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RATINGS: 109   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 22, 2011
I found this pretty tasty. Has a good solid hop flavor, a nice body, not too bitter. Pretty much just a solid Imperial IPA all the way through.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Pours a bronze color with a tall head that lingers. Smells of semi sweet malt, biscuits and citrus rind. Full nectar with superb carbonation. A tad bit sweet up front while the hop sequences on the mid to sidelines. The finish lingers very long indeed. A nice brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2534) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
First off this thoroughly exceeded my expectations. The nose is bright and rich, full of citrus, tropical fruit, pine, and caramel. An intense flavor of citrus, pine, and caramel really come together seamlessly. The balance of sweetness and hopiness is really spot on to my liking. Delicious.

4.1
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10354) - 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.

4
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
Sampled on 4/16/2011. This Imperial IPA pours a medium amber orange color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, decent lacing and nice retention. The aroma is fruit and sweet, mangos, orange, piney and citrusy. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange and slightly tropical. The hops are citrusy, piney and floral. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Very nice very drinkable Imperial IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
22 oz. bomber from Beverages4less in Santee. Finally, and thankfully, an IIPA that restores my faith in IIPAs. Ruby amber pour with big white head. Yeast chunks that settle nicely into the bottom of the tulip. Nose mixture of pinetree and tropical hops, and light maltiness. Flavor is much more tropical than pinetree. Sharp but round in the mouth. Bite in the back of alcohol, but not painfully so. Enjoyed while snacking on pineapple, and while it wasn’t a perfect match, it was pretty good. Another nice beer from Alaskan.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2011
22 oz. bottle purchased at Top Foods in Woodinville, WA. Pours a beautiful amber color with an off-white head. Aroma: Grapefruit peel and pine. Flavor: Same as the aroma, with a hint of orange.


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