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Alaskan Big Mountain - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Big Mountain
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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 javlin624
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frozen-1984
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 KoG
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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, and pear, a bit of pine peeks in along with a very feint ghost-like onion. Malts are buried, but seem to be toasty/nutty in nature. Very pleasant smell.

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. 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 Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blackcloud
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jame515
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beer_nibbler
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of misterrobot
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of DucksFan16
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jonboyd_md
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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 nicole309
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Mplsbrew
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Alaskan Big Mountain from Alaskan Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.