Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,527 Ratings
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78
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Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 50
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored "alt" style beer notably well balanced.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Forms deep copper amber body with a decent sized cream colored head specks of lacing. Aroma: A sweet mildy hopped tone with a wave of toasted malts with a nutty edge nice brew. Taste: Flavor a warming sweetness with toasted malts and very low IBUs kicking in some balance with bitterness, I must say this is one of the better brewed alts I have tasted. Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with a creamy edge to the texture nice. Drinkability: Effortless very smooth creamy and tasty with a low abv built to drink in session.

Photo of Auraan
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a rich amber with almost no head. What head formed was an off-white. It got the amber part down, but it's nothing too special. Scents of sweet malt, bubblegum and slight banana. Pleasant, matches well with the flavor, but again, nothing too special. Flavors of sweet malt, a little bit of toffee and a slight nutty flavor on the finish. Pretty nice, similar to a brown ale, but with a slightly more German flavor profile. Hop character is low, but is present, balancing the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good for a session beer. Overall I'd say it's a pretty good beer. I can see this being a good session ale.

Photo of Docsbrew
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of KoG
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in bottled form and ended up enjoying it fairly well and giving it a 3.5 overall. In my opinion, this is better on tap. The malt flavor is more pronounced and a bit nutty. Mouthfeel comes off a bit better as well. More drinkable to me as well.

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served a clear amber color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Roasted grain & malt with a hint of sweetness.

T: Light malt flavor with a slight sweetness that continues to a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Moderate body that is smooth and well balanced.

D: Very enjoyable and good when having more than one. This is one of my go to beers when working in Alaska.

Photo of harjoeb2010
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A- Poured a very clear amber color with streaming carbonation, a small soapy head that dissipated quickly and left no lace

S- Lots of fruitiness, toffee, grains, and a rich malt character

T- Very rich and sweet toasted malt character similar to that of a Marzen, biscuit notes, bready, and a nice toffee flavor

M- Smooth and medium bodied, lots of prickly carbonation, and a dry finish

O- A very good malt forward beer with a nice richness to it.

Photo of bjohnson
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. big boy brought back from the Great Northwest by a buddy. Sharing it with him now.

A: Pours a pretty clear amber color with a frothy off white slight caramel colored head. Good retention on this bad boy.
S: Smells like an alt with characteristic caramel and toasted malt notes. Grassy hop notes also show up. Ever so slight metallic smell also.
T/M: Not a bad tasting amber. A bit of sweet malt up front that has a caramel flavor. Grassy and floral nop notes are present but hang out in the background. Creamy, soft, and smooth on the palate. Very light and refreshing. Amazingly this beer gets softer on the palate and a bit sweeter as it warms.
D: Very drinkable alt beer. Smooth and refreshing---could be a session beer with that low low low abv.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Guinness branded tulip-style pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a small, quickly dissipating orange-ish head that leaves behind only a hint of lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel and citrus backed up by biscuit.

Taste: Begins with biscuity flavor that rounds out to sweet caramel, plum, apple. Finishes with just enough hop flavor to reveal some citrus and balance out the malt flavors with slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish in the throat.

Overall: A good beer that6 could make for excellent sessioning. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ubiquitous staple of Northwest beer culture for the better part of two decades, but one I have fairly infrequently and one Ive never reviewed. This one served and reviewed on a plane (Alaska Airlines, appropriately); we got a bump to first class, which earned a couple free bottles and some honest-to-god glassware (ok, an 8 oz. cocktail tumbler). Bottle dated 10.09.10 as a 'best by'.

A: Amber (what else?), tinted the slightest bit copper-orange. Modest carbonation but clear and deep; if solidified, I'd search for an embedded mosquito to extract dinosaur DNA from in my quest to create my own Juraissic Park (one that DOESN'T go horribly wrong this time...). Terrific head, a solid one-finger tuft of khaki fluff that dwindles to a thickened cream. Pretty lace, too, lagging in droopy bands.

S: Nutty sweetness and dessert-y baked bread, a malt-forward scent with just enough dried-grass hops for a reasonable balance.

T: Medium roast on the grain, a nut-filled, caramel-rich mouthful. Not as sweet as expected, just a nice balancing dry/spicy breadiness, rye-like. Hints a berry fruit, though nothing discernable. Low bitterness overall.

M: Crisp feel at first with a fine sprinkling of fizz, then a mellowed smoothness. Not heavy-bodied, though just a tad on the sticky/malty side in the finish.

D: Yes, yes it is (drinkable). I'm not rushing out to buy cases, but I was told by the owners of Liquid Solutions (before their sad demise) that at one time folks from 'back east' bought this beer by the truckload - it was a sizeable chunk of their mail-order business. I can see the validity, a very tasty beer I need to add to the mix more often. Recommended.

Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PIcked up a bottle at AJ's for $1.39 in July.

Nice looking red beer that did not pour much of a head. Appears to be highly carbonated. Nose is of caramel malts-a pleasant smell. Taste is of caramel malts, a hint of nut, with a semi-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full and this is a nicely carbonated brew. Overall drinkability is good, this is a tasty little beer!

Photo of BYOFB
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint

Nice amber brown color with a light tan head that fades rather quickly with no lacing. Smells a bit sweet, bready, and a bit musky. Not picking up hops here...

Taste has a bit of brown sugar and the musky flavor shows up as well. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice finish. No bitterness.

A decent brew. Reminded me of some early ambers that were my gateway into craft brews.

Photo of Japerrault
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber ale with a cream-colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Fruity, caramel, honey grain aromas

T: Sweet malty brew with flavors of toasted bread prevelent. Very little hops noticed.

M: Good mouthfeel. Fuller bodied, and definately not a thin feel.

D: This is a decent beer that is quite easy to drink.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that was amber in color (no surprise right?). The smell was a very nice fruity aroma. I liked it. The taste however was kinda funky and departed from the smell. It was very easy to drink and I thought it would be a decent session beer but I am going to have to drink this a second time to form a good opinion.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the more drinkable ambers ive had recently. pours a lighter shade of red, with a decent white head. smells malty but balanced, less sweet than most, and doughy a little, but not raw in any way. flavor is terrific, really round flavor, perfect balance and an appropriate mouthfeel. medium bodied and soft. this is a session amber all the way, nothing too sugary to rot your guts, not too malty to fill you up, not too anything. perfect after a hard earned win with the hockey team. affordable too, will be purchased again

Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appropriately amber in color, thin lightly tan head of foam that leaves a bit of spotty lace.

Nutty, malty sweet, hint of earth. Just a bit light overall.

Solid malt sweetness, nutty, mildly fruity, earthiness to the hops. Slight alcohol at the end. Really tasty beer overall.

Very soft carbonation, lighter side of a medium body. Smooth and lightly crisp. Quite refreshing in fact.

One of the more enjoyable alt beers I've had. I think this is a really good beer that drinks exceptionally well. Quite surprised by this one.

Photo of skillerified
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful dark copper tone with a tan color to the head (which was small due to the pour, but still tan nonetheless). A lovely doughy caramel and sweet malt scent wafted from the glass. Going down, the beer had a great and wonderfully drinkable creamy character to it. Sweet malt and caramel also took the show in the flavor department. Nothing too exotic, but this brew made for a delightful experience that paired well with both an Irish style meat, bread and cheese platter and the fish and chips basket that followed.

Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Largely clear, coppery-amber in hue with a slight golden influence, the color is pleasant. The head formed poorly, only a small cap of bubbles topped the liquid and these bubbles fizzled away to an insignificant collar in a moment, before leaving completely. This does nothing but hurt the appearance. There was no subsequent lacing. Honestly the appearance from top to bottom is too average to be noteworthy. The nose said, “Alt” on the first sniff. I like that. Sweet, grainy malts with a biscuity caramel underscore. In the middle is a lovely array of fruity aromas, peaches and strawberries. The finish offers a soft smattering of earthy, grassy hops. The nose is perfectly articulate, the potency of these aromas is moderate but I understand what it is saying. Inviting. I’ve had more dud Alts then good ones. Surprisingly this falls into the latter category. I haven’t been impressed with Alaskan Brewery (aside from the AK Smoked Porter). I was expecting this offering to be lifeless and limp. It wasn’t. Upfront is a blast of malty sweetness with undercurrents of grainy, biscuty qualities and this says nothing of the caramel influences. This maltiness lingers awhile. In the middle is a kiss of astringency and most of the fruity tastes (berries, peaches, and oranges). In the finish, like the nose, are the hops, earthy, grassy with a mild bitterness that does manage to balance the beer nicely. The palate is well crafted, I am impressed, and I find this Alt to be quite tasty. This beer would be great for a crossover beverage; I can see no reason why this beer couldn’t supplant Fat Tire as the reigning western “amber ale.” I guess Alaskan needs to get a catchy name for this beer… and find a wider distribution area. Details. Around medium in body, the carbonation level is on the low side of moderate but it feels natural. The mouthfeel is a bit slick but appropriate. Pleasant. This beer is very drinkable. Give me six full bottles and I’ll return you six empty bottles... in no time flat! There isn’t anything special about this beer but not every beer needs to be “mind blowing.” Sometimes simple… tasty… quaffable… is all a beer needs to be. I say, well done with this one. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle on-line from Liquid Solutions.

Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a two finger head and plentiful lacings. Aroma is some dark caramel, scant floral hops.
Taste is well balanced though slightly tilted toward the malts. Nice medium bitter finish. A very easy drinker. The abv may be 5% not 4% as listed. It certainly feels more like a five. Good session Alt if you don't mind the sweetness.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear bright, but dark reddish amber with a decent white head that had a nice slow fade and some very good lacing. Smell was nice, a bit lit, ful of grain and bread tastes with a hint of yeast, and a slight bitter hop trying to work its way into the back, overall not bad. The taste was very full. Lots of malt flavors with a hint at a nice slightly hopped back. A very good session beer and a fine offering from Alaskan brewing. I am not the biggest fan of ambers generally, but this was rather nice. I could see myself putting down several of these with ease, a very good call!

Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the amber brew. Head fades, but laces beautifully. Aroma is sweet malts with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is grain husks, which lasts throughout, winks of fruit here and there, and joined by light hops at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, but limited just a tad by that fruitiness which gets a bit pushy by the end of the bottle. Nice beer overall.

Photo of tylerhw
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/21/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice altbier style. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/red with a thin tan head. Smells of sweet caramel and bread. Taste begins with some sweetbread, then some toasted nuts, and finishes with a slightly earthy, mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is rich, medium carbonation. Quite a nice alt, a rich malt lovers dream.

Photo of JamisonM
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber color with off white head that is rather soapy looking does not look like its going to stick around the entire review

S: sweet buttery malts smells quiet deep and good

T: rich and deep malts come through very nice malty beer

M: med mouth med cabonation

D: drinkable but sweetness can be too much so I cant give it above a 3.5

overall: very good beer interesting style I like this style with out the alcohol burn like the big old ales its a drinkable malty beer that makes the malts the star of the show and I really liked it good price for a 6 pack as well! I will buy again for sure!

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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