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Alaskan Pale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 197
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: crystal clear orange in color with yellow highlights. The head was 1" big. Nice carbonation levels.

Smell: the aroma is of grapefruit and floral tones.

Taste: the flavor is of malt, grapefruit, and mild bitterness - a simple and basic pale ale.

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly crisp at the start. The bitterness lasts shortly into the finish.

Drinkability: not a bad brew but not overly exciting either.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very clear, light golden yellow with a three-finger white head. Pretty good.

Smell: a slight amount of citrusy malt aroma with some nice earthy hops on top of it. Well-balanced.

Taste: slightly grainy, citrusy malt flavor with a little bit of those earthy hops. Hops aren't quite as prominent in the flavor as in the nose, though the brew is nicely bitter. It's kind of sharp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with relatively low carbonation. Not bad, but really nothing to write home about.

Drinkability: this is actually a pretty solidly refreshing brew. I can dig it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, light golden hue, with a fine, white layer of foam.
Aroma: fresh, yeasty, fruity, citric, arousing and appetizing.
Taste: a tidy hop introduction starts it off, fading into the background with a quickness. Bright and tasty, brisk, crisp, but ultimately mild. Brief, delicate finish. Well-rounded flavor, light body.
An excellent session ale, goes down ultra-easy.

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Photo of Spikester
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours light clear amber with a one finger rapidly fading white head. Some scattered lacing. Aroma is very minor caramel and floral hops. Taste is sweet caramel malts with a balanced amount of earthy and citrus hops. Very clean and smooth on the palate it is definately a modest flavor profile for an APA, in fact I would say it is much closer to an Extra Pale Ale. The sessionabilty is outstanding though and I think you could cruise through a sixer in one evening. Well recommended when lighter is desirable. Would also be a great beer for newbies to try craft beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/18/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into my Trout Slayer pint glass.

Appearance- Dark golden pour with a full inch head and very nice lacing.

Smell- Very bready with some heavy malt and a tiny bit of citrus.

Taste- Malt carries this brew with a bready taste. Mild hops in the back or the citrus variety.

Mouthfeel- A bit overly carbonated.

Drinkability- A run of the mill pale ale. Nothing fantstic about it, nothing bad about it.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
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!

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into into a small pilsner glass, the Alaskan Pale Golden Ale (as it states on the label), is aptly named. There is active carbonation and a creamy, small but firm, long-lasting white head that leaves a medium amount of lace.

The aroma is nice and bright, pils malt and fresh bread dough and floral hops.

The taste is mild, sweet bread and malt, with a nice touch of diactly butteriness. This pale ale is a smooth, easy drinker, but nothing notable.

There is a medium light, effervescent mouthfeel, a tad thin but well suited for a small beer.

This has hot day drinkability, but is nothing special or so great tasting.

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

A: Gold colored brew with nice clarity. Rocky white head has very good retention. Leaves substantial lace on the gas.

S: Toasted malt with lemon and grapefruit citrus aromas.

T: Toasted malt up front. Bitterness is well balanced with the malt, and has a mild citrus quality. Finishes somewhat dry with a clean palate.

M: Light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Nice session beer. Not very exciting, but good for what it is.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly fogged amber containing infrequent, superfine bubbles that make their way up to a lightly lemonish ivory cap that is semi-creamy and is just sticky enough to deposit random scraps of lace. This is a good looking pale ale.

The nose is cleanly and brightly hoppy. Citrus is evident, as are golden fruity and lightly spicy notes. No surprise, I guess, since the hop bill consists of Tettnang, Willamette and Chinook. I prefer a grapefruit peel spritzer up the nose, but this one is pretty good.

Unfortunately, Alaskan Pale doesn't quite measure up on the palate. When beer first enters mouth, all is well... but it's doesn't last. Within seconds, the body deflates and the flavor is washed away with it. Echoes of sweet, citric hoppiness remain on the spotlessly clean finish.

Alaskan Pale isn't bad, but it's more of a training wheels APA than a solid version of the style. The bottom line is that it needs more malt and more hops in order to be considered something other than a slightly above average session beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice eggshell colored head, excellent retention as it clings to the sides of my glass throughout. Amberish color, average carbonation. Time to dig in.

Malts are on the biscuity, bready side of the house, faintly sweet towards the finish. Hop profile is really laid back but evident enough to sort things out. Sweetness lingers a bit on the palate and there is no real strong cleanser or zapp at all...just very mellow and yet still packs enough taste in the malts to keep it interesting.

Probably the tastiest low alcohol brew I've had a chance to consume. At 3.7%, it remarkably tasted fresh after a long journey which is kudos to the distribution, Recomended for daytime BBQ type consumption.

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Photo of juzy
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of the bottle and into the pint glass shows a clear yellow color with a creamy head of about a half inch. As it disappated it left behind a nice lace.

The aroma is filled with hay or grass or what you might think the color green would smell like.

A clean, hoppiness up front with citrus overtones, followed by just a smidge of sweet, malt goodness to balance out the dry finish.

I find this to be a great beer to follow up an hour of lawn mowing in the summer heat here in Alaska. Of course I'll have to wait for then experience again, as it's currently only in the single digits with snow looming in the forecast.

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Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of denjen
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light refreshing pale ale here. Almost no malts to speak of, but there is a subtle hop tang to it. Perhaps saaz or cascade. Easy to drink
Jen: This brew has a nice light body that is accompanied by plenty of carbonation. The mouthfeel makes it fun and easy to drink. The taste is of citrusy/lemon hops with a mild pine bite at the end. So far this is one of my more liked Alaskan brews. I find it to be tasty, but not overdone.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very fruity aroma, some floral honey. Bit of grapefruit, sugar, light malt. Nice hops malt balance. Dull golden yellow clear with fleeting white foamy head. Med body and medium carb make palatable. Light sweetness with strong hops flavor, medium bitterness. Some grapefruit, watery. Finish is crisp and dry, after is light bitter.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden hue with a slight haze. Almost a pale lager appearance for this golden ale.

Medium head foams up well but retention is a little limited. Aroma of dry straw on a farm, citrusy fruity notes, and toasted sugar.

Sugary sweet taste with hops. Hard to discern a malty taste at all. THat dry, sugar sticky sweet and pine needly hops dominate.

Finish is inoffenisve and somewhat iniviting. This ale is fairly drinkable and very compatible with numerous foods. Worth a try, but not a regular beer.

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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

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Photo of jacobseyb
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.

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Photo of flexabull
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.

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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.

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Photo of sml505
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly chill hazed golden colored ale with a small white head. There are slight amber hues here but I will call this gold.

Smell is sweet and quite grainy with a pleasant herbal aroma. This is really a British style Pale Ale, the scent here is all English style hops, no pine or citrus detected. Little bit of honeysuckle aroma is in this but it isn't quite flowery smelling.

The taste starts off malty and buttery with a lot of grain flavor. There is a faint flower flavor here but I can't quite ID it. The best I can describe it as the subtle nuances of honey after it has been completely fermented. I would guess they dry hopped with Fuggles. Not much bitterness but this is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very tasty beer that doesn't really taste like an APA. This is very lager like in all aspects and I could almost call it a cream ale. Still this is quite tasty if not to style.

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Photo of Redrover
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. The bartender poured it, so I couldn't check for a freshness date.

Golden pear color, seemed to be lighter than most pale ales. Nice white head and decent lacing. The smell was very fresh. Notes of hops, citrus and some green grass.

Beer tasted fine. Hope presence was less than I expected for this style. Almost seemed like a well hoped lager instead of a pale ale. Still, it was refreshing and very crisp. Drinalbility was high. Mouthfeel was thin for style.

Not a bad beer, just a little underpowered to be a great pale ale.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.