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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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MTBrewr

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-28-2014 00:37:30 | More by MTBrewr
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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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Jameswoody

Montana

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-26-2014 03:01:05 | More by Jameswoody
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drinkAK

Alaska

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-20-2014 23:48:17 | More by drinkAK
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Lagerquestrian

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-19-2014 01:58:37 | More by Lagerquestrian
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ToddKehoe


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-13-2014 19:35:08 | More by cbcrunch
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Fabiand

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-11-2014 21:03:08 | More by Fabiand
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J_Dub

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-10-2014 01:01:32 | More by J_Dub
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vkv822

Oregon

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, coppery red with a foamy, faint beige head.

Malty, bready base, caramel notes, floral, herbal hop character.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done ESB. Delicious, malty base highlighted by a well done hop character.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 08:33:28 | More by vkv822
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Asics

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-09-2014 08:16:07 | More by Asics
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Mortarforker

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-06-2014 23:20:18 | More by Mortarforker
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mnredsoxfan69

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep red amber with 1 finger of moderately lasting foam. Nice lacing on the tulip glass.

The smell is lightly citrus, grapefruit especially.

There's a taste of dark malt buried under the strong grapefruit peel of the hops with a little bit of sweetness in there as well. Strongly bitter, long on the palate.

Good carbonation, not too fizzy, medium light to medium bodied.

Overall I rate it as good, but not great. I've tried it and can now move on to something else.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 18:35:44 | More by mnredsoxfan69
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-06-2014 00:41:14 | More by afsdan
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zbooks

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-02-2014 22:56:30 | More by zbooks
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MilkManX

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-31-2014 18:48:14 | More by MilkManX
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beergoot

Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date on label: 11 031514

Clear, copper-colored body with a rich, thick head; gobs of lacing and sticky rings. Pine aroma; slightly spicy scent. Mild caramel flavor with a hint of tea-like astringency; smooth hop bitterness. Medium bodied; smooth and clean; dry finish.

A solid ESB with good balance and intriguing flavor combinations. Definitely malt forward and the hops do their job by nicely counterbalancing the grain sweetness. A solid, satisfying offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 22:25:39 | More by beergoot
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-29-2014 02:18:01 | More by Eaglefan344
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- dark amber color with slight carbonation. A finger thick head, light khaki-colored. Leaves some lacing and exhibits a good head-retention.

S- Piney, resinous hops blended with some bread and maltiness.

T- Earthy, grassy and floral, almost hay-like in the hop profile. Get some sweet malt, a hint of molasses, and some bread.

M- Pretty damn bitter, I'd say. Certainly towards the finish, an almost punishing bitterness lingers. It starts off much more mellow and works its way through a sweet, semi-creamy middle, before the hop blast. Pretty intense.

I am enjoying the beer and find it drinkable. I'd perhaps like a more pronounced aroma and malt presence, but the absence of these doesn't break the beer. It's good.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 18:42:46 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Vlaminck

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-27-2014 05:11:30 | More by Vlaminck
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-26-2014 14:18:20 | More by DaveMiller
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Red copper color. Head is one finger tan colored, with some lacing.
S- The aroma is a bit of grapefruit and a bit of toast. Fairly citrusy all the way around.
T- A good flavor to it. A bit of sweetness gives just enough to counter balance the assertive grapefruit and citrus hoppiness. There is just a touch of steeliness in the finish.
M- A bit light in the body. Medium-assertive carbonation.
O- A decent beer. Nothing extraordinary, but it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:09:35 | More by jsprain1
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denver10

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-24-2014 02:38:07 | More by denver10
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n2pux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-22-2014 01:05:42 | More by n2pux
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Furley80

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-21-2014 23:56:23 | More by Furley80
Alaskan ESB from Alaskan Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.