Anchorage Brewing Company, founded by Gabe Fletcher in 2011, has been a fast-rising star in the emerging Alaskan beer industry. Their successes haven’t just been local, as they ship to nearly every US state, and even some countries in Europe, and have been recognized with numerous awards since the first year of brewing.

One day my wife and I do want to visit Alaska, and it looks like we’ll have to add this brewery to our itinerary.

I stumbled across Anchorage Brewing Company’s Patterns IPA while browsing through my Tavour app. I’m always open to trying new IPAs from different parts of the country, and boy am I glad I found this one.

A beautifully hazy straw-yellow, this beer pours with a thick frothy white head that leaves behind strong lacing. Oranges, grapefruits and tangerines dance on the nose.

With the first sip, I couldn’t help but exclaim “My God” out loud. Maybe I really wanted a beer that day… or maybe this is one of the best IPAs I’ve had in a while. Considering how many different IPAs I’ve had over the past few months, that is saying a lot.

Grapefruit takes center stage in the taste, with the hops reminding you of their presence throughout the session, and other tropical flavors weaving in and out. Smooth, creamy, and bitter enough to remind you this is an IPA, this is an overall outstanding beer.

Every once in a while I come across a beer that stops my brain in it’s tracks. This is one of them. I wish I could write more, but this beer isn’t complicated or difficult to describe. It’s just. damn. good.

 

 

Andrij Harasewych
Editor at The Craft Beer Diaries. Devoted husband and father. Excessively geeky. Comic books, video games, and craft beer are my vices. Favorite beer style easily the IPA. Growing love for the DIPA, specifically.
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