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RATINGS: 137   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.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a lasting creamy beige head. Hoppy aroma with a strong caramel backbone and notes of grapefruit, lime, orange and pine. Flavour is very similar to the aroma altough the malt profile is a little more pronounced imparting hints of nuts and wood as well as caramel. Mouthfeel is slick and oily with moderate carbonation and a lingering, mildly bitter finish. Nice IIPA although oddly restrained for the style, almost muted. Pleasant and very easy to drink though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle. A murky reddish brown color with a foamy off-white head. A strong fruity aroma with a laced pine finish. Smooth on the palate with a wet bitter finish and a lingering grapefruit, mango, caramel and bubble gum finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, pine, florals, and resin. Flavor of caramel, citrus, tangerine, and light pine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2011
Drank the whole bottle pretty easily by myself, though that is not saying that this was a standout IIPA, hops dont standout enough in aroma or taste to get more points, still I could drink this very easily.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2011
22 oz. from Chucks. Smells interesting. Bread and biscuits. Flavor does not impress. Mild grainy flavor up front and then a moderate bitterness accompanied by some slightly sour notes in the finish. A-meh-zing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Not a very impressive effort. I find the beer to be too bread forward with th bitterness only coming through in the finish. It has good carbonation, however; I do prefer the IPA/DIPA with the tighter smaller bubbles that can sort of coat the tongue

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Pours a dark amber with a tan head. Not a very aromatic brew. Flavor is c-hop all the way with some nice bitterness at the end. Malt is a little thick for my tastes. All in all a decent imperial IPA if a bit on the average side.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigskymind (4) - Solvang, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011 does not count
I wanted a little more from this beer than it delivered in the end, but all in all a solid effort by Alaskan. Head was a bit weak, as was the lacing and head retention. Grapefruit and passionfruit nose, nice weight on the palate and a nice balance of citrusy hop notes, substantial malt profile and lingering orange peel bitterness. Tasted from a bomber in a tulip glass. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reynolds314 (3426) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Standard overly malty imperial IPA. Too sweet and malty tasting. Hops dont shine through very well. Light citrus and pine notes dont balance out the bready/caramel malty sweetness. Below average for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (6005) - Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle courtesy of reynolds314, not to much on nose, more malts on nose than a typical ipa. Mostly light piney hops. But but they are on the west coast. Actually tastes a lot like green flash imperial ipa.


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