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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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10138) - 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 (2218) - Lakeside, California, 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 (552) - 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 (7515) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #36. Clear golden orange pour with a nice sticky white head that left some nice lacing. Citrus aroma, grapefruit comes to mind, juicy and kinda sweet. Nice bitterness, sweet caramel maltiness decent balance. (1613)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), with notes of dried papaya, candy/sugar, gum, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not terribly "imperial" in either nose or mouth, but there are some pleasant candied fruit notes instead of just being a dumb hop bomb. Kinda watery and uneventful in the mouth, but again...thankfully not over the top. Overall a rather ineffective beer, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
Kind of a goofy label but the beer itself is good. Sawdusty aroma is nice and strong. Sharp hop hit at the start with help from the carbonation. Pours a dark orange color. Hops stick at the back of the tongue. Barely noticeable alcohol hit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
(22oz bottle). Pours hazy copper color with 1 finger off-white head. Active carbonation. Aroma has pine, grapefruit, and papaya. Taste is sweet malt with hop bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture although the head adds a creamy element. The head still remains and the lacing is really more of a coating on the glass. I didn’t have much expectation considering their regular IPA (which is not an IPA), but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a pretty good beer. Nice job.

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