Brew Review: Alaskan Imperial IPA (Pilot Series)

Living on the east coast I don’t get to try many Alaskan Brewing Co. beers, so I was excited to see a big bottle of it when I was in Seattle.  I am generally a big fan of imperial IPAs and even better – this was a pilot series beer. The Alaskan Imperial IPA was brewed in the American Imperial IPA style, which “was developed and made popular by west coast American brewers. The style is most often characterized by a gold or copper color, citrus hop character, big malt body and lingering bitterness.”  Let’s see how it stands up to their characterization.

This 8.5% brew poured a very dark brown with a toasty white head, solid start, but that ended with the aroma.  It was quite lacking, with mostly a caramel malt with a very slight hint of citrus hops.  The taste followed suit with a malt that overpowered any hops that could be found.  It finished with refreshing bitterness. They seemed to hit on all the points of the style but appeared to miss the ratios.

I had high expectations for this Imperial IPA, but it was quite a let down.  It’s an odd recommendation for an Imperial IPA to have less malt and more hops, but that is what this beer needed.  Normally, for a rare beer like this I would recommend trying it, but not this time.

-Pyzocha

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