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Alaskan Pale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale

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192 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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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.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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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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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.