This one seems more on the malt side, which might be why its a little medicinal.   Has a touch of band-aid and plastic on the finish.   I make it out worse than it is, albeit it does detract.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Not a clean example, but thankfully not a hop bomb either, which I friggen hate!   Needs to be cleaned up a bit in reference to some of the band-aid and medicinal flavors, other than that its not bad!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (964) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2011
mix of grapefruit and leather aroma, sugar. dense white head over light almost orange clarity. oily tang in the mouth but a little under-carbonated. good hop malt balance, with just the hint of metallic toning down to grapefruit, while the malt has a honey lightness to it. bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Pours clear reddish orange with a nice large beige head. Aroma of lemon rind, floral hops, light herbal, dark fruit, not a lot of resinous aroma, minty. Taste is much the same, hefty malt presence, not a whole lot of bitterness for a DIPA, but it still exists on the finish. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2868) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2011
651 ml. bottle, 8.5% ABV, per the label. Served at cellar temperature. Pours a medium, off white head, over a clear light amber (SRM 8) body...nose is heavy citrus, light pine, slight toffee/caramel...taste is medium sweet malt with toffee/caramel to start, then light pine, finishing with a slightly sweet, light citrus hop bitterness....mouth feel is medium and sticky, alcohol well hidden, carbonation high. This is a light Imperial/Double IPA. It has a lower hop profile than many in the style, but remains nicely balanced, even though it is lacking in complexity. It approaches the English style of IPA’s in its gentleness. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1313) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2011
22 oz. bottle from The Beer Junction in West Seattle. A thin and wispy head sits on-top of a orange/copper colored beer. A lot fruitier than I expected. This has a pungent fruity malt aroma. Not a very hop forward beer. There is a subtle citrus hop aroma coming through, but it is way too subtle. Tropical fruit punch aroma. I would give the aroma a lower rating, due to its lack of hop profile, but it does have a pungent aroma. Wow, this has a very tropical fruit punch flavor. A nice citrus hop flavor backs everything up. This is definitely a different twist on the Double IPA series. It’s not very hoppy, but it does have a biting citrus hop that is relatively interesting, and good. Let’s just say that this doesn’t follow any rule, in regards to your normal Double IPA. This has a nice viscous texture. Pretty good, but it could have some more dimensions, hop-wise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 9, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 Sampled (a few) at the brewery after a much anticipated release. An orange-yellow hue with a mostly-white head. Aroma of grapefruit peel. Flavors were a nice mix of floral, pine and citrus. Not too malty a backbone... the bitter finish was great if you’re an IPA-lover. Sad they couldn’t have worked something out with Xtra Tuff to use their brand to cross-promote. Messing up the spelling like that kind of makes it sound juvenile. Love the boots and the beer though. Hope this makes it to full scale production next year. Would be nice if they could aim for the $5-6 mark for a 22 oz. It will sell a lot more that way. Hint hint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Dark amber color with an off white head. Strong citrusy orange, pine, and caramel aromas. Medium body. Great orange, grapefruit, mango fruit flavors riding a sharp caramel malt base. Warming spicy alcohol twang to finish. Tooty fruity IPA.

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