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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,518 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 48
Gots: 167 | 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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A serviceable amber, passable beer. Enjoyed on tap at The Yard House, Scottsdale. A little sourness,like a drp of cherry fruitiness which also gave it an edgy drinkability. A bit amber colour, a little lace.Hops there, and decent balance. Average mouthfeel.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of sweet malts and an unidentifiable fruity smell.

T - Tastes of toasty malts and sweet fruits.

M - Good carbonation makes for a smooth drinking beer.

D - Very good beer with a tasty fruit essence. I would get this one again.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for this best of styles tick. Served in a tulip.

Pours a light amber color with a thin tan head. Little to no lacing and a slight collar. Nose is pretty light with some bready malt and not too much else. Maybe a touch of earthy hops in the background. Taste is bread crust and a light sweetness. Faint caramel and hops. Feel is quite thin and a bit undercarbonated. Drinks alright, but isn't anything special.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Venice Ale House, Venice, CA

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is relatively malty and has flavors of toasted malts with notes of grain. No sweetness is perceptible. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but there are enough underlying hops so it isn't rendered undrinkable. It doesn't seem to have all of the complexity as German altbiers.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear rust-tinged amber color with a nice head that retains as a film but leaves some shards of lace behind

Smell: Toasted brown bread

Taste: Toasted brown bread, up front, with a bit of earthy and grassy hops arriving by mid-palate; an underlying sweet, chocolate dusting adds complexity; after the swallow, the toasty flavors return and linger through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice alt - not sure why they call this an amber

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this Amber at the New York, New York's Pour 24 bar while in Las Vegas. It's great to sample some of these good beers that we don't get back in 'tucky.

The beer begins with a rich malty aroma, not to be overdone by spicy, citrusy hops. Light fruitiness, nuttiness, and toastiness gives an added sense of richness and complexity to the nose. Impressive nose.

Brightly colored amber color with sparkling clarity, active carbonation, and a firm withstanding head formation and retention. Again, an attractive look.

Flavors are truely malty without residual sweetness. Hints of toffee, toast, and barley give roundness and fullness to the malty taste. American hops add a orange zest, spicy grapefruit flavor that takes the malts into another direction. Light esters of apples, pears, and appricots ride just behind the malt and hop flavors. About as nice of a taste as an Amber can give.

Very well attenuated, creamy, moderate mouthfeel without any heaviness or unnecessary sweetness. Bitterness balances the malts and then some. Crisp, clean, and refreshing thoughout with a minty, hoppy finish.

A bit more agressively hopped than most, but my palate really enjoyed the agression. Great balance throughout, but with that citrusy hop assertiveness all the way. Nice.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber with half finger head and no lacing.

S: typical caramel malt.

T: very sweet caramel malt. Sweeter than most ambers. Some citrus and lemon in the finish

M: moderate carbonation. Light to medium body.

Overall: sweet but ot offensively so. Otherwise a standard amber.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Amber is a beautiful shade of dark orangish copper and is as clear as the proverbial bell. Atop the liquid is a tight-bubbled head of beige foam with a pale tangerine peel cast. The cap was never very large to begin with, but at least it's deflating relatively slowly. The upper portion of the glass remains perfectly clean, while an extended collar forms and lengthens as the beer falls with drinking.

There isn't a whole lot going on in the nose. It's light on toasted malt and even lighter on hops. The flavor, although more impressive, isn't exactly bowling me over. It's modestly malted with a pleasant caramel flavor and a sprinkling of indeterminate spice that's probably hop-related.

I'd like a bit more hop flavor and bitterness, but I guess Amber could be classified as balanced; never a bad thing in an altbier. The finish is on the long side and features lightly spiced, toasted grain. This is clean and drinkable beer more than immensely flavorful beer. The light-medium body contains just enough carbonation to get the job done and no more.

Alaskan Amber is a decent alt. I don't look to be wowed by this style and wasn't by this beer (self-fulfilling prophecy?). That said, it is a friendly sort and goes down easily enough.

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Sweet toffee and caramel malt aroma. A touch of bread, sweet grape, and a little bit of red fruit. Maybe a hint of banana. Sweet malt and grape on the palate. Toffee malt, a little bit of toasted bread, and some red fruits. Minimal hoppiness, just a little bit of floral hop character.

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clean looking brownish red color. The head on top was cream colored and soapy looking. The smell of the beer is basically all malt, not much in the way of hop aromas. The aromas of some grains and toast come through with some caramel also. The taste of the beer was sweet with a dull earthy bitterness in the finish. The caramel and toast notes balance out pretty well. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, decent carbonation and medium bodied. Overall it's not a bad brew, happy I finally tried it.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass well you guessed it amber a full amber at that a thinner off white head atop,very nice clarity to the pour.Lighter malt aromas like that of cookie dough with notes of caramel as well almost no hop really to speak of except for a drifting leaf presence but you have to try to find it.Mild malt flavors as well sweetish cookie dough with some caramel sweetness a touch of crispness in the finish keeps it from being to sweet.A no frills old school beer lightly sweet low in alc% to make it very drinkable.

Photo of largadeer
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear reddish-amber with rising carbonation that feeds the thin head.

Sweet: A delicate aroma of malty sweetness, toast and a hint of fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: Mildly sweet initially with flavors of toasted grain, malt and apricot. The finish is pleasantly dry and crisp and the body is an appropriate medium-light.

Notes: Enjoyable stuff but not something I'd reach for too often. I can see this being great on cask, however.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A minor review milestone, made better by the atmosphere at Moose's Saloon in Kalispell - dark, sawdusty, amazing 'za, and well, beer!

This beer appears a dark amber hue, with one finger of light beige head, with falls away quickly leaving some small specks of lace around the glass. It smells of crisp fruity malt, and mild caramel. The taste is fruit malt - apple, mostly, and soft earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight and smooth. It finishes clean, and a bit sweet.

A simple, skewed ale, but in a good, drinkable way. Good malty stuff. I could see having a few of these in a sitting.

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 zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Best by date: 12/17/08
Consumed: 11/30/08

A - Poured out a copper/burgundy color with a bubbly, off white, one-finger head. It left small, thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled very malty. Sweet with hints of fruit and some floral aromas.

T - It tasted of biscuity malts and was quite sweet. It had a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was relatively crisp and somewhat sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is very tasty and very sessionable. I wish I had more. It could be a good beer to introduce to newbies.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pillow of delicately toasty and caramelish malt seems to be the heart and soul of this brilliant, reddish-copper ale. It's present in the nose, and then again in the flavor... big time! It's very nicely balanced as well, leaving it sweetish and nutty, but not sweet. The emphasis is, however, clearly on the malt, and not the hops. The hops that are present are floral, slightly grassy, and just a touch spicy; but they lay low, giiving only a waft of character to the nose, and an accent of "spice" to the flavor. And that is what gives this beer its incredible roundness and balance. It's rich without being cloying, and oh-so-delicately balanced by its restrained hop flavors and bitterness. It finishes almost without notice, leaving just a smear of nutty, toasty and biscuity malt to linger on the palate; and lending greatly to its drinkability by beckoning you to partake again. Quite nice!

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.