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Alaskan Pale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale

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BA SCORE
81
good

189 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent that is dry and refreshing. The taste is decent also. It has a light and plain pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry. It lacks complexity, but has good mouthfeel. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent pale ale. It lacks real flavor, but it drinks well despite it's flaws.

WesWes, Dec 21, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear light to medium golden a very very thin head atop almost non existent head to be honest.Aromas has a light herbal hop smack but it fades quickly leaving a clean toasty aroma,lightly sweet fruity malt flavors with a touch of caramel and biscuit a drying herbal hop finish.Pretty basic not overly hoppy its pretty well balanced and pretty drinkable.

oberon, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – The body is just a bit on the cloudy side. The head though is gorgeous. It rose up easily even on my careful pour and pitted well as it slowly dissipated. The foamy froth left a beautiful lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – This one smells kind of funky. I’m not sure what it is. There’s some really cheap grain in there followed by a strange kind of sweetness. Not too promising.

Taste – Ouch! I have to part with the crowd here. I thought this was horrendous. I did like the refreshing hops, but the cheap Gummi-Bear sweetness that overpowered the smallish malt was very disappointing.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was good. It was “pale ale” enough to be refreshing and everything went down smooth. It’s medium-bodied, so it’s not too thin like a lot of other attempts at the style.

Drinkability – I certainly wouldn’t by this again.

RoyalT, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz snubbie brown twist-off top bottle. Bottled on stamped on the side.

Appearance: Semi cloudy pale yellow beer with a huge chunky white foam head. Great retention with this bad boy.

Smell: Soft hops and grain in the nose. Mild fruity esters can also be picked up.

Taste: Light and silky smooth, with a very even medium malt body. Sweetness is slightly fruity/estery (faint tropical) and sugary (in a watery way). Hops very gently tease the palate, but that's about all. There's a very thin bitterness that lends some citrus/floral flavours and the slightest twang on the palate. Grainy, bitty and dry at the finish.

Notes: This is such an easy drinking beer that it's not even funny. An superb example of a session beer and an excellent crossover beer for those friends that are still reluctant to try quality beer.

Todd, Sep 06, 2001
Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold with a frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet malts, honey and some lemoney hops.

The flavor is sweet and biscuity malts with a mild citrus hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some semi-sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent mild pale / golden ale.

Beaver13, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date. This bottle came from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Happy looking bubbly lace, bit of haze from the yeast in the dull and pale golden hue.

Smell: Fresh kneaded biscuits with some citric rind and vague fruitiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: More smoothness than anything else on the moderate carbonation and slick body. Lots of raw biscuity malt flavours thanks to the yeast. As well as the malt is, the hops drop a mellow citric tone to the palate that lingers further than I expected. A little sweet in the end with a trace of aleish alcohol.

Notes: Not to shabby for a smaller beer, hmmm… the ideal lunch time beer if there was never one.

Jason, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny orange gold with a fair amount of haze, a small, tight head, and some fine flutings of lace. The aroma was of a sweet, melony maltness, and it was well-defined and honestly indicative about the flavors within. The primary flavor was a very sweet, canteloupe flavor backed by light toffeeish malts and a trace of white bread crust. A light orange and grapefruit citric hop element comes into play, but it only provides definition, not bitterness or any strong hop flavors. Mouthfeel lustrously soft and enticing. Drinkability high, but on the whole, this beer was a bit too sweet for me to drink a lot of. However, there are bound to be drinkers who love the sweetness, maybe those who tend to shy away from bitter or roasty beers and prefer fruit or wheat beers. Should pair reasonably well with a robust, oily cut of salmon, or a salad or even a fruit compote. ABV is actually 4.65%; it's the ABW that is 3.7%.

Thrasher, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ste5venla, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of watermelonman
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a light and clear gold with a small head that lasted well. It left a few lines of lace.

The smell is light and mostly of malt. There's just a hint of citrus. Some biscuit flavors start off the taste, taken over by pale malt. Citrus comes back very lightly in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light, while drinkability is very good.

watermelonman, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in an order I made about 2 years ago for some Smoked Porter and NB Fat Tire from Liquid Solutions. I finally got a chance to try this one. Poured it into my trusty Duvel tulip. The beer poured a hazy golden color with a little white head and good lacing. The nose was a citrus, hoppy aroma, very crisp. The taste is a nice balance of hops and some toasted malts. Nice refreshing Alaskan beer.

ggaughan, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of Wnowak
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Wnowak, Saturday at 11:59 AM
Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Griffith, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really like AK pale but if your looking for lots of hop flavor go elsewhere. AK pale is actually a golden ale, and it pours as such, light yellow, transparent and bubbly. However the flavor is of a pale ale, with cascade like hop taste but it is in the middle of the taste, almost in the aftertaste. very smooth and drinkable, great on a hot summer day in the fishing boat.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of CanuckRover
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.

CanuckRover, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan's golden pale ale delivers a beautiful, creamy white head; and a doughy, malty nose that's peppered with delicate citrus rind, lively fruit, and soft, breezy floral notes. It's smooth and lightly dextrinous across the palate, with a very fine-bubbled and somewhat restrained carbonation. Biscuity and bready malt appears first in the flavor, quickly followed by an infusion of delicate citrus notes that are mildly fruit-juicy and rind-like. Its bitterness is well-heeled, and seems only intended to balance its sweetness, leaving it to simply fade from the palate without much ado. Some sweet-biscuit malt does linger, however, beseeching you to take another sip! Wow! This is one really drinkable beer that would be perfect in almost any situation. Very nice!

NeroFiddled, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish golden yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly fades into a thin ring of lace. The slighty floral aroma features faint grainy malt with some citrusy hops. The taste starts off malty with the grain flavor and finishes with a crisp finish. This is not really a bitter beer, but the hops do a great job in making a nice crisp finish. The drinkability factor is very high for me with this particular beer, I could see this making a pretty solid session beer. Overall, Alasakan Pale is another solid brew from Alaskan Brewing Co. that is recommended.

cjgator3, May 29, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got done cutting the grass, let's give this a whirl:

Pours an effervescent golden honey with 2+ fingers of pearl white head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Some lemon hops & a bit of white bread

T: Lemony & grassy hops, a touch of white pepper & some grainy notes up front. Cereal notes, some honey malt & lemon hops carry the day as this warms. Finishes with lemony & grassy hops, plus a touch of grainyness

MF: Medium bodied with some nice depth to it, moderate carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not a super complex APA, but a nice one to hang at the lake with or BBQ

russpowell, May 18, 2008
Photo of Glibber
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Glibber, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

DOCRW, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of bditty187
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, pale gold in hue with a very mellow coppery highlight; the color is very typical for the style. No new ground was broken here. The head was white in color, sticky, about one finger in height. Head retention was fair, it quickly faded to a soapy cap that was close to being naked in the middle. However this tight little cap lasted the entire consumption. There was also a good amount of subsequent lacing, webby. Overall, the first impression of this beer is humdrum. Boring because it is so typical. In this case “typical” is well done. I won’t judge this beer by its cover. The nose offers some shallow hoppiness, pineapple notes are akin to something found in a cookie or cake. Bready notes from the malt are equally sweet but dull and uneventful. There are yeasty aromas with weak fruity notes that can’t be pinpointed. The potency is low. What a disappointing nose, it says nothing. Not inviting, it’s apathetic. Yawn. The palate is slightly more exciting than the nose. Slightly. Overall bitterness is weak. Hops offer hardly any flavor either, boring citric notes. Lemon. Sweetness is pliable and candy-like. Basically there is no malt backbone. I guess there is no need for one because there are no hops either. Yeasty. Fruity notes are nondescript. What a lackluster beer I have here, I don’t see any point in drink this. It is not off, just dull. There is almost no flavor! Medium-light in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is average. This beer is very easy to drink. I bet this beer could be consumed in mass. Note though, the abv is 4.65%. However, I see no point in drinking this beer. It is too mellow, too soft, and not bitter enough. Forgettable. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle on-line from Liquid Solutions.

bditty187, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden in color with a white head.
Biscuity, grainy malt aroma with a touch of hops and a hint of fruit. Smells kind of like a pilsner.

Alaskan Pale actually says golden ale on the bottle. Taste is much more like some golden ales than any pale ale I'm used to. I could confuse this beer for a lager. Toasty malt. Earthy and slightly pungent hops are there only to balance. They don't make a big statement, although the beer does exhibit a certain crisp, bitey character.

Mouthfeel just a tad off. A little thin.
Good drinkability. A very mellow beer.

Overall, this is a solid beer, but it didn't live up to my expectations. 3.7% ABV? Now that's a beer you could have a few of and still be pretty sober.

PhantomVodoo, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

EBeckett3, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 03, 2014
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Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.