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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 45
Gots: 140 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit that I was disappointed that I could not find the Smoked Porter when I was in Arizona, knowing that Alaskan Brewing distributed there, but was happy to find at least one of their offerings at Top Shelf Liquors in Sedona.

It's an amber by name and color, but even the label says it's an altbier. Careful opening it as it will spill all over the floor due to high levels of carbonation. You'd think it was bottle-conditioned, but their website doesn't mention that so I guess it's not. The head that is raised is impressive as it grows to about an inch and a half thick. It does fall in on itself, but maintains a half inch head all the way down, appearing like a float from the top. As mentioned the color is amber, but there is a beautiful orange glow to it and the carbonation bubbles can be seen easily through the clear fluid.

The smell is really nice, reminiscent of crumpets drizzled with honey and sprinkled with pecans. Unfortunately this does not translate into the taste. The honey does remain, but the crumpets become biscuit and the nuttiness is gone to be replaced by floral hops that bring a balancing bitterness to the sweetness of the malts. I got some phenols out of the finish or I would have rated the mouthfeel higher. The date on the label was pretty recent, but the low ABV may have contributed to turning the beer.

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a: Its amber. I know, I was shocked too.

s: mild caramel aroma.

t: toasted caramel malt, biscuit notes, and strangely, a touch of chocolate.

m: creamy, medium to full body.

d: very easy drinking, easy on the palate, not too boring. for a beer with amber on the label, its pretty good.

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To review this beer I first poured the beer from the bottle into a glass. I then poured it from the glass down my throat. It is a simple, but yet quite delightful process.

A: Crisp amber color with a 1 finger head. Good retention with lots of carbonation feeding it. Off white in color leaves an island affect lacing (stole this from a previous review because I like the description).

S: Some fruitiness, orange like scents. Mostly detect a honey and nut (cheerio, ok not really) scent.

T: The orange flavors play a bigger part in the taste which is surprising. The honey adds a very nice softening affect to the citrus. There is a nut like taste that finishes it off. Also detected is a caramel flavor behind everything.

M: Bubbly on the tongue as the medium bodied beer flows over it. Leaves little oily residue in the mouth. Smooth, very smooth.

D: Easy, very easy to drink. Doesn't spend much time in the mouth without a struggle.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.