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Alaskan Big Mountain - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Big Mountain
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerKangaroo on 02-11-2014

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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 27
Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This really has a nice aroma. Sweet and fruity and very pleasing.
Darkish amber (orange to browns) and rather clear. Off-white foamy head. Nice line drawn lacing.
Tamer hop flavors with less intense fruitiness and holding some grassiness. Bittereness is also tame and lays softly on a reasonably long finish. Malt flavor is non-distinct and seems to hold little sweetness.
Lighter body increased by fluffy carbonation.
The aroma stands out and the look is classic, the rest under performs, but in total ithis s a very solid everyday drinker.

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a kinda hazy orange with a frothy head. The smell is very welcoming, full of fruit and some pine. The smell is kinda misleading though. The hops aren't very pronounced, and is very sweet. In addition to this it feels fairly watery and thin.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is dry hay and grain, grass and a little citrus.
The taste tends more malty, mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is softer.
A great pale that lets the malt shine.

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells hoppy with lots of tropical fruit scent. Pineapple and mango scents. lesser scent of cedar wood.

Starts out mildly sweet and woody with slight savory taste. Tastes of mango and pine. Little bit of woody flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty ale.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before May 10th.

A clear gold pour with a 2 finger head of foam.

Big grapefruit and pine, really hoppy nose, but in a way that tells you it's an APA vs an IPA.

Taste authenticates what I said above. A very hoppy Pale, multi talented with the mix of hops flavours going on; I get grapefruit, I get some pine, even a bit of grass if I close my eyes. It's not without its sweetish malty side either. Nice balance, err, relative balance.

Very good mouthfeel.

Great tasting APA and "only" 5.7 % abv. prefer this to the Alaskan IPAs.

Photo of E-McFarden
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy white head and decent lacing. I can smell the floral aroma hops without even putting my nose close to the glass. Not much malt complexity here, but a refreshing floral bittering thats not too overpowering. Has some drinkabilty qualities to it.

Photo of Foyle
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick off white head that drops at a moderate rate with significant lacing. Color is cloudy yellow-orange with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: pine and citrus are dominate, with yeasty bread dough in the background.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied and quite sticky with a dry, slightly astringent finish.

Flavor: fruity and floral but with some malt sweetness to balance the flavor.

Overall: well done and appropriate to the style.

Photo of jellikit
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thin head.
Smell: Grapefruit and pine.
Taste: light malt. Grapefruit hop flavor. Light pine on the hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium-light body. Dry. Light.
Overall: light and refreshing. Big grapefruit. Good sessionable ipa.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear golden color with white head. Pine, citrus, a little grass, and a slight malt note on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a hop bite, but is balanced out nicely by the malt.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks : Hazy, light honey-colored body, a fluffy , white 2 fingered head.

It smells : like a bowl of fresh chunked pink grapefruit. Slight pine and orange peel behind it.

It tastes : like the smell but watered down. Water and honey, pine and grapefruit. A bit of earth as well.

It feels : wet mouthfeel, light bodied, mildly creamy, dry finish.

Overall : I don't know if an "89" is what I'd score for this brew, but it's rather okay. Its easy drinking, but watered down in the flavor department and a linear nose.

Photo of MarkGGlen
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Pale Ale I've ever had. Very "fruity." Blows away Free Ride in my opinion. Makes me think of Big Sky IPA (as I remember it--haven't had that in years since they no longer distribute it here). This will be my go-to beer whenever it is in season. Hopefully it will become part of their regular lineup.

Photo of 16thstreetoutlaw
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had high hopes for this beer and it did not let me down. This is a fantastic pale ale!

Photo of Nico4
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious if you like fruity and hoppy

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/27/15.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, tropical fruit, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mix of citrus and tropical forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of gshak
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice juicy aroma of tropical fruits and pine. The malt foundation is about right, although it could have used a tad more sweetness. It is entirely possible that being fresh, the hops in this beer are completely overshadowing the malt. Taste is pretty good for what it is - a nice, hoppy, pale ale, with a dry finish and lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is light which is about perfect for the style.
A great drinking, everyday pale ale, that is very reasonably priced (I paid $7.49 in downtown Seattle for a 6-er).

Photo of moundbz
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

real smooth, great hop and scent

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this one is relatively new to the colorado market i think, or at least is just starting to become a little more prevalent in the stores. its a really good pale ale, almost has some lager properties on the yeast and mouthfeel sides of it, but has a nice clean citrusy hop profile and enough bitterness to suit the style requirements. pale in color, a little golden shimmer to it, and a nice tall white head. the malt gives it body and balance, but its hop forward beer for certain. not as aggressive and texture heavy on the hops as some west coast types, but not lacking in flavor at all, lemongrass and lime notes to the hop complexion here, but this is not a tropical beer. its very hearty, feels refreshing all the way through, but also is big enough in stature for cooler weather drinking. this is the best alaskan sixer i have tasted in awhile, job well done on this one. distinct in many ways, and i like it better than the free ride i think too, more happening with this one, more robust.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/2/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of big citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, lemon/orange zest, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Has a big piney aroma with citrus undertones. Taste is a little watered down at first with a moderate piney burst and a mild grapefruit aftertaste. Decent bitter aftertaste. Not too soapy or astringent. This is a surprisingly refreshing beer. I am impressed. One of my favorites from Alaskan

Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 04 03 15:

Pours golden to light amber with a thin, lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is citric, floral/herbal, perfume.

The taste is citric/floral with a hint of black pepper. It has a juicy sweet fruitiness with some lemon in the finish.

A balanced, solid APA - sweet-backbone with a bitter hop touch in the finish.

Photo of arvidkoval
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Deep yellow in color. Short lasting head. Smells good. Piney, orange, slightly floral aromas. Those mosaic hops really cut through. Dank citrus hiding a subtle pear with just a light floral note. Lightly carbonated and a bit watery. This crushes their APA in my opinion.

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours copper orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two solid fingers of off white head which settle into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and herbal hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Upfront presence of citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, and melon. Herbal and earthy hops with some hints of grass, pine, and spice. Solid malt backing with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty nice smell.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a solid juicy and herbal hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit, grass, and caramel malt. Juicy taste of citrus fruit with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, and melon. Also some herbal, earthy, and floral hop notes with some grass and pine. Backing malt presence with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly chewy and oily. Finishes dry and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on an American Pale Ale. Good juicy hop flavors with a nice caramel malt backbone.

Photo of jonboyd_md
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Amber or ange in color. Two finger head. Some citrus to the nose. A slight hoppy bitterness. Overall a good beer.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Light copper body is showing a smidgeon of haze. One finger head creates a wispy cap that leaves good lacing.

Smell - Hops are very fruity and sweet, with suggestions of juicy orange, grapefruit, pear, fresh pine needle, and a very feint ghost-like onion. Malts are buried, but seem to be toasty/nutty in nature. Very pleasant smell, big hop punch.

Taste - Hops up front, and interestingly, they veer away from the nose with more of a complex grapefruit, tropical fruit, and savory herbal/grassy combo. Still a touch of pine. Bitterness is low/moderate and drying. Malts roll in with some nicely balanced, toasty bread and light caramel. A fairly low drying hop bitterness and a touch of nutty malt linger in the finish.

Feel - Creamy and smooth medium body, nicely carbonated, crisp and drinkable.

Overall - Wow, this is a very, very worthy APA! It surprised me a bit: many of Alaskan's beers are good but nothing great. This is pretty damn outstanding. Very nicely hopped, restrained bitterness, smooth, perfectly balanced maltiness... There isn't much to dislike here. A killer APA.

Photo of vkv822
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz : pint

Clear golden with a thin, foamy off white head.

Juicy, pear, tropical fruits in the aroma and taste. Lightly herbal notes.

Medium bodied, foamy carbonation.

An extremely well done pale ale. Huge hop notes in the nose and taste.

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Alaskan Big Mountain from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.