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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - APR 8, 2011
Nice orange gold color. Good head and lacing. Nice foolal note. Clean hop attack and nice dry bitter finish. Yumm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2011 The pour is a translucent, coppery-amber with a canvas-colored, moderately full, fluffy, dense head which settles to a thin froth and leaves scattered, drippy lace. The nose is filled with wisps of alcohol but pleasant with spicy resins, toasty notes, light peachy citrus, and some leaves. The flavor is warm, honey sweetness, toasty bread, very spicy, very resinous, more than moderate bitterness, still peachy. The palate is okay - lively, medium to full, a bit syrupy and dry. The beer finishes slightly peachy, still warming with peppery spice, some resins, and toasty. I tried this three months ago and it was definitely young and dry. It still is quite average but much nicer than I had originally thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6468) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2011
22. Pours a hazy dark amber with bright toffee edges. Loose whitish head that hardly sticks around long enough to smear your lip. Nice peachy nose. Some pine under that. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, and peach on the mid-palate. Mild sweet resin finish. Can’t seem to decide if it’s going to display a bouquet of sweet delights or find a balance with a bittered finish. Could probably stand to go one way or the other if it wants to aspire to greatness, but, as is, shows no real flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (8040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy golden orange. Nice aroma of grapefruits, citrus, and piney hops. Flavour is less appealing, with a syrupy body of cloyingly sweet caramel which has overtaken the hop profile. Not bad, though disappointing for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2011
Tap @ The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID: Pours a nice orange auburn color with a big fluffy white head. The nose is grassy with grapefruit and pine, a big malty caramel backdrop and a creamy clean mouthfeel. The flavor is tangy with some fruit and light bitterness. The finish and body is a bit bigger than should be so it hides some of the hops. Nice and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10009) - 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 (7890) - 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 (764) - 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 (7133) - 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 (3481) - 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.

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