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Alaskan Amber - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 115 | 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 beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Sampled at the Birdhouse Bar in Birdcreek AK summer of 92.(from notes)

A: Poured a rich amber color with dark red hues. a flat light beige head quickly dissipates from the top.

S: rich and malty for an amber ale, with sweet caramel and an earthy dry flowery citrus aroma.

T: a nice sweet malting upfront from the caramel. There was an flowery citrus aroma with dry woodsy hints. A nice soft toastediness with light underlying citrus notes best sums up the flavor.

M: creamy mouthful with some sweet malt notes and floral hopping. crisp with a a dry woodsy malt lacing.

D: Nice drinkability, woodsy, earthy and a nice beer that represents its environment.

beerthulhu, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Draft at Jakes in Billings, Mt. recommended by Stephanie.

Poured dark amber color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate sweet hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate sweet flavor with a balanced finish of average duration.

Good drinkable brew.

tmoneyba, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and a some toasted nuts. Tastes of toffee, toasted nuts, and caramel. With the low alcohol, would not make a bad session beer.

Notes from 12/24/06

hopdog, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of MAB
3.23/5  rDev -11%

Not too bad a beer.

Looks like an average ale would. A nice red color, as I would have expected. Smells slightly yeasty (in a good way). Tastes a bit yeasty but malt overtakes that flavor. A bit watery, I found.

Have a "Yukon Red" from Yukon Brewing Company, if you can find one, instead. There's a "real" amber ale for ya.

MAB, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured with a nice deep amber color with a tannish head. Nose is a blend of fruit fermentation aromas and malty. Taste is also a smooth blend of roasted malt and slight hops, malty, syrupy, bread flavor to it and medium bodied. Drinkability is average.

barleywinefiend, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Attractive reddish brown color with a rather thin head. Despite thin head the lacing was decent with light rings of foam on the glass.

S - Very bready and biscuity malt aroma dominates. Light hints of toasted malt as well.

T - Very sweet initially with toasted grain and a breadiness. Hops are spicy with light floral hints as well providing a nice balance. Finishes with a strong malty sweetness.

M/D - A little on the thin side. Decent carbonation. A passable alt, but nothing great. Very easy drinking.

ckeegan04, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Brewsmith
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is fruity - apples with some plum. Color is a burnt amber orange with a tan head that went away fast. Malty, toasty, some biscuit and evenly balanced with bitterness. Medium bodied and finishes dry but just sits on the tongue. Still an easy drinking beer.

Brewsmith, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

Spikester, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Reviewed 12/22/2005 (bottle):

Pours a red/brown color, non-cloudy medium sized head, very quickly diminshing. An aroma of hops, malt, sweet, flowers. Good smooth nutty taste, clean finish. Very tasty beer. I'll have to check out more altbiers if this is representative of the style.

jujubeast6000, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of jmbranum
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%

I enjoyed this beer from the bottle at the Anchorage, Alaska airport.

Attractive iced-tea colored brew, clear with slight head. Aroma is nice and malty. Flavor is very well-balanced, some faint chocolate notes (actually they were stronger when drunk straight out of the bottle the day before while on Alaska Airlines) Very rich. Wonderfully rich and smooth mouthfeel, really this what sets this beer apart.

Don't know about the alcohol content, but it seems fairly strong.

jmbranum, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of stumac
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I had to sneak aboard a fishing vessel and kill the captain, without any of his crew knowing, in order to obtain this beer!

...this brew pours up a dark amber color with a light white head... the nose consists of a little honey... also malty... the taste is dried apple peel... medium bodied... spritzy carbo... pretty decent brew...

stumac, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

Picked up a bomber of this, revisiting after a not so pleasant experience.

A: Poured a nice red/brown with an off white head that billowed up and then knocked down to about half an inch or so. Not much lacing on the glass.

S: From far away I can already smell a large, caramel malt profile, some apple cider smells as well, can't really detect any hops. Not bad though.

T: Many of the same flavors as smells, i pick out a caramel taste initially, water, honey, very light apple taste, not much on the back end. Pretty light as far as flavors go, but still tasty.

M: Thin, crisp, and refreshing, goes down easy enough, pretty wet, doesn't linger too long.

D: This is a very easy drinking, and flavorful beer, much better than I last remember. Goes down easy, I could drink on this all night.

pokesbeerdude, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Had on tap at Pour 24 New York New York in Vegas

A-Typical amber nothing outstanding here but nothing wrong eaither

S-Hops with a mild fruit sweetness,grape or bannana.

T-Light and crisp very clean tasing brew, small nots of sweet malt and the above meantioned fruit.

M-Although a tad over carbonated it saves itself by not being overbearing in any one place, be it the sweetness or the bitterness, body is meduim.

D-Very easy to drink but nothing sticking out on this one that sets itself apart to by it over something else

SpecialK088, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks to "koopa" for making this available to me via trade.

Poured this beer from the bottle and a thick substantial head formed that was about 2 fingers thick and tan in color. Had a great deal of structure and retention. Beer was amber color with orange highlights. Some nice visible carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma was sweet, fruity with some graininess to it. Certainly a malt presence.

Taste was also on the malt side of the spectrum and began with a sweet fruity burst. This also had toffee/caramel notes. Again there was a fruity component towards the end before ending with an almost crisp ending. Nice balance between hops and malt, but definitely favoring the malt notes.

Mouth feel was quite creamy and silky. Medium bodied with subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is nice.

A good beer.

Reagan1984, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Bookseeb
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

Appearance has a light brownish amber with a crisp easily dissapating head. Smell is grainy, sweet malts. Taste of light malts blends to make a slight bitter sweet with the hops, slightly grainy. Mouthfeel is light with a slight viscous to it. Not much complexity going on in this Amber, but it does make for a good session.

Bookseeb, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Appearance: Clear amber with initial 1.5 finger head. Dissipates to thin white crown.

Smell: Brown sugar, malt, and some spicy notes. Pretty faint aroma. EDIT: I smell nothing from bottle 4 of the 6pk.

Taste: Sweet (somewhat grainy) malt, a touch of citrus, some honey, and a mild hoppy finish. Some spicy notes and maybe a bit of wood are there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight numbing effect. Nothing special.

Drinkability: I'm not too familiar with altbiers, but tastes like a spicier amber to me. There's a slight stinging sensation created by the spices and carbonation, but other than that this is an easy drink. Not the best flavor though...

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a light amber, like a glass of iced tea. The head is slight and quick to die. The aroma is thin, slightly malty, but only slightly. The flavor is decent, slightly honeyish, but vanishingly slight on the finish. The mouthfeel is quite thin. This is drinkable but hardly an outstanding example of an Alt.

Seanibus, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

A - dark amber with a nice head
S - malts and bread and a tad bit of hops
T - has a lot of sweet, caramely malt and bread with a slight bitterness
MF - slightly thin, but very smooth
D - this is a pretty decent beer. Very easy to drink and does not dominate the palate as some beers can...

birchstick, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Bockrules
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Brownish amber with perfect clarity. Pours a two finger head, that breaks apart and turns to nothing about half way down the glass. Leaves Behind no lacing

S - inviting toasty-malty smell with a hint of hop bitterness

M - Malty sweet nose followed by biscuity body. The finish is exceptionally smooth and sweet. Leaves a sort of oily feeling on the back of the tongue along with an unfitting bitter-sweet after taste. Overall, I think this beer needs more hop presence and less sweetness.

M - Thin with moderate carbonation. Needs a thicker body

D - This beer sort of goes down like pop. It's very smooth, but I think that the sweetness would get to me after awhile. This is a beer with appeal to to "non-beer drinkers" due to it's lack of hop flavors and smoothness. (My grandparents and father love this stuff) I don't think I'd buy this - but I'll continue accepting it for free.. :)

Bockrules, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Judged it and snagged an extra bottle in the end.

A - Deep amber, light head, medium-high carbonation.

S - Malts, nuts, and pears.

T - Nuts, pears, malts, and earthy hops. Yes, in that order.

M - A bit spicy from earthy hops, carbonation, and fairly drying.

D - Due to the difficulty of brewing an alt, this isn't bad. However, they need to reduce the hops (for earthiness and color) and add more grains (will not be as dry).

MisterClean, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

The beer label says pale ale style alt beer. So which is it?

A- Dark copper with a touch of brown and red thrown in for color mix. The head was there and gone leaving a thin foam film.

S- There is a dark fruit smell that is very present along with a sweet maltyness. I can smell a good amount of sweetness.

T- The dark fruityness isn't there in the taste as much as it is in the smell. The malt flavor is much more apparent. There is also a unsweetened sun tea flavor mixed in. I'm finding this flavor more and more in beers.

M- There is a good smooth feel to this beer, and it feels good.

D- Yeah its drinkable, not my most favorite from Alaskan Brewing, but it is still not too bad.

Wetpaperbag, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.23/5  rDev -11%

Grabbed a bomber at random from BevMo...

Amber, so amber, and clear. Is this a glass of red wine or what? Hope not. The head is fairly disappointing, like prom night.

Smells like cherries. And berries. Pleasing scent. And some kind of candy that I can't identify no matter how hard I try.

Whoa! A little too fruity. Tastes EXACTLY like Vicks cherry cough drops. Thats the smell!!! I'm serious, this tastes and smell EXACTLY like Vicks cherry cough drops. Do a side by side and call me a liar. I dare you.

Mouthfeel is initially a little harsh but eases up considerably as the bottle goes by.

Fairly drinkable. Can't get over how much it looks like wine. It just doesn't seem like beer. The wife likes it.

I have to (with no offense intended) call this a chick beer. Also looks like a vodka cran. Just bothers me. Besides anyone who knows me knows I take my vodka cran without the cran. Probably won't be revisiting it myself but I'll grab a bottle now and then in case I need help getting the wife in the mood...to drink beer!

PatronWizard, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance- It is a light transparent amber almost copper looking. It had good white lace and head.

Smell- It has a malty smell a little bit seasoned.

Taste- For the most part this is a sweet bit but a little hops bite gets you at the end.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied but has sort of a thick feeling to it.

Drinkability- I thought this was a good beer I would like to try more by these guys if I get a chance.

MTNboy, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

A: Deep copper color has very active carbonation and good clarity. Rocky cream head just kept growing and growing. Head has exceptional retention and leaves intricate lace.

S: Toffee, pepper and red oak aromas get stronger as the beer warms.

T: Starts out with a toffee sweetness plus a woodsy and dry backbone. Bitterness is mild and peppery, but also slightly metallic. Finishes dry with a lingering maple flavor.

M: Medium light body is both grainy and syrupy. Carbonation level is a bit high.

D: I was really impressed by this. Very enjoyable all by itself. Complex beer that becomes more so as you drink it.

Rayek, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of montageman
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Bomber received as a gift.

Poured into a pint glass.

I've never been to Alaska, but would like to. However, this beer would not be the only reason I visit. As far as ambers go, this beer is totally fine. The appearance is spot on amber. Caramely sweetness in the nose and leading the way flavor wise as well. Mouthfeel is minimal - almost like water. Yet, for the averageness, this beer is totally drinkable and not offensive at all. This could easily beer paired with some pizza or nachos while watching TV or sitting at the bar with friends. Slight recommendation.

montageman, Aug 10, 2008
Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.