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Alaskan Pale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale

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180 Ratings
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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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Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 20:26:32 | More by Gavage
Photo of mschofield


3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium gold, topped with a two finger foamy off-white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Fruity aroma, toast, candy and floral notes as well.
Fruity taste, apricot, mild floral bitterness, toast, light toffee.
Light to medium bodied, drinkable but would get boring after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 00:39:37 | More by mschofield
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 16:55:39 | More by NeroFiddled
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 21:44:10 | More by bditty187
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 22:30:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 20:35:14 | More by WesWes
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3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dirty yellow with a slight haze. Head is but a thin film of white on the top of the beer with little dabs of lacing on the glass. The smell was softly sweet almost melon like.
The taste was also sweet almost melon like as well with a slight citrus hop charcter toward the end. What a great session beer not overly heavy and light enough to enjoy all day long.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 23:03:56 | More by HochFliegen
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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%.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 05:32:21 | More by Thrasher
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 04:00:22 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Mark


4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This medium gold color pale ale is a winner from this fine underrated brewery. Head lasts and decent lacing is left. Aroma is floral with some citrus tones. Taste profile is similar with the Alaskan drinkability factor to seal the deal.
Lightish refreshing mouthfeel, very refreshing overall and drinkability as above mentioned is tops. This just might be the beer that will dominate my drinking habits over the next month. Can't go wrong with this baby.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2004 02:58:19 | More by Mark
Photo of joecast


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep gold color with a thin layer of white foam on top.
nice spicy hop aroma with a taste similair to sierra nevada, but lighter on the bitterness and perhaps a smoother finish.
overall, id have to say i like this a bit better than snpa mainly because of the differences in and level of hops. this doesnt have so much a sweetness to it that can get a bit distracting to the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2004 17:37:04 | More by joecast
Photo of BeerAngel


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale tea-like color that is very clear and sets beneath a massive 2-1/2 finger off-white head. The smell is light buttered fresh baked bread and just a hint of citrusy hops. The taste reveals much more hops than the impression of the aroma revealed and tapers into a light biscuity malt and somewhat watery in the middle, but does not end without getting more of the hops. It is not quite as complex as I like, but it is plenty drinkable especially with this low abv. It is light bodied and finishes just slightly dry. This is slightly one-dimensional and would make a nice brewpub quality beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 05:38:09 | More by BeerAngel
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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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3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 22:02:32 | More by ChicoraBoy
Photo of MobBarley


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here is a Pale Ale that doesn't fit too well with its PNW cohorts, but has a distinctive character to bring to the table. Pours (what else?) a nice pale golden hue with copious columns of cabonation. Thin, one finger head dissipates rather quickly, and the small bit of lacing is nice.

The smell is immediately floral in nature, soon giving way to a honey-sweet maltiness before finishing piney. The taste here is not overly complex, but is very well balanced. Toasty malts dominate but there is a floral/citric hoppiness that lingers.

Mouthfeel, esp. in summer is great due to the crisp flavors and ample carbonation. Drinkability is superior due to low ABV/solid taste. A winner of a session brew, even if it doesn't quite fulfill my personal definition of an ideal Pale.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 07:17:38 | More by MobBarley
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 02:59:31 | More by feloniousmonk
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 03:20:42 | More by RoyalT
Photo of drewbage


2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle at the Falcon's Christmas in July Tasting

Sharp citrusy aroma with a grapefruit rind approach with some dry toasty malt notes.

Appearance is pale orange with a light white head that sticks fairly well to the glass.

The flavor and body are ruined by a disastrous amount of buttery diacetyl and a hint of corny malt and an acidic finish.

It's unfortunate, but I I'm cerrtain this was a well travelled bottle of what feels like it should be an otherwise fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 07:55:11 | More by drewbage
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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
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium head, and hoppy nose. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly bitter. A good balance between malts and hops. Slight citrus taste. Nice flavor. Finish is mild, slightly bitter. Very drinkable. Would be a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2003 20:09:17 | More by beerguy101
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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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3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 16:33:13 | More by Redrover
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 16:32:14 | More by Jason
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A limpid deep golden amber color, the head is modest in size, frothy in texture, the lace left over a fine coating to conceal the glass. Sweet malt nose, lightly floral, citrus crisp and fresh, start is malt laden and lightly sweet with the top middling in feel. Finish has an astringent bite, the hops apropos to the style, dry lingering aftertaste, and quite a nice drinkable beer that would make a fine session beer for the hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 12:22:36 | More by Gusler
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4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from a trip to Cordova AK June 2002

Fairly hazey yellow color with a full foamy white head. Mild smell, this was almost to mild, very light hops and some lemon-like notes. Taste of sweet hops and hints of lemony fruit and fruity sugars, light but solid. Nice and smooth, light and pleasing feel with a medium malt body, excellent. Finish is also smooth, a little dry with a great, thin hoppy tone.

One hell of a great easy drinker!

While in Alaska last summer I was able to get a variety of the Alasan brews and this was my favorite. I even made room in my suitcase and took home a 12 of this stuff. Much better then the Amber and smashed the ESB. I didn't get to try any Smoked Porter or Oatmeal Stout, damn! Out of season. Still a great trip.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 09:21:39 | More by tavernjef
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