Tuesday, April 19

Beer Review: Alaskan Imperial IPA - Pilot Series

First off, I'd like to say that I am a big fan of Alaskan Brewing. Their Amber Ale is a very popular beer, as well as one of my favorites, the regular IPA. The IPA is very solid in my eyes, and is quite the session brew. I have had another in the Pilot Series, and can't quite remember what it was, but I know I reviewed it at Beer Advocate. I remember liking it a lot too.

Let's get started...

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a clear shiny copper penny. Spot on really. Nice couple fingers of white dense fizz.. leaves a nice thin blanket kicking around.

Smell: (3.5)
- I am really liking the smell. Very fresh floral and grassy notes. Touch of fruit, caramel malt.. it's not very revealing. Just fresh and mild in smell. I bet it's hiding a lot more.

Taste: (4.5)
- If you win points for balance as a beer, this one takes the cake. I am thoroughly impressed with this imperial ipa. I would have to say that this is one of my favorites to date. The balance is impeccable. Great light fruity touch to the hops, with a wonderful fresh grassy bitter hop flare. It's like that reintroduction to a crisp fresh lager that one would remember from a long time ago. Great biscuity caramel malt rides along simply and is not overpowering. Great beer.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated.. bit sticky but not too much. Lightly warming though not overly strong. Fresh taste leaves a fresh mouth feel. Lightly chewy.

Overall: (4.5)
- Like I said.. this is one killer imperial ipa. I hope this can be found over and over exactly the same as this bottle I have right here. It's perfectly balanced and has one of the best hop profiles for my taste. Get it!

A- / 4.2

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

I noticed some pretty low marks for this at Beer Advocate. It must have gotten much better, because I just don't get it!



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