It takes serious fortitude and skill to live and thrive in Alaska. Just do a quick documentary search and you’ll quickly learn about the infinite number of ways one can perish in the majestic wild of “the last frontier.”

Alaskan Hop Turn IPA bottle

Not only have the folks at Alaskan Brewing Co. been chiseling out their livelihood in the Southeast region of the state since 1986, they’ve developed a product line for millions of patrons to enjoy. Its recipes are steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era and its dedication to investing in to the Alaskan community is impressive. Much of what they do as a business is inspired by Alaskan tradition and principle

Digging in to this review’s subject matter a bit more, Alaskan Brewing Co. a Rough Draft Series. Essentially this is an experimental microbrew that is tested on guinea pigs, err employees, for potential positive or negative criticism.1 One of the releases from this series is called Hop Turn, an American India pale ale that is purported to be a west coast style IPA with a more traditional pilsner foundation. So, the employed metaphor of a hop turn, which is an abrupt jump and change in direction while skiing, is certainly fitting.

Alaskan Hop Turn IPA

The pour results in a light copper and golden colored body with a clarity that rivals any of this style. The head is an off white, two-finger solid layer of creamy froth that resembles meringue. The aromas are somewhat two dimensional, limited to only impressions of pineapple and pilsner spiced tones. The mouthfeel is moderately light, well-carbonated, and faintly slick. This is a very drinkable IPA, however lacks the depth and intensity that is found in the west coast style that so motivated Hop Turn. The dominating flavors of this beer begin with metallic and acetic cascades and end with a floral bitterness. Ultimately, the finish is harsh in several of the wrong profiles, and the herbal American lager body doesn’t hit like an IPA.

Beer for this review was sent to Tenemu by Alaskan Brewing Co.


Alaskan Hop Turn IPA
BREWERY: Alaskan Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Juneau, Alaska
STYLE: India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.5 percent
IBU: 45
PRICE: n/a
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce bottles
Hop Turn is a light drinking beer that is an underwhelming addition to the IPA market. Unmistakable metallic overtones and an out of balance application of two styles make this brew harshly bitter and meek in IPA flavor. If west coast stylization is the goal, Hop Turn would be more on target if the recipe better highlighted notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Some points are earned however for actually delivering on the advertised old world pilsner detour.
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