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Alaskan Pale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale

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BA SCORE
81
good

179 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%


Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Golden Ale. A blonde, lighter bodied beer with a floral aroma and a crisp, hoppy finish that's not bitter. The hop character of Alaskan Pale is due to dry hopping by hand during the fermentation process.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2001)
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harrymel

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 24JAN13

Pours light golden with a solid soapy white foam sheet. Smells of grass, lime, citrus some light grain. Simple nose. Taste is grainy, light malt, some golden raisins and juice with some hints of metal. A really simple, refreshing character. Light bodied with prickly, present carb and a dry finish. Nice beer, but more of a pilsner for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 06:35:41 | More by harrymel
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw yellow, lots of clarity to the beer, can definitely see through to the other side of the pint glass (alaskan ipa glass if anyone cares, some people seem to write their glass info frequently/always). White head, 5/8" with moderate lacing and retention. Grassy aroma, not oppressive. Not really hoppy, just grassy, a little grainy, not too much going on.

Toasted malt, not roasted or burnt, just likely toasted like the Cypress Hill dude says in the Hullabalooza Simpson's episode. Crisp and attentive, tight carbonation, very little in the way of aftertaste or mouthfeel, ibus are probably in the mid30-40 range. Still has the grassiness moreso than any other characteristic. A decent summer option and palate cleanser.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 18:38:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Rather thin head, but good retention. Decent lacings to the finish.

Surprisingly grainy aroma, awfully sweet, with barely perceptible floral hops.

This is really clean and crisp. Sweetish grain up front, fruity yeast seems to contribute quite a bit through the middle. Very slight hopping in them finish. Quite quenching.

Admittedly not my favorite style, but an easy-drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 17:09:26 | More by CanuckRover
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alexipa

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear yellow/orange with a thin head that turns to a slight film shortly. No lacing.

S: Bready malts, no hop aroma coming through at all. Nothing really jumps out here.

T: The malty bread notes come through on the taste, along with some nondescript hop bitterness. Bitterness seems to be entirely on the back end (this along with almost no hop scent, leads me to believe they have nearly no late-addition hops).

M: Alaskan always seems to pretty much nail mouthfeel. This one is no different, I could drink lots of these in succession.

O: A pretty forgettable but solid pale ale. I would have liked some late addition hops as noted earlier. The base beer is similar to their amber, which I like quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 22:54:57 | More by alexipa
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rawfish

California

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light straw-gold with surprising clarity. A decent finger high cap of white froth forms. A good attempt at lacing but it quickly falls apart with minimal retention.

Pale malt with cereal grains and sweet corn. Very little grassy hop character. One dimensional but not at all unpleasant.

Cereal grains, adjuncts, extremely raw and grainy in the forefront but less sweet corn than expected. Rather clean when it transitions to barely detectable grassy hops with a lemon twinge. Disappears off the palate with more unrefined grains.

Less than stellar carbonation over a thin, watery body. Not nearly as crisp and clean as I would've wanted.

Easy to forget that this is a blonde ale and not a pale. Hops are in short supply while the malt bill could be tightened up some. Well traveled beer but awfully grainy and raw. Alaskan has better offerings than this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 22:47:51 | More by rawfish
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scarfield

Nebraska

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

App- Pours a clear golden blonde with a 1 inch head. Lacing is spotty through the glass.

Smell- Mostly malty bread comes through, but a bit of citrus in there as well.

Taste- Bright and malty from the start to finish, not much bitterness in there at all. Aftertaste is perhaps slightly stale or earthy.

MF- Low in carbonation, thin, but still quite drinkable.

Overall- A nice session beer, doesn't do damage to the palate. Not much outstanding, but nothing too negative about it either. Overall pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:41:05 | More by scarfield
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with a thick cap of white head. Nice retention and lacing is excellent.

Nose is grainy with a touch of nutty yeast. Hops are light and the beer has a little bit of a zesty aspect I usually find in a koelsch.

As a beer overall it is merely decent, but for a blonde ale it is quite tasty. Hops provide a nice little (and much needed) spectrum of flavoring to bittering. Body is very light and the malt is mainly just grainy with a touch of honeyed biscuit. I really like Alaskan's house yeast, has a subtle nuttiness and is very soft. Pretty decent beer, I dont think one sixer would be enough for a backyard bbq, might want to grab two...that way you can share a couple!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 18:47:36 | More by twiggamortis420
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, one finger head without much carbonation, tries to leave some lacing behind but just can't seem to do it.

S-Some wheat/bread tones, mild hops, not much else.

T-More of the wheat/bread from the nose. A little bit of spices, earthy and floral. Bitterness isn't really there.

M-Light and lacking in carbonation.

O-Kind of a bland, run of the mill beer. Yeah, you could easily down a few of these on a hot day but flavor wise; nothing to knock your socks off.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 05:58:38 | More by rlee1390
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Immediately this beer is set apart by its astonishingly clear gold body. The head is white and fizzy, and after a bit there is only a scrappy layer on top. But this looks quite appealing.

The aroma is light but displays very mild floral hop notes and a subtle dose of maltiness that doesn't smell like anything cheap, but instead fine pale malts. A swirl brings up just the slightest touch of yeast.

The flavor of this beer is a showcase of tasty pale malts. All the right cracker, biscuit, and crusty toasted bread notes are there. The hops are nice and provide great balance and support without detracting from the drinkability of this malty blonde ale.

The mouthfeel is light with higher carbonation.

Conclusion: This is exactly the kind of beer that turned me on to beer way back in the first place. I couldn't get enough of that malty taste when real pale malts were used instead of adjuncts. Lately I have ventured into more and more obscure flavors and styles and it is nice to come back to my originally loved flavors! This is a great American blonde ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 22:10:43 | More by allforbetterbeer
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notchucknorris

California

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color with pretty much no head at all.

S: I'm really not picking up much. Maybe some pale malts but there's really just not much there.

T: Smooth and really malty upfront with some very faint pine hops in the middle. Some bready malts on the finish. Overall, pretty underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:39:28 | More by notchucknorris
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gkunkle

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates into a patchy foam on top of my beer. Smell is of earthy hops, didn't really knock my socks off. Taste is a fresh clean hoppiness with some light easy-going malts. Mouthfeel is on par for an APA. Overall, this is an okay beer, but there are a lot of pale ales out there and this one doesn't make into my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:23:31 | More by gkunkle
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially had a nice fluffy white head, but this quickly faded leaving a thin film on the top. Some very nice lace down the sides. Good presentation. Smell was out of this world! May have been the freshest smelling brew I have ever head. Smell was gooey fresh cut hops, like you broke it off the vine. Very strong as well. Fantastic, I could use this as an air freshner. Depp piney and citrus, pineapple like tones, with just the right amount of sweetnss, mixed in with a fresh cut grass smell, wonderful. The taste was very nice as well. Very nice, light and hoppy. Hints of vanilla and oak permiatted through and blended well with the terrapins naturally great rye pale flavor. A little thin on the mouth, I thought it would have come out slightly more robust then it did, but it afforded a wonderful long lasting dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 15:13:44 | More by mikesgroove
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zeff80

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and good sticky lacing.

S - It smelled a little grassy with some caramel sweetness. Not much else.

T - Taste is a nice burnt toast maltiness with some toffee. It had a grassy sharp hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a very clean, dry finish.

O - This is a very nice pale ale. It would be great dining al fresco at an Alaskan restaurant.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 19:31:50 | More by zeff80
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flexabull

California

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear gold color with a decent white head.

Smells like hard candies, crystal malt, and lemon citrus.

Taste is clean, doughy, with light spiciness. Crystal slightly sweet malts flavors dominant, and the finish is crisp, dry, with a lemon citrus hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, and nicely carbonation.

Overall, a decent pale, not offensive, drinkable, but uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:11:51 | More by flexabull
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a big, white head. Settles slowly to a nice creamy lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color. Clear body. Mellow upward carbonation.
S) Kicks off a pleasant malty aroma with subtle fruit and floral notes.
T) A well balanced pale ale. More malts than hops - caramel and nutty tones. A mild fruity hint in the finish - citrus with some red apple.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Lighter side of medium. Dry in the finish.
D) A decent pale ale. I'd have another. True to form.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 00:51:14 | More by u2carew
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SamN

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Could be mistaken for an adjunct. Light hues of honey and hay, quite pale and clear. Head, too, reminds me of an adjunct. Thinner and not what I like in my pale ales. Smell is of some light tropical fruits, some honey malts and a clean grassy/hoppy finish. Faint aromas. Flavor starts off with grainy malts tastes and has a flat hops taste. Cheap, tinny aftertaste. Not so great tasting. Balanced, but neither flavors are that great to begin with, so who cares if its balanced? Mouthfeel is pretty good, light-medium bodied with subtle bed of carbonation.

No juicy hops, and no slightly sweet pale malts. Just grainy low-quality malts and cheap, flat, metallic hops. Tastes too much like a Bud Light, but with slightly stronger flavor. Weak beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:03:44 | More by SamN
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ebrauser

Utah

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to the pint glass

Appearance: Straw gold pale with ample white head.

Aroma: Bready sweetness with some honey

Flavor: Biscuity and bready. THe middle is malty mixed with citrus tones, which then leads to a mildy bitter and acidic finish. Doesn't have any strong hop backbone like other APAs, but does restrain from fruity or overly sweet malts that might confuse it for a stronger IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 04:56:00 | More by ebrauser
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jacobseyb

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a slightly dark yellowish golden color with a white head. Retains some and doesn't lace much. Smell is slightly peppery with some citrus. Taste has a spice to it with the grains. Feels good with ample carbonation and a nice crispness. Overall an average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 04:40:58 | More by jacobseyb
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Halcyondays

California

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear goldenrod to orange, with a solid finger of white head, above average retention and lace.

S: Husky grain notes, grapefruit, mandarin orange/orange creamsicle.

T: Relatively innocuous bready pils style malt is there. Hop flavour consists of orange, other light citrus (grapefruit and lemon), light bitterness.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, very clean, flavours are direct.

D: Nice little pale ale, really not too bitter at all, so it could make a good starter craft, well priced for what it is, under $9/6er.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 04:09:33 | More by Halcyondays
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Offa

California

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale is very light but also very nice, with a clean and firm well-rounded, balanced character, a great, tasty easy-drinking beer.

Golden, it has a big white head slowly shrinking to a smaller but lasting, puffy, somewhat rocky head, and leaving a lot of nice, frothy lace.

Aroma is grain, apple, the light citrus with lemon and hint of grapefruit as well as hints of herbs and grass. It is very nice.

Taste is crisp with mineral, clean, light grain, slightly yeasty, and hints of peppery-grassy-citrusy hops with a bread-grain-apple aftertaste. In some ways, it is one of those ales that is very similar to a full-bodied, hoppy pale lager in character, with a light but definite ale yeasty quality.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 00:05:03 | More by Offa
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

It's their lightest year-rounder, showing a crystal-clear golden-yellow color. Hefty three fingers of head with some great lacing on the glass. Mild citric and peppery hop nose with a sweet maltiness that suggests honey and shortbread. Very smooth; a little crispness gets bounced off of the moderate body. A very clean palate lets the malt come through with a mellow biscuity flavor; hops are a little bitter with citric, wildflower and peppery flavors. After the hops settle, the malt comes full circle with more of a dry bread flavor in the finish.

Bigger is not always better, and many times, simple can be best. Nothing that will make an über beer geek do a double take, but certainly a session ale of greatness.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 20:59:45 | More by BeerAdvocate
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jsprain1

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Appearance is a clear golden with rather weak head retention.
S- Fresh bread, some grain, a bit of faint citrus zest. Rather underpowering.
T- An opening reminiscent of biscuits and honey, with a grainy finish. I was left wondering where the hop presence was. I don't need a hop bomb, but the hops just didn't seem to check in anywhere.
M- Light body, and a bit undercarbed.
D- I found this beer to be pretty decent when I had it on tap. Out of the bottle, it lost its zest. Still drinkable and enjoyable, but the bottled version is underwhelming for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 05:33:07 | More by jsprain1
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a nice head that leaves some splashy lace

Smell: Biscuity and grainy, with a hint of lemon

Taste: After the biscuity opening, the grainy/lemony flavors take over and dominate by mid-palate and after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but I really don't care for the flavor profile

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 20:57:19 | More by brentk56
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NatetheGreat

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: gold, clear, like a lager without much head even with a vigorous pour

S: grain, slightly sweet like honey, and a touch of hops that are hard to pin down

T: hoppy, earthy but light, mild bitterness. Grainy, with a little corn. Not a lot going on, but crisp and refreshing.

M: carbonated, a bit spritzy, moderate body

D: good, refreshing, drinkable beer. Almost a hybrid pale ale/pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 06:14:34 | More by NatetheGreat
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womencantsail

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly chill hazed golden color with a thin layer of white foam that sticks around and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: There isn't much of a nose on this beer. Some citrus and grassy hops and perhaps a bit of malt.

T: A pleasant citrus hop flavor without any real bitterness. The malt is present, but not overly sweet. There is a slight earthiness to the finish.

M: The body is medium but perhaps a bit on the thin side. The carbonation level is moderate. It has a nice crispness to it, especially when cold.

D: Nothing particularly outstanding about this beer, but it's a good session pale ale. Low alcohol content and a crisp finish would be nice on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:20:40 | More by womencantsail
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Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.