Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler, brought fresh from the brewpub by my buddy Cameron. The pour yields a dark and hazy burnt orange-amber body with a taught, frothy, beige tinted head. The foam settles slowly to a thin, bubbly film, leaving scant traces of lace behind. The nose is based in toasty caramel and biscuit malt, very much reminiscent of a grainy ESB. The hop profile, however, is very pungent and fresh, showing citrus and pine. On first taste, the hops rush forward past the grain, biting into the tongue with sharp pine resins and grapefruit peel. Once they clear out, however, the grainy malt base returns, toasty and bready. The palate is medium-bodied, with average carbonation transitioning to a semi-dry, bitter finish. On the whole, it’s a cross between an East Coast IPA and ESB in the malt base, with a Portlandian hop profile. Decent brew.
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: Poured a coppery orange with off white colored head. Aroma was nice hops. Taste was hops bitter but not over the top with a bubblegum and malt balance.
EHopper (619) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My daughter’s friend, Kate, brought a growler of this back from her camping trip to Alaska. Thanks Kate! This one jumped put of the glass. The aroma of citrus, tropical fruits and grass built as this beer approached, and everything coalesced in the first taste. A great bitter finish. Nicely complex, pretty easy to drink, with even a hint of barynard I love.
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity cask. Murky yellow brown color, off white head. Aroma of pineapple, citrus, grass, tropical fruits. Taste is pineapple and citrus. Very nice.
troyc (2432) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Tap] Part of a sampler at the brewpub in early September. Amber in color with a wispy white head. Pinecone and herbal notes in the nose. The taste is of grapefruit, orange zest and some caramel malts to balance. Decent mouthfeel and palate. Mild herbal notes in the finish as with the rest of their hoppy beers. Low carbonation levels. Seems like the same malt profile as their pale ale, with an extra addition of hops. Still a nice beer though.
AmEricanbrew (5664) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival 2011. Clear amber color/ fleeting head. Nice pine sap, floral, caramel aromas. Medium bodied with soft co2. Very good tropical fruit, floral, pine sap hoppy flavors on a solid pale malt base---great IPA
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the ’11 GABBF. Hazy golden color with a whispy off white head. Big fresh pine and grapefruit rind nose. Very hoppy beer with lots of grapefruit juice, pine and hop resin flavors. Enough of a malt backbone to balance it out, but this beer is all about the hops.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012 This beer has improved a lot, lots of fresh hop aroma and flavor with a firm bitterness and a clean fermentation.
On tap. Citrus hop aroma with a caramel malt scent. Amber in color. Flavor starts off good with a nice balanced bitter sweet taste but ends very harsh. Medium body with an average carbonation. Overall just a slightly darker, hopier version of the Pale. Great potential but the harsh finish holds this beer back.
Aggy360 (115) - Anchorage/ Vista,CA, Alaska, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from brewery. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice white head, leaves a good lace. Strong citrus pine hop nose. Taste is about the same. Very hop forward with a mild balance of malt in the middle. Finished bitter. Light to medium body, a little resiny. Overall a really good IPA. My favorite from St. Elias so far.