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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   IBU: 71   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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When it was discovered that hops not only added bitterness and aroma to beer, but made it last longer too, British brewers created the IPA style to survive the long voyage to India, where her majesty’s thirsty troops awaited unspoiled ale. Twister Creek IPA combines the finest Pacific Northwest and British hops atop a foundation malty enough to balance its 71 IBUs. High octane, full-flavored, well-balanced. This is the beer you’ve been thirsty for.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Draught at Alaska Lodge (Sea-Tac Airport)
Hazy golden color with creamy head. The hop aroma is well present, fruity and lightly animal. Lean body; the malt flavor is good and delicate, a good background for the powerful hopping as it doesn’t hide it. good fruit and manure character, quite fresh.
Nice beer, well drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1859) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 17, 2014
The appearance has a hazy golden yellow/orange body with a one finger white foamy head that dies almost immediately, lotsa foamy clingy white lacing all over the place in no sort of pattern (all 6 cans were this way). The smell has strong dank but piney hops barreling through barely letting any other sort of smell come out (all 6 cans were this way). The taste has some strong bitter hops in all 6 cans, mellow maltiness comes just a tad, light citrus aftertaste, dry bitter finish. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, sessionable, and carbonation is just right for the style and for me. Overall, this is a very well done AIPA that I would have again and also am looking to try more offerings from this brewery, I’ll gladly look forward to sending some of this East to see what my East coast friends think

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ten80 (7) - Alaska, USA - MAY 21, 2014 does not count
Nice, clean IPA with hop bitterness and aroma levels akin too many American pale ales or an east coast IPA. Hop aroma is citrusy with hints of flowers, very easy on palate. Moderately dry with light maltiness, easy to drink several.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2212) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2014
On tap at the Alaska Lodge. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Nice malty notes with grapefruit/pine hop notes. Good balance, body, and mouthfeel. Might be a beer that needs to be consumed on tap. Grapefruit hop bouquet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3093) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Merci à Yan pour la canette. Une bière dorée. Une petite tête mousseuse. Un nez de fleurs citronnées et d’herbes poivrées. Une présence maltée pâle et mielleuse. Un goût floral et résineux avec une présence de fruits acidulés. Un effacement partiel des malts. Un corps moyen avec un pétillement normal et une texture légèrement huileuse. Une finale bien amère qui témoigne de sa belle fraîcheur. Facile à boire. Une IPA réussie.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Draft at brewery: Bright and deep golden. Very aromatic and inviting nose. Solid malt backbone. Super fruity and floral hops. Bold bitterness. Other notes of citrus (grapefruit mostly), grass, plant stems and perfume. Bitterness in the aftertaste is slightly astringent -- my only real complaint. But aside from that it’s a solid and tasty IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pint pour at stizmark, alyeska ski resort, Alaska. Murky orange pour, thin white head. Aroma is citrus hops, some grapefruit and spices with fruits and a bit floral. Flavor is nice bitter hops with decent fruits and a nice malty backbone. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crackedmachine (470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2013
Pours hazy yellow-orange with a fluffy white everlasting head. Bright hop aroma - citrus, grapefruit, pine. Flavor is semi-sweet, fruity hops pleasantly balanced with a little bit of caramel and cereal malt. Mildly bitter finish comes with some sweetness as well. Overall a drinkable, nicely balanced IPA with enough flavor that I like to have a can or pint often.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bookseeb (111) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Appearance has a slightly hazy orange amber supporting a nice firm head leaving spotty lace. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, piney hops and grapefruit citrus. Taste leans toward the grapefruit citrus having the sweetness of the malt following. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad IPA, leads me to want to try their other beers.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1018) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
August 16th, 2012 - It’s approaching a year and a half since I first jotted down the notes for Denali’s IPA, so I’m a little hazy on where and when exactly I first sampled this brew. But I do recall it being a somewhat strange experience, on account of it being an IPA in Alaska, which is very different from being an IPA in San Diego. It has a certain rarity to it that makes the IPA a smaller piece of the pie chart on a beer drinker’s menu Normally the heavy layer of snow that muffles Alaska in the colder months precludes lighter, hoppier brews, but the Spring like jubilance of Alaska’s summer is a great setting for some hops. And so, with scarcity and seasonality in mind, I dove into Denali Brewing Company’s IPA. The head is a frothy, erratic soap-like top, richly lathered after a somewhat clumsy pour, with a nice tortilla and fried fish aroma. That is to say, savory and delicious, and perhaps tainted by a nearby restaurant or diner. The palate is soft and pillowy, caressing like a heavy saison, with the same subtle grain notes. This being an IPA I expect some hops dimension to appear, though its quite soft, unassuming, and more herbal than bitter. This is good, and unique, and rounds out a feeling I’ve had in my gut since I had my first brew up in Alaska - this state does light beers surprisingly well.  I desperately want to stereotype this setting with dark porters and stouts (and to some extent this is true - look at the rating for Alaskan Brewery’s Smoked Porter, for example) but brewers up here are no slouch on the lighter stuff here.


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