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Alaskan Pale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale

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BA SCORE
81
good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | 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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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed golden color. Medium sized frothy white head taht leaves an drooping pattern down the glass. There's a nice dry-hopped piney and floral aroma. The taste is crisp and refreshing. Citric lemon tones layered with pale and biscuit like malt tones. A bit of caramel malt thrown in to the equation. A slight lingering bitterness. Dry finish leaves you wanting one more sip. Decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 19:33:43 | More by Bighuge
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok comes in the usual 12 oz Alaskan stubbie brown bottle..nice kayaking scene on the label.
I our this into my mug and its like the carbonation goes beserk..virtual whirlwinds of carbonation appear within the dark golden beer..producing an excellent pure white head thats about a half inch thick..nice laceing later.
The aroma is deleicate..but i do dertect the floral hopping in this beer..and its sort of perfumy..some nice malts.
For such a low alcohol beer the taste is very "big"..nice sweetness in the front followed by a dark chocolate bitterness at the end..demerara sugar undertones..strong dark English breakfast tea..very nice
Very nice on the palate..not too dry.
A most drinkable Pale ale would make a fantatsic session beer due to its low alcohol and great taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 19:37:19 | More by Reidrover
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ClavisAurea

New York

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from the tap.

Appearance: light golden brown, almost wheat-like appearance

Smell: flowers and hops, fresh plants

Taste/Mouthfeel: flowers and hops, malty sweet finish

I have a love/hate relationship with pale ales. This one struck me as one of the best on the market and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2008 00:39:23 | More by ClavisAurea
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rowew

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Label has some kayakers in front of a calving glacier. Best by date clearly marked.

Appearance: Completely clear yellow orange color with a medium sized head - fades quickly to just a thin lace.

Smell: Light clean grain aroma with just a bit of floral hops.

Taste: Light and crisp - clean grain, just a bit of hops.

Overall impression: Very simple, straightforward beer, but it has a good flavor. Nice session beer, probably a great gateway.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 19:26:00 | More by rowew
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to koopa for providing this beer in a recent trade.

This beer poured slightly hazy and was a bright gold color. The head was fluffy, thick and the consistency of whipped egg whites. A ton of lacing remained in the glass after the beer was consumed.

Aroma was of light fruit and grain. It was slightly sweet and definitely had a fresh aspect to it.

The taste was light, crisp, refreshing and had a slight bread flavor and also that of subtle fruits. Light berries and other fruit flavors. There was a creamy texture to the beer and this matched nicely with the hop ending.

Mouth feel was light, fresh , slightly creamy as noted above and the carbonation added to the refreshing nature.

Very drinkable. It really drank more like a Kolsch than and APA to me. But I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 02:17:22 | More by Reagan1984
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass. The beer was given to me by my brother after his trip to Alaska.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color with a spongy, fizzy bleached white head foaming up. The head lingers as a thin surface layer throughout sampling.
The aroma is mostly grassy hops and not much else maybe some mild caramel too.
First sip reveals an average bodied beer with tingly carbonation that tickles my tongue on each sip.
Flavor is sweet caramel malt momentarily and then switches over to grassy hops that linger on the finish briefly.
The beer is smooth and drinkable and has a crisp hop finish that keeps things interesting. I bet this would be great at a BBQ or with spicy foods. I enjoy this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 03:49:45 | More by sulldaddy
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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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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

Very nice clear golden color just as advertised. Hoppy, bubblegum smell followed by a crisp hoppiness. Very easy to drink as this is by no means a hop bomb and has a nice malty follow-up, its just nice to see a decently hopped pale ale instead of IPA's always stealing the spotlight.

edit--

after reading other reviews I don't understand if I got a very fresh sixer or my palate is warped from drinking different styles in one session, it tastes hoppy to me ?!?

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 06:14:57 | More by ArrogantB
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-21-2013 08:19:28 | More by ste5venla
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Beer_Slayer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-16-2013 01:00:24 | More by Beer_Slayer
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misterscooter

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A goose laid this golden pale. At least based on the color, which is 14 karat. The head is one inch of thick, foamy white. I’m tempted to float my bottle cap on it but further analysis adds some questions to the engineering analysis and I think better of it. The head slowly disappears into the golden liquid leaving just a bit of lace.

The smell is yeast bread, slightly sweet and fruity, mostly orange with some spice. Very nice and I expect some maltiness in the taste based on the smell.

This one isn’t overly carbonated but you can’t miss it. It feels slightly dry and bitter in your mouth and has definite pale ale characteristics. The malt and citrus flavors are there, too. It is a good, refreshing beer, not top of the pale ale heap but a worthy member and worth looking for.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 14:33:37 | More by misterscooter
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klmcmachen

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-20-2013 00:12:48 | More by klmcmachen
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-30-2013 17:39:24 | More by SpongeRuiner
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kp29

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2014 23:11:42 | More by kp29
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-11-2012 00:26:20 | More by rolltide8425
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sml505

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear, golden color with a nice white, lasting head.

S - Light citrus hops. Notes of bread.

T - Sweet caramel malts and light citrus and pine hops. Mild bitter finish.

O/ M - Crisp, dry and clean flavors. Nice bitter finish. Light to medium mouthfeel. A great session/ day drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 02:36:29 | More by sml505
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ToddKehoe


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-17-2014 22:44:15 | More by ToddKehoe
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-05-2013 23:07:51 | More by ZEB89
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-26-2014 03:21:58 | More by jzlyo
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-06-2012 15:02:22 | More by muskiesman
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange topped by a marshmallowy-thick off-cream head. Very nice. Light toffeeish biscuit, candyish fruit, all backed by spritzy, citrusy hops. Mellow, yeast-tinged cookie malt. Caramelly-sweet with a hint of fruit. Hops balance sweetness somewhat. Light citrus and sap; moderately bitter. Needs more hop presence. Yeasty-bitter finish. Soft, medium-bodied; a little creamy. Nice, easy-drinking PA, on the maltier side.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 17:50:17 | More by alexgash
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-06-2014 00:41:46 | More by afsdan
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watermelonman

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 04:03:04 | More by watermelonman
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RootedFool

California

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Pours lustrous gold with barely a quarter inch of sudsy head rising and falling fast -- no lacing.

The smell is a plume of honey drizzled lemon grass and wafts of fresh bread baking in an oven. Emphasis on the honey.

Taste kicks in with a gentle, earthy hop bitterness, and within seconds meets the honey laden sweetness so evident in the nose. The restrained bitterness holds throughout and never leaves the sweetness unchecked.

Aftertaste is a bready, refreshing bitterness, with those honey notes floating around.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Crisply carbonated.

This brew is working wonderfully with the early spring weather, but I don't think I could drink it on a regular basis -- the honey-like sweetness is too upfront for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2004 01:25:38 | More by RootedFool
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 00:14:06 | More by PhantomVodoo
Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.