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Alaskan Pilot Series: Taking Beer to New Heights

pilotseriesimageThe Alaskan Pilot Series showcases the boundless creativity of the Alaskan Brew Crew through a rotating collection of big, bold and distinctive brews packaged in 22 oz bottles. Each new recipe is first perfected in our 10-barrel pilot brewhouse, then tested through our Rough Draft series of draft-only beers. Those special brews that fly beyond expectations ascend to a limited release in the Alaskan Pilot Series.

The specialty beers in our Pilot Series are available in limited quantities throughout the states where Alaskan beers are sold. Because this is a rotating collection, we recommend trying our Pilot Series brews soon after their release date - they may not be around for long!

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jalapenoipa_bottleAlaskan Jalepeno Imperial IPA

This Jalapeño Imperial IPA is fresh from the onset, with a quartet of bright hops playing off zesty jalapeño heat. A lustrous head retains the citrusy combination of Centennial, Sterling, Magnum and Apollo hops. Fresh jalapeños are used not only during brewing, but also after fermentation for a pleasant aroma, full-bodied flavor and genuine picante kick. A sweet bready malt backbone provides balance to the peppery fire.

troppelbock_bottle-edit2Alaskan Troppelbock, Imperial Doppelbock-Style Ale
Release Date: March, 2013

Alaskan Troppelbock is a tawny, copper-colored ale with thick, ivory lacing. Toasty, biscuit, and caramel malt notes dominate the aroma but do not overwhelm the delicate undertones of freshly hewn oak and pecan pie-like nuttiness. The flavor is similarly complex; a huge, toasted malt profile melds with subtle fig, dark fruit, milk chocolate, and vanilla notes. The mouthfeel is warming, soft, and full, with moderately low carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Alaskan Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale
Bottled Release: December 1, 2012 and July 1, 2014

Alaskan Imperial Red is a full-bodied deep mahogany ale with ruby red highlights. Citrus notes of chamomile, grapefruit and Meyer lemon brighten the aroma. A zesty array of hop flavors from mango and bitter orange to green mint and hibiscus meld with the nutty, roasted caramel and subtle dried fruit flavors of the complex malt profile to create a surprisingly fresh, yet warming example of the style.

birchbock22oz2012Alaskan Birch Bock
Bottled Release: March 1, 2012

Alaskan Birch Bock is lightly malty with a delicate earthy, floral sweetness and undertones of birch, figs and spun sugar. Alaska birch syrup adds a subtle woodsy, sherry-like character that mingles with hop bitterness to create clean and dry finish.

perseverancebottlesmallPerseverance Ale
Bottled Release: September 1, 2011

Alaskan Perseverance Ale is a Russian Imperial Stout released in commemoration of our 25th Anniversary of brewing award-winning beer in the Last Frontier. To celebrate, the Alaskan Brew Crew created a beer that is big, bold and brewed with ingredients from Alaska that could be enjoyed fresh or cellared to be brought out to remember the anniversary for years to come. This complex Imperial Stout includes Alaska Birch Syrup from Wasilla, Fireweed Honey from Delta Junction and our world famous alder-smoked malt, making it a tribute to all that makes our beers truly Alaskan.

imperialbottleAlaskan Imperial IPA
Bottled Release: March 1, 2011

Alaskan Imperial IPA is a favorite of the Brew Crew and friends in Alaska, though they may remember it as "ALASKAN XTRATUF® IPA." Rich in color and full in flavor, our Imperial IPA is packed with Pacific Northwest hops over a sturdy malt body and the dry warmth of an imperial strength IPA. First brewed as part of our Rough Draft Series, the Pilot Series release allows us to share this draft favorite of the 49th state on shelves and taps in the lower 48.

doubleipabottle_smAlaskan Double Black IPA
Bottled Release: September 1, 2010, 2014

Alaskan Double Black IPA is a combination of beer styles, with a flavor profile most similar to an Imperial IPA and the dark black color and rich flavors usually found in heartier stouts and porters.
The Black IPA, also called "Cascadian Dark Ale" or "American-style India Black Ale," is a relative newcomer to the craft beer world. We may not know what to call it yet, but we do know it's dark and it's hoppy and we can't get enough of it.

raspberrywheatbottleAlaskan Raspberry Wheat Ale
Bottled Releases: May 1, 2010, June 1, 2011, June 1, 2012, June 1, 2013, May 1, 2014(in Alaska only)

Alaskan Raspberry Wheat is an American-style Wheat Ale that highlights the bright flavors and inviting aroma of more than 3,000 pounds of real raspberries added during fermentation.
Years of local demand through Alaskan's Rough Draft program of draft-only releases and a Silver medal from the 2008 Great American Beer Festival make Alaskan Raspberry Wheat the perfect brew to launch the Alaskan Pilot Series.

barleywinebottleAlaskan Barley Wine Ale
Bottled Releases: December 2007, December 2008, January 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013;
Recommended for cellaring.

Produced in limited edition vintages each year, the balanced flavor collaboration between hops and malt in Alaskan Barley Wine distinguish this big and award-winning beer.

balticporterbottleAlaskan Baltic Porter
Bottled Releases: November 2008, September 2009; September 2012
Recommended for cellaring.

Alaskan Baltic Porter is a deep, dense beer with an intricate array of aromas and flavors derived from substantial amounts of specialty malts, dark black cherries and whole gourmet vanilla beans.  In order for the British to export their dark ales to the northern ports of the Baltic Sea, they were brewed stronger than normal to endure the long voyage. The extra warmth was welcomed in these countries with harsh winters and a taste for the robust, attributes that also fare well in Alaska.

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get service, resulting in today's phrase, Wet your whistle.
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