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Alaskan Pale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, May 29, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Jan 23, 2010
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 zeff80
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.

zeff80, Apr 17, 2011
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 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 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 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.

feloniousmonk, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
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
Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this!

Code of A020409 - I'm assuming that that is the production date following the letter, but wish it were stated more clearly.

Pours slightly hazed golden with a light citric spiciness.

The taste is of pale maltiness with a light citric hop presence (in a lemony way), giving some balance to the light sweetness. It has a semi-sweet, grainy, pretty crisp finish.

Light-bodied - a bit watery in the middle. Medium to high carbonation.

A light (I know - that word again - but is fitting here), nothing offensive, nothing special, brew. Borders between American Blonde and APA. It's okay, but forgettable.

jwc215, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Code of A082807, Sampled September 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light and shows a rich copper hue otherwise. The aroma is fruity with citrusy hop notes of candied lemon zest, grapefruit, something akin to kiwi and a definite candied fruit component that smells quite sweet. A back note of aromatic, pale-toasted grain and crushed soda crackers rounds out the dominant fruit aromatics.

Crisp and fairly dry, yet with a touch of clean malt sweetness. Clean malt notes mix with a light, yet present, hop character that leans towards citrus (orange peel, grapefruit and a touch of lychee) and a lean grassiness. A solid bitterness is found in the beer; it is enough that it is one of the larger components of this brew, but this is such a light brew overall that this is not saying a whole lot. The bitterness definitely lingers on in the mouth long after a sip has been consumed. The malt character seems a bit thin at times, strangely even evoking thoughts of macro-brewed lager.

I am not too sure about this brew, it is certainly not bad and is well made, but it just leaves me feeling unfulfilled and as if something is missing. I wonder if replacing the American two row with a good imported base malt would kick the flavor up to the level that I am hungering for. Not bad, and I do like the hoppiness here.

Gueuzedude, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Sep 28, 2010
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.

Gavage, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

GClarkage, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A good pour resulted in a finger's worth of bone-white head with low retention and decent lacing. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose did NOT smell like pale ale. Instead, it smelled kind of fruity, almost like air freshener. Oof. Mouthfeel was medium with a very mild hoppiness on the tongue. Finish had that same fruitiness, along with a mild bitterness at the extreme finish. Hmmm. My C/S host does not get excited about the majority of Alaskan's beers, characterizing them as BBQ beers - bring them to a BBQ and not feel bad if they get consumed. I'll agree with that on this beer.

woodychandler, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear honey color. Thin white head settles quickly. Some bubbles rise relatively constantly throughout. Smells a bit of pine and honey, a bit of aroma hops as well. Nice malty flavor, not alot of hop bitterness, but there does appear to be just a hint present. Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery but good nevertheless.

barleywinefiend, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 12 oz bottle purchased on Liquid Solutions.

A: The pale ale is true to its name, a pale orange-yellow color and crystal clear. The head neared one finger on pour and quickly receded.

S: The aroma is a grainy, caramel malt body with a kiss of hoppy citrus notes.

T: The flavor screams session. A grainy malt body, slightly thin, emerges first, providing a bready palate. On top of that base is a citrus grapefruit hop element. Those hops are subtle, providing hints of their power throughout the sip. That hop presence really makes up for the slightly thin body that I tasted up front.

M: The grainy malts and light hops are very easy on the palate.

D: This is definitely a session beer, light yet flavorful. I wouldn't hesitate to belly up to a few more of these.

akorsak, May 28, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Zorro, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

afsdan, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, and sweet malts.

T - The taste is sweet and a little bit watery, but very tasty.

M - Light-Medium body, well carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice little brew from Alaskan, not sure if I will buy again though, since there are alot of nicer Pale Ales around.

Wasatch, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Mebuzzard, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BillRoth, Oct 20, 2013
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Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.