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Alaskan ESB - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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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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%

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.

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
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bundy462

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-21-2014 23:33:28 | More by bundy462
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Auraan

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -7%

Poured a clear reddish amber with a thin ring of white that left no lacing. It looks decent, but not spectacular. Scents of caramel, fruity esters, apple, tea and some floral hops. A nice, appealing, pub ale aroma, nothing too complex, but balanced and inviting. Taste begins with some nice caramel malt before moving into floral hop bitterness that is sustained throughout. There is also a distinct herbal hop flavor and some pine resin. A bit of grainy malt on the finish and aftertaste, along with bitter hops. The overall flavor is rather bitter for an ESB, but it's not bad, a little more sweet malt would make it better though. Mouthfeel is light bodied, lightly carbonation and semi-drying, with a bit of a soapy feel. A good session ale mouthfeel that makes you want to another sip. Overall this is a good ESB, with a nice aroma and mouthfeel and a good, albeit bitter flavor. If it was a little less bitter it would be better, but it's not bad.

03-21-2014 09:10:08 | More by Auraan
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-20-2014 01:17:01 | More by bigbeers84
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-19-2014 21:54:31 | More by LXIXME
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unclekeith

Alaska

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-17-2014 15:45:20 | More by unclekeith
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syx

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-17-2014 01:21:01 | More by syx
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

12 oz serving from a 6-pack from Fred Meyer in S.Salem. $6.99(6). Clear hazel nut brown colour with a large creamy thick eggshell white head. Hoppy aroma first..citrus,orange.papaya..not expected for style but nice .Slightly caramel malts in the back. Taste is more like style with the caramel malts taking a better place.Hops still there..PNW style. Its fine enough. Mouth feel is fine and the beer is medium carbonated. OK beer but not the best and the hops are not to style.

03-15-2014 02:56:29 | More by Reidrover
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MattSlem

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-14-2014 05:28:32 | More by MattSlem
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

A:
Pours a clear orange-tinged copper with three fingers of very effervescent beige head that quickly settles to a half-inch or so. Decent retention; barely any lacing.

S:
Caramelized and pretty hoppy. Caramel, black tea, citric hop astringency, soap, lemon rind, nuts.

T:
Mellow with a slight musky maltiness. Dry and lightly hoppy up front with a rising caramel malt taste and some slight astringency; dirt, lemon, some more tea-like astringency in the finish.

M:
Medium bodied, lots of carbonation, a bit thin, and very drinkable. There is a longish aftertaste of hoppy astringency but it is pretty mellow.

O:
Pretty good hoppy ESB.
This is a pretty nice drinking beer from Alaskan. I would say that it is one of the hoppier ESBs that I have had, but it is not too powerful. Actually having some noticeable B in an ESB is a kind of nice change. Other than that I feel like it sticks to the style pretty well. It is very nice looking and has a good long-lasting head, the nose is all caramels and citrus, and the taste is unobtrusive and drinkable. It was a little twangy with astringency, but I really liked it regardless.
Wouldn't turn down; worth a try as it is a worthy session beer, good for ESB lovers, and is widely available.

03-10-2014 19:58:17 | More by TheDoctor
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Karibourgeois

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-08-2014 13:56:40 | More by Karibourgeois
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tbone64

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-08-2014 13:40:22 | More by tbone64
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-07-2014 04:44:13 | More by Derek
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SvenHayden

Texas

3.81/5  rDev -1%

I love Alaskan Brewery. I especially love ESBs. And although this beer is quality like everything else coming out Alaskan Brewery, it seems more like an Americanized ESB. Thats not a bad thing. Its just that what i love personally about ESBs is that they are so english in nature, and when done traditionally, they are a fun break from everything typical in american ales, yet palpable to an american palette. It is easy to think an ESB should be especially bitter because of the name, but historically ESBs were considered bitter just because they were so hop-forward for the time they came out. Most american ales already hover around the IBU level of a traditional ESB without trying to be hoppier. In-short this ESB was a little too hop-forward for me for an ESB.

BUT...still a quality-crafted, tasty beer. Keep rocking Alaska.

03-06-2014 03:55:35 | More by SvenHayden
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MatthewD4

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-04-2014 21:27:16 | More by MatthewD4
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-03-2014 00:51:17 | More by Haybeerman
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +14%

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!

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-27-2014 23:05:59 | More by Michaeldmanley
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BryantForestry

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-26-2014 00:26:01 | More by BryantForestry
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meflyntz

Washington

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-25-2014 07:04:55 | More by meflyntz
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-25-2014 05:20:40 | More by jzlyo
Alaskan ESB from Alaskan Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.