Alaskan IPA (Alaskan Brewery)

I purchased this beer with the hopes of learning to enjoy India pale ales.  The beer was on sale and I was in an experimenting mood so I picked it up.  The Alaskan IPA comes from the folks at Alaskan Brewing Company with a 6.2% ABV.

FROM THE LABEL: Alaskan IPA is honey gold in color with a fruity, citrus aroma. An enticing blend of hops and our dry hopping process, in which hops are added directly to tanks during fermentation, give this brew a very intense, complex aromatic character with a refreshing hop finish.

The beer pours with a golden straw color and a massive foamy head.  It reminded me of sea foam and stayed for quite some time, leaving massive lacing and some residual foam.   Pine and hops overpower the nose, but slight floral and biscuit scents lie hidden amongst it all.

The taste is what you would expect from an IPA.  Hops, bitterness, and residual bite.  The floral notes once again make their appearance in the aftertaste.  The mouthfeel is light, but dry; with the carbonation floating around your tongue.  A biting aftertaste and moderate dryness conclude the drinking experience.  I didn’t find the citrus that Alaskan claims in either the nose or the taste, hmmm.

Although this isn’t the beer that will make me a hop-head, but it’s drinkable none the less.  Alaskan IPA is an enjoyable beer, but not quite top ten in its genre.

Overall: 5 out of 10

As an INDIA PALE ALE: 6.5 out of 10

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