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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bookseeb (117) - 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 (1076) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3239) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
Une cannette d’Alaska. Un liquide jaune doré avec une mousse blanche. Un nez franc de houblon et d’agrumes. Une bouche amère, forte et puissante. Une bière réussie. En beau cadeau de boul.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Well balanced with caramel and a touch of bready malt, but definitely hop forward and fresh. 55/38 at RB and I can’t for the life of me see why. This bee used that variety of hop that while sweet, has a slight onion and garlic twang to it, and it’s really hitting the spot. Citrus and pine flavors in there too. Drinks big for 6.5%

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2013 Update, they’ve changed the recipe on this one for the better. Lighter grain bill, fresh PacNW hops and well attenuated. Way better.

On tap @ Cafe Amsterdam. An English style IPA. Hazy rusty in color with a dense off white head. Sugary sweet aroma with some light herbal hop aroma. The flavor is very sweet and malty with just a touch of bitterness. Medium body with a syrupy mouth feel. Seems a bit sweet to me, got a little hard to drink at the end of the pint.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2013
On tap at the source... Pours a hazy apple cider hue and topped with a thin soapy white head... Aroma of pale grain and citrus as well as grass... Flavors are crisp citrus with light bitter grass. Just shy of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Pretty standard but nicely executed. I’d drink it again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6230) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Draft at SB. Pours a hazy orange-ish medium amber with a dense and creamy off-white head that hangs around for a while. Bright grapefruity nose, both sweet and a bit piercing. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Lightly toasted caramel with grapefruit notes showing. Gets a bit dry at the end, but not acetic or twangy at all. This is another horse in a much-contested race; the semi-resiny, semi-fruity IPA market is a tough one in this area and these guys deserve a shot at the title. It’s not quite a world-beater in its current form, but it’s pleasant and easy-drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdInSaltLake (665) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Herbal, citrus hops, and light biscuit aroma. Herbal ho flavor; pepper, a little fruit. Pretty dry biscuit-y malt flavor. Kind of a weird bitter aftertaste. (Seattle Airport)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Hazy light blonde. Thin head. Fresh limey, overripe fruit character. Light bready pale malt character, and finishing with a touch of bready/tannic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5894) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 23, 2010
@gabbf2010. Clear amber color/ white head. Floral hop, sweet caramel aromas. medium body. Lightly sweet pale malt flavors with fresh floral hops. Crisp, nicely bitter finish.


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