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RATINGS: 122   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3491) - 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 isnít 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 (8639) - 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 (1440) - 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 (1470) - 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 (12596) - 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 (2247) - 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 (1545) - 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.

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