thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Old bottle purchased from the brewery over 8 months from when it was brewed. Horrible malty stale DIPA crap. Don’t sell old IPA! bigaddie (75) - - MAY 22, 2013
A really sweet smelling beer with honey and brown sugar dominating the nose. Good lacing on this pour even though the head is insignificant. A clear and dark color almost like a winter ale. Malts give the color.
Taste is dominated by honey and molasses reminiscent of a malty ale and not really an IPA. In fact not much of hops at all. Very smooth palate but also a little boring since I was expecting an IPA.
Not a bad drink if thought to be a regular old pale ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ADfan (877) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
In the glass it has a dark copper color. The aroma has some toasted hops and malts. It also has a touch of sweetness. Taste has some piney hops up front with some citrus. On the backend there is some sweetness like caramel. Good finish. superspak (6078) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple, lemon zest, juniper, floral, light pine, caramel, honey, brown sugar, grass, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and hop notes. Taste of big orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind, lemon zest, juniper, floral, grass, caramel, honey, brown sugar, pine, and herbal earthiness. Moderate amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, juniper, floral, caramel, honey, brown sugar, grass, pine, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity; with a great balance of malt/hoppiness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Very nice hop and malt flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. Ferris (16687) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle - Honey, sugar and bread on the nose. Clear amber with a nice rich head. I get the hoppy bitterness and sweet notes from the malts and honey. Tastes much more like a hopped red than anything else.
luttonm (6832) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Draft at Chuck’s 85th, Seattle. Dark mahogany. Very juicy IPA, hides 8% well. Rich woody malts, juicy with bittering finish. Slight pine, red fruit, very rich malt forward with big juicy pine-hop balance. Good, slightly different style IPA. Reading now, a ’winter’ IPA makes sense. Not going to be a favorite of mine though. tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle - I hope this wasn’t fresh. Poured a hazy dark brown adequate head and lacing. Nose of honey, caramel, brown sugar. Taste was more of the same. Malt bomb. Some hop bitterness, zero hop flavor. Butter crumbles. Beerdrinker79 (2218) - Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2012
22 oz. bottle- Pours clear dark brown to red with a beautiful creamy light tan head. The aroma is hop bitterness, malt that imparts an earthiness. The taste is malty caramel, hoppy bitterness, spicy, alcohol. Body is medium, carbonation is full. Overall really not for me, you start putting heavy malts in my IPA’s, that is not for me, too much of everything, except honey, that could have balanced everything out, but I didn’t even taste any honey, and I wish they would have dialed back the malt. I get it is an imperial red IPA, but still, too heavy! beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
I can’t believe that I haven’t had this beer before. It is right in my wheelhouse. Light with fruit punch like notes. Bitterness is light and the beer has a nice sparkle to it. HeadyDE (876) - Delaware, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Dark brown..reddish tint pour into snifter..very sweet malt nose with dried figs..fig jam.and notes of the honey and molasses..caramels..leaves nice lacing and has a clean mouthfeel with a well hidden abv..a little too malty sweet for me..prefer doubles to have more of an upfront hop presence..sweetness should be toned down..perhaps the result of the honey and brown sugar..interesting however and always nice to try something from Alaska..