As the week is coming to a close we thought we would remind you of a potential beer alternative to that usual nightcap. Almost a full year has passed since Alaskan Brewing released first beer featuring the Pilot Series moniker. With their first inaugural ale, the brewery chose an American Wheat Ale brewed with Raspberries. Admittedly it was welcome to see a new beer on the same shelf, given their usual assortment of Smoked Porters, Oatmeal Stouts, and of course, Amber.

Since that time and as part of their commitment to brewing more beers with the Pilot Series Moniker the brewery is announcing its third release, XTRATUF Imperial India Pale.

Here is what the brewery forwarded to us regarding their  newly released Imperial India Pale Ale.

First brewed as part of Alaskan’s Rough Draft series of experimental draft only brews, this imperial IPA is better known to draft fans in Alaska as “Alaskan XTRATUF®IPA.”  The brew owes its original namesake to the iconic brown, neoprene XTRATUF boots, which are a springtime footwear staple everywhere from fishing boats to formal affairs in coastal Alaska and in brewhouses across the country. Alaskan Imperial IPA features the robust flavors of Pacific Northwest hops over a sturdy malt body, and as the name suggests, the same “XTRATUF” qualities as these “Alaska Sneakers.”

“It’s a continuation of our focus on balance and complexity,” says production assistant Brian Ross of Alaskan’s new Imperial IPA release. “We didn’t want to just focus on one hop varietal. The balance between the three big flavors – northwest hops, malt and alcohol – is almost seductive, making it a surprisingly fresh and drinkable brew.”

Beer Geek Information

Alaskan Imperial IPA is richly gold in color with the aroma of tangerine, lychee and other citrus over the toasted sweetness of crystal malt.  The deep green flavors of Chinook and Amarillo hops partner with the fresh bitterness of Centennials for a complex hop profile.

In the coming months leading up Alaskan Brewing’s 25th Anniversary look for the Raspberry Wheat to return in the summer, followed by a “unannounced” anniversary ale.

As always if you don’t see this on the shelves of your local pub, grocery store, or bottleshop; ask them to buy some!

About Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Brewing Co. has been making award-winning beer in Juneau, Alaska, since 1986. The Alaskan Brew Crew bottles the unique character of the Last Frontier with historic recipes, local ingredients and glacier-fed water. Alaskan Brewing handcrafts Amber, Pale, White, IPA, Stout, Smoked Porter, Winter Ale, Summer Ale and a variety of limited edition beers in the Alaskan Pilot Series. Visit

About XTRATUF Boots

Since the 1960s, XTRATUF has delivered performance and quality using its 100 percent waterproof construction. XTRATUF’s triple-dipped coating of neoprene creates a seamless package that is impervious to many organic & inorganic acids, chemicals and contaminants. Initially developed for fisherman on the West Coast, this boot is now widely used in many corners of the United States and Canada due to its durability and comfort. For more information about XTRATUF boots visit, or contact Doug Bugalski at 314-746-1941, or


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