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Alaskan Big Mountain - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Big Mountain
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88
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

real smooth, great hop and scent

Photo of Nico4
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious if you like fruity and hoppy

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hsus0225
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frozen-1984
3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beergorrilla
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gtermi
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigbeers84
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Zaphog
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of northcoastwolf
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bundy462
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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 KoG
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cbcrunch
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abrodsky
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERWOLF1951
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
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 +11.3%
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).

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Alaskan Big Mountain from Alaskan Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.