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Alaskan Pilot Series: Imperial IPA

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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2016
the brew is very clear orange.... great crusty lacing for the entire glass. Nose is punctuated by a big blast of citrus zest.... tangerine and meyer lemon... a little bit of malt sweetness. Flavor begins with a brazing citrus oil hoppiness... resinous and bitter from mid palate to the finish... a lite malt sweetness makes me think crystal more than just residual malt... pretty balanced really. Body is medium with a good standard carbonation. I would have preferred this one to be a touch drier

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1441) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Hazy marmalade in color, medium bright white head. Aroma of citrus and resin. Medium bodied, resiny and sweet, slightly boozy towards the end.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2595) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Deep hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus and caramel. Taste is quite malt-forward with low bitterness. Medium bodied. Decent beer, mediocre IIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1703) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours a golden amber color with a white head. Resin, floral, caramel, pine, burnt rubber and oxidation aroma. Pine, resin, floral, grapefruit, mango, peach, caramel, biscuit and mild oxidation flavors. Medium full body and average carbonation. Resin, pine and biscuit finish. Probably would have been better if it was fresher.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (7314) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Cloudy deep gold with a thin and sticky rocky white head. Big musty and floral/herbal hoppy nose. A bit of fruity ale brightness as well. Big bitter and boozy flavor that’s full of pine and grassy notes with a punch of grapefruit zest, particularly through the finish. Big earthy and leafy bitterness that kinda drowns out the flavor nuances. But if you concentrate hard enough, you can get some gooseberry and orange zest and a touch of sweet lemon. It’s not shabby, probably one of those beers better on tap within a week of brewing. You can taste the potential, but it’s muddled by a boozy body, more grassy hops than what’s necessary, and too much bitterness. There is also this nice carabiscuit malty tone that shines through as the beer warms a bit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10118) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Pretty big, thick and bitter. Resinous and a little fruity, with a bitter finish. About average for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2269) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Pours orange gold with an off white head. Aroma is mango, tangerine, a hint of scallion. Flavor follows, caramel sweet, tropical mango, tangerine. This is good, drinks too easy!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chalumeaux (1041) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Poured from tap at Aces and Ales Vegas clear gold with a nice white head. Aromas of pine malt hop and mild citrus. Taste is slightly floral with a dry hop grassy resin finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2535) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bomber from the Malt Shoppe in Tosa. Pours orangey copper with an off-white head. Some coats of lace hung around down through the glass. Aroma has big citrus, pine and caramel - quite strong with floral hops. Taste is big overlayered hops. Chewy resin, pine, grapefruit all on a solid caramel malt base. Flavor blend solid but not ideal. Medium bodied and chewy. Finishes much to the bitter side of bittersweet. Solid, strong and chewy. Nice! 13.9

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlandersNed (394) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2015
22oz bottle. Hazy dark amber tone & a moderate-height off-white foam. Mellow tropical fruit, grassy and aged citrus nose & taste. Lacked a bitter bite. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.


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