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Alaskan Big Mountain - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerKangaroo on 02-11-2014

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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crackery, Apple, Fruity, Pine

Chilled down and decanted carefully (lots of sediment). Bright amber/honey in color with a white lace that hangs around until the last sip. Soft, clean nose with some fruitiness and suggestions of hops to come. Light bodied, crisp carbonation. Dry apple upfront with some crackery malts. Herbal hops come forward with a soft bitterness, some pine, and a lot of grassiness that lingers with a dry, bready finish.

An okay, fairly balanced and straight-forward Pale Ale that provides just enough flavor to make it interesting.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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 moundbz
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

real smooth, great hop and scent

Photo of Nico4
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious if you like fruity and hoppy

Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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 jellikit
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.
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 StoutHunter
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan's Big Mountain last week at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a Pale Ale tonight and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes with the name nicely and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Pale Ale, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with just a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice fruit hop aroma with some citrus and tropical fruit aromas coming through with some nice pineapple and light peach like aromas with some green hop aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which are on the lighter side and they impart some sweet malt, pale malt and bready aromas with a little bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a very nice aroma, I really like the fruity hop aspect, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same hoppy aspects that they did in the aroma with the fruity hops still sticking out the most with the green hop aspects showing up more in the background. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that goes right into the malts which impart the same light malty aspects that they did in the aroma with the pale malts sticking out the most. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of medium bitterness with a nice fruity hop aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting Pale Ale, the hop profile was very nice, I have no complaints.

M- Smooth, crisp, a little creamy, dry on the finish, a little refreshing, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a really nice example of a American Pale Ale, it had just about everything that I look for in the style and I thought the hop profile was a little impressive and in the end I found myself really enjoying this beer. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, a little creamy, dry on the finish, not too filling, a little refreshing and the taste does a good job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a few of these and it would be great to have in the summertime. What I like the most about this beer was hop profile, it was very good and it was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the was that the malts didn't show up just a little more, but in the end that wasn't a big deal. I would buy this beer again it would be nice if they released this during the summer. I recommend trying this beer, especially if you like Pale Ales.. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was also a little impressed, I really liked the hop profile and it seems to have just the right amount of bitterness for the style. So far it's one of my favorite beers from this brewery and I think it's a stand out example of the style. Great job guys, this was one tasty Pale Ale, keep up the good work.

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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 E-McFarden
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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 jwc215
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BEERWOLF1951
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild flavor, a little hop bite, a nice malt taste to balance. A little light altogether but a fine quaffer for sure.

Photo of gshak
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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 vkv822
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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 garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 MarkGGlen
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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 +22.8%
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 beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rich gold color with a thick, white, foamy head. Strong floral hop aroma with minor citrus notes; strawberries. Mild malt base topped with a strong fruity and bitter hop flavor. Medium body; crisp and clean; somewhat juicy; mostly dry finish.

Overall, a pleasant, easy drinking ale that highlights hops. Aroma and bitter flavors dominate the senses, leaning towards the fruity and floral side of things.

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a thick head of white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a sweet smell of some fruit and caramel with it mixed with some aromas of a more bready nature. Along with these aromas are some lighter aromas of grass and herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with some light fruit flavors of pear and apple and a bit of a caramel taste. These sweeter tastes are light, and get even lighter as the taste advances with the loss of sweet replaced by some herb and grass. While the fruitiness fades in the middle, it seems to surge toward the later stages only to once again fade at the very end. With the surge of sweet comes some other fruits of a citrus nature, all while in the end more hop of herb and grass take the loss of the fruitiness’s place, leaving one with a rather pleasant and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. It was rather appropriate for the style overall, but nothing too exceptional.

Overall – A rather tasty pale ale overall. A bit more heavy on the sweet and less so on the hop and grain, but overall quite a nice drinker.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Alaskan Big Mountain from Alaskan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.