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Alaskan ESB - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

175 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-20-2001)
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cmbeddoe7997

Texas

5/5  rDev +29.9%

06-04-2014 22:59:21 | More by cmbeddoe7997
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mjurney

Texas

4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Deep copper color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick creamy head.

Aroma:
Spicy-herbal, a little piney. Sweet malts, bready, caramel. Some ripe prunes.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Bready, deep toasted caramel, nutty, a little toffee, with some dark fruit. Medium hop bitterness, herbal, leafy, a little earthy. Finish is dry. Medium bodied, smooth, silky, dry.

Overall:
It's a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:31:14 | More by mjurney
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Foyle

Wyoming

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.
Appearance: pours a 1" frothy cream colored head which recedes with plenty of lacing. Dark amber color and lots of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: very pleasant aroma of spicy hops, toffee, cinnamon, some fruit, and a malty backbone. Mouthfeel: fairly light and prickly mouthfeel, somewhat sticky on the palate.
Flavor: pine and citrus hops, raisin, toffee, whole wheat bread.
Overall: a very delicious smelling and tasting beer. Interesting American version of the classic English style.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 18:59:13 | More by Foyle
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another great Alaskan brew. Hops give a great flowery aroma and extemely smooth finish. Goes down real easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 18:45:54 | More by beernut7
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Hruska

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-15-2014 23:28:18 | More by Hruska
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SargeC

Japan

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, brown-gold with a golden-tan head.

Smell: Bold hop presence, vanilla, oranges.

Taste: Nice wave of smooth malt goodness. Sweet foundation with a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Smooth, waxy quality.

Drinkability: One of my favorite Alaskan brews. Perfect balance of boldness and drinkability. Makes a great beer batter and compliments Alaskan seafood perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 06:58:34 | More by SargeC
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It began with two finger's worth of rocky, medium-tan head with low retention, but a good bit of lacing. Nose had a good bit of caramel accompanied by a mild bitterness. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a bitterness softly tempered by a caramel/malt sweetness. Finish had the same commingling of bitter and sweet that I got on the tongue. In fact, as it warmed, I got a really pronounced biscuitiness on the extreme finish. A very good ESB and a beer that nicely offset their Amber.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 03:32:06 | More by woodychandler
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loren01

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color, nice white head and lacing down the glass. Smell is slightly malty with nice hop scent.Taste is sweet/fruity at first with a nice bitter hop aftertaste. This beer goes down very easily. Picked up a six pack of this for $3.99 at Osco Drug in Billings, MT. Not sure why it is so cheap, but I'm going to have to go back and stock up.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 08:13:20 | More by loren01
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MrNuggets

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops on the nose. Amber colour with good head. Strong malt filled body. Fruity notes all along the way. Finish is bitter, with more of that fruit. This beer is very easy drinking dispite the bitterness.
I could drink more than a few of these babies. Another great brew from Alaskan Brewing Co.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 05:21:09 | More by MrNuggets
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I consider most ESB's to be food beers. By that I mean that they usually are really good compliments of spicy food but are not the greatest by themselves. This beer provides the example. I had two of these, one by itself and one with some spicy Mexican food. The flavor in this beer matched really well with the spicyness of the Mexican food. There was a spicy hop dominance in the beer which was annoying alone but good with food. The malts play a perfect role in providing flavor and holding bitterness back but yet letting the hops do their thing. The bitterness is on the light side but that only means more hop spicyness. There seems to be a bit on a acidic quality in there as well. The hops linger in here. Lots of earthy flavors underneath. This is a really well made ESB.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 17:40:07 | More by granger10
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear, dark amber color with a slight beige head. The aroma is slightly malty with a touch of bitter hops. The taste is bold with just the right amount of hops that leaves a dry after taste. This is quite a well made ESB and a very well made beer, it’s well worth giving a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:58:33 | More by Lemke10
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice shade of scarlet red. A small creamy beige head recedes to a thin coating in seconds. Lacing is adequate. The aroma is about half and half between piney hop notes and caramel/biscuity malt tones. This beer displays some nice balance for the style and types of hops utilized (Centennial and Cascade). Hops impart some bitterness, piney tones and some rind qualities to a lesser degree. Malt provides a beautiful underlying and balance in this beer. Although bread like and doughy at times, the malt profile is primarily caramel. And very nice. Beautiful smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Drinkability is high. It's been months since I tried a beverage from Alaskan and they have picked up right where they left off (in my mind). Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 18:16:56 | More by Bighuge
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Mark

California

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber, one of the darkest bitter I have evere encountered head was thin but lasted nicely, good lacing was present. Nice malty and subtle hop aroma was apparent, somewhat grainy. Very smooth, nice hop pesence with solid backbone of caramel malts. Alaskan Brewing Co. was always kind of passed over by yours truly, big mistake. These beers have become a real joy to drink. Their trademark is outstanding smoothness and drinkability, and this might be the best domestic ESB out there. Get this fine ber if you ever see it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2004 02:53:20 | More by Mark
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Along with Rogue's Younger Bitter, this is one of the best American ESB's you will ever find. It has a complexity in the taste which reminds me in my tastings of various ESBs you don't find too often stateside.

It has a dark caramel color and a thick head. Lace stays for a long time.

Hops on the nose.

Doughiness and aforementioned complexity, which reminds you of Fuller's--of course that's a good thing.

Very drinkable.

Thanks to blitheringidiot for getting me this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 13:54:58 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As I down the last sip of this beer, I sit here wishing I had another 6er, for it is mighty pleasing. But alas, Alaska is a long way from Montréal.

Beautiful and warm deep copper coloured pour rested crystal clear in my glass showing tones of burnt orange. Sadly, no foam on the first pour. Only a thin ring of bubbles. A second more violent pour yielded a larger and rocky head comprised of large bubbles which coalesced into even larger spheres. Not overly attractive but forgiven.

Aromas were charming and not so subtle. A mingling of firm malts and fresh hops up front ushered in notes of caramel and juicy and ripe fruits which dansed with the malt and hops. Hints of candied oranges lingered in the end along with floral aromas.

An average bead rose from the depths of the beer as I took my first sip. Medium but firm in the body with a velvety texture. Flavours are of malt, grains and hops all harmonised with a hint of orange liqueur. A very nice presence, firm malt and a strong backbone of bitterness in the middle which lasts until the end finishing on bitter and drying hops and hints of candied oranges.

A first class session brew with a dry finish and great quenching qualities. Many thanks to my buddy Pierre Archambault who lugged a 6er of this and the amber back from his expedition on the summit of Mt. McKinley.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 01:34:22 | More by Beersignal
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GClarkage

California

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/19/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Moose Drool pint glass.

Appearance- Amber pour with a 1/2 inch head and light lacing.

Smell- A lightly sweetened bready malt. Some hops are noticeable.

Taste- Just a bit sweet with a big hit of bitter hops. Very bready. Caramle toasted malt carries the beer.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, bitter on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability- Very refreshing brew that I'm sure I will find myself having again in the future. Would be a good summer session beer while enjoying a camping trip.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 19:13:51 | More by GClarkage
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zacharius

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice amber color with a thin white head that stays around long enough to enjoy the glass. Smell is of hops and yeasty esters. Taste is of hops than a subtle graineness. Aftertaste is all hops and lasts and lasts. A great brew thats interesting enough to keep you drinking. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 22:47:09 | More by zacharius
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Braz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

01-08-2014 03:23:12 | More by Braz
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prock180

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-03-2014 18:37:29 | More by prock180
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ToddKehoe


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-17-2014 22:43:03 | More by ToddKehoe
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Iowacraft

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-19-2014 20:51:38 | More by Iowacraft
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is an excellent concoction by AK. It has incredible hop flavor, and all the bitterness the hopheads like. Pours dark yet transparent amber, with good carbonation. I like the initial hop taste that really kicks your ass! suprisingly drinkable for an esb, many will mistake it for an IPA aside from the color. The finish shows a little malt but still very hoppy. Great brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2007 06:02:30 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark copper with read hues and a 1/4" white head, little retent, quick dissipating white film lacing

S- herbal, floral, buttery, and malty

T- rich, buttery and toasted malts with suggestions of fig and baked apples up front with earthy hops taking the finish, nicely balanced brew with strong profiles

M- slick and well carbonated medium body with a drying finish

D- richness of brew my make it hard to session, but absolutely delicious beer and an fine example of an ESB

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 09:21:13 | More by tonistruth
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, floral, and well balanced aroma with hints of fruit and pine. Bready malts with hints of biscuit, grains, sweet caramel, toffee, cracker, yeast, and toast. Floral and earthy hops with hints of pine and grass. Subtle citrus hints of orange and lemon. Also some subtle hints of fig and prune.

Taste: Like the aroma, an earthy and floral taste with good notes of grass, pine, bread, and fruit. Bready toasted malt with notes of biscuit, grains, sweet caramel, cracker, yeast, toffee, and toast. Solid presence of earthy and floral hops with notes of grass and pine. Citrus fruit notes of orange and lemon zest. Also some subtle dark fruit notes including prune and fig. A pretty solid balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on the ESB style. Good presence of bitter floral hops with some subtle fruit notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 07:39:45 | More by MattyG85
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IntriqKen

California

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, clear, reddish amber with a small head that disappeared rather quickly. Virtually no lacing even though the carbonation gave a very nice and full mouthfeel.
The aroma is slightly sweet, slightly leafy hops....neither overpowering.
The taste is a surprising balance of the malts and hops....you sense both equally and at the same time in your mouth with neither taking center stage.
Again, mouthfeel is full with a pleasant tingling sensation from the hops, carbonation, and alcohol.
Very drinkable....I could deffinately session this beer.
I think the lack of head may have been due to the pour coming from an older bottle. The tastes and feel held up wonderfully, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 22:58:16 | More by IntriqKen
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Alaskan ESB from Alaskan Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.