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Alaskan ESB - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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187 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

zbooks, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of MilkManX
4/5  rDev +4.4%

MilkManX, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of beergoot
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

beergoot, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Eaglefan344, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

ONovoMexicano, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Vlaminck
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Vlaminck, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DaveMiller, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of jsprain1
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

jsprain1, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -21.7%

denver10, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of n2pux
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

n2pux, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Furley80, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +4.4%

bundy462, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Auraan
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Auraan, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

bigbeers84, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

LXIXME, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev +4.4%

unclekeith, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of syx
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

syx, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Reidrover, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MattSlem, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of TheDoctor
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

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.

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

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.

TheDoctor, Mar 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

tbone64, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Derek, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of SvenHayden
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

SvenHayden, Mar 06, 2014
Alaskan ESB from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.