The Pilot Series Imperial Red Ale from Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau, Alaska pours out a dark crimson in color with some burnt orange hues and has good clarity. The craft beer is topped with a two finger, tan colored, dense head that has good retention that reduces down to a thick film with a good sized collar. On the nose, quite hoppy but considerable sweetness as well. Aromas of resinous, piney hops, grapefruit rind, toffeed sweetness, earth and a hint of spice. In the mouth, very coating, almost sticky, with a big hop presence. Flavors of pine, resin, unsweetened grapefruit marmalade, toffee and a little booze. Medium to full bodied. Sheets of lacing on the glass. Sprite carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with a good chewiness. The finish is extremely long, slightly dry with a dose of sweetness that is pushed away by spice and bitter hops.
A massive Imperial Red Ale with a ton of malt that is only second to the massive hop bill. The hops and malt work well together but eventually the hops do dominate. Packed with flavor and complexity this is an exceptional red ale that a hophead will truly love. Highly recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 8.5% ABV, 70 IBU
Beer 349 of 366 for 2012