Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Alaskan Imperial IPA

Brewery name:  Alaskan Brewing Company
ABV:  8.5%
IBUs:  70
Availability:  Limited

Method (draft, can, bottle):  Draft

Description:  The first time I had this beer was last summer when it was a part of the keg only Alaskan Rough Draft Series (For more info on the Rough Draft Series click here) and called by a different name.  Now this beer has been rebranded as the Alaskan Imperial IPA and graduated to Alaskan's Pilot Series (For more info on the Pilot Series click here).  When poured from the draft this beer presents us with a light orange-golden hue and a strong hop aroma.  Like most Imperial IPAs the Alaskan Imperial IPA has a balanced flavor of sweet malts, hinting along the lines of a light citrus, which trails into a woodsy bitterness that really complements each other nicely.  I have had this beer several times and each time I have noticed that this beer does not have a lot of carbonation, which sits well with me as a cask ale fan.  Like all Alaskan Brewing Company beer you cannot get this on the east coast, and what is worse, this beer is a limited release.  If you can find this beer or have already acquired it in the 22 ounce bottle pilot series you should consider yourself lucky and enjoy.