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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,289 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 41
Gots: 80 | 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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MacDonaldT84

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-19-2013 12:42:47 | More by MacDonaldT84
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methtlcai

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-17-2013 02:18:22 | More by methtlcai
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FrozenJoe

Alaska

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An alt style beer. Can't say I've tasted an alt before. So this is my somewhat ignorant review.

Appearance: The best thing about this beer. First of all, it has probably the coolest looking twelve pack box in the store. Nice bottle. Thick, light tan head. Dark copper color.

Smell: Odd, faint, sweet aroma. Low carbonation.

Taste: Kind of a let down. I had hopes for this beer to be good. It's nothing special. Kind of a muddy, sour, bitter cocktail.

Mouthfeel: It just doesn't go down smooth. Something not right.

Drinkability: Not a bad little beer. Doesn't taste like an adjunct. Maybe this is where I just don't get an altbier? Not sure. Just doesn't seem that good.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:22:47 | More by FrozenJoe
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RyV

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-30-2013 04:47:00 | More by RyV
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granite

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A---It poured a polished copper with a fine white head.

S---Fruity esters, palm sugar and malt.

T---Bread like base malt and caramel sweetness upfront. Balanced bitterness, then finishing dry and spice like. Some notes of cinnamon and nutmeg from the yeast.

M---Thin bodied.

D---I enjoyed it and I could drink this all night long but it is the polar opposite from what an alt should taste like. The yeast used contributed too many esters. It also lacked munich malt flavor and a clean lager characteristic.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 13:26:08 | More by granite
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Jdub983

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-07-2011 21:49:34 | More by Jdub983
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GeneralZod

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE
Nice red color with very little head retention.

SMELL
Smells sweet, but nothing to impressive.

TASTE
Taste sweet and slightly roasty.
The flavor is much better than the smell.

MOUTHFEEL
Medium coarse, typical amber

DRINKABILITY
As many times as I've seen it on the store shelf, I regret not picking it up sooner. One of the better Ambers.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:42:59 | More by GeneralZod
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Yello5

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

05-01-2013 06:53:55 | More by Yello5
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JaxBen_20J

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +24%

01-26-2014 22:26:26 | More by JaxBen_20J
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Schulte30

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-26-2014 22:21:32 | More by Schulte30
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HotterThanHell

Arizona

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I consumed two pints of Alaskan Amber today at lunch and found it to be a well balanced but average beer.

The color was a nice auburn but the beer had little head retention and virtually no lacing. In the mouth you get a light malty flavor with just a hint of hops (Cascade I think) but the carbonation seems a bit high and that lends to the slightly watered down flavor.

Like the taste, the aroma was also very light if not absent from the beer.

I even allowed my secoond one to warm a bit so it wasn't ice cold but I detected no improvement. Average Amber.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2007 02:06:59 | More by HotterThanHell
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melagnus

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice pronounced hiss of carbonation sounds upon opening the bomber. SRM 13-14 with Med. Amber Copper tinge. Head poured very thin (1 finger) and dies down quickly. Carbonation seems to be mildly prevalent with bubbles rising frequently, but not rapidly to the top.

S - Noble hops, possibly Saaz come through the malty chocolate nodes. Floral caramel also comes through on the nose. Estery alcohol nodes do shine through.

T - Sweet, somewhat dry maltiness washes across the palate. Medium hop presence. Toffee balances well with the hops, though hops seem to win out slightly.

M - Slightly chalky. Carbonation feels mild and doesn't seem too think, though definitely not think. Dry and clean finish.

C - A really great beer that seems to be brewed to style. A great beer and definitely one I would drink more than one of! Though not a session beer due to it's slightly higher

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:02:35 | More by melagnus
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Bis4beer70

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-08-2014 15:34:22 | More by Bis4beer70
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Eldalonde

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an attractive copper color with a thin off white head that dissaptes rather quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose, but there is a small hint of light spice as well.

T - Tastes of toasted biscuits, a nice grain characteristic, and light hops. Nicely caramalized malts are the backbone to this beer. A very nice balance between malts and hops.

M - Rather light bodied, but plenty of flavor

D - Very enjoyable and sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 15:20:27 | More by Eldalonde
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JamesQuaff

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Becker pint after about 15 minutes out of the fridge at room temp.

Pours a deep red/amber with good clarity. 1 finger off-white head dissipates very quickly.

Big roasty grain aromas, caramel, raisins, medium hops.

Taste is slightly sweet, prominent caramel malts, with a decent hop bite to balance it out.

Medium bodied with pleasant viscosity, but the carbonation is just too much when i go in for the 'swish'.

Overall a very good beer, but the carbonation kind of detracts from it for me. Digging the aroma and flavor, but the bubbles are a bit too intense.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 13:30:03 | More by JamesQuaff
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echoes

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Thick, finger-length, off-white head. Leaves noticeable lacing. Medium carbonation visible. Color is redish-amber.

S: Heavy caramel, roasted malts, slight earthy smell attributed to the hops.

T: Toasted malts, caramel, perhaps a bit nutty, spicy and buttery with mild earthy hops. Basically agree with aval89. Not very bitter. Clean finish.

M: Medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is satisfactory.

O: A very good beer. Great malts in this one. The lack of much bitterness with a clean finish makes the drinkability good with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 04:44:37 | More by echoes
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TSJ4000

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a beer that travels from Alaska to the midwest, I'm astonished it is so fresh. The color and initial taste remind me more of a brown ale and not an amber. Light still passes through the glass but the color resembles more of a dark red, brunette almost. The malts lean that way too. I taste a nice roasty chocolate malt that reminds me of a good brown. The hop finish is nothing more than a little bitters to balance out the malt. Underrated beer I will say.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 21:50:05 | More by TSJ4000
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SF_Posse

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-18-2014 02:08:28 | More by SF_Posse
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timmick

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-05-2012 19:49:03 | More by timmick
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brother_rat

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-10-2012 18:55:51 | More by brother_rat
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Honeybourne

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-27-2014 20:41:26 | More by Honeybourne
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AZYescas

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-21-2013 23:43:45 | More by AZYescas
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rka758

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.
$3.50
Okay, but not necessarily something I will reach for again.

A: Poured a deep copper red. Little to no head.
S: Sweet and malty aromas.
T: Sweet bread malts.
M: Pretty good. A little bready.
D: It's a little sweet for my liking. I think a bomber is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 23:45:39 | More by rka758
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Spreetaper

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-16-2014 02:32:09 | More by Spreetaper
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aschdave

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

11-21-2011 20:07:52 | More by aschdave
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.