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Alaskan Pale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale

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BA SCORE
81
good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 11
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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

04-23-2011 15:13:44 | More by mikesgroove
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zeff80

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

04-17-2011 19:31:50 | More by zeff80
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flexabull

California

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

02-22-2011 04:11:51 | More by flexabull
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a big, white head. Settles slowly to a nice creamy lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color. Clear body. Mellow upward carbonation.
S) Kicks off a pleasant malty aroma with subtle fruit and floral notes.
T) A well balanced pale ale. More malts than hops - caramel and nutty tones. A mild fruity hint in the finish - citrus with some red apple.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Lighter side of medium. Dry in the finish.
D) A decent pale ale. I'd have another. True to form.

01-24-2011 00:51:14 | More by u2carew
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SamN

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%

Could be mistaken for an adjunct. Light hues of honey and hay, quite pale and clear. Head, too, reminds me of an adjunct. Thinner and not what I like in my pale ales. Smell is of some light tropical fruits, some honey malts and a clean grassy/hoppy finish. Faint aromas. Flavor starts off with grainy malts tastes and has a flat hops taste. Cheap, tinny aftertaste. Not so great tasting. Balanced, but neither flavors are that great to begin with, so who cares if its balanced? Mouthfeel is pretty good, light-medium bodied with subtle bed of carbonation.

No juicy hops, and no slightly sweet pale malts. Just grainy low-quality malts and cheap, flat, metallic hops. Tastes too much like a Bud Light, but with slightly stronger flavor. Weak beer.

01-21-2011 01:03:44 | More by SamN
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ebrauser

Utah

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to the pint glass

Appearance: Straw gold pale with ample white head.

Aroma: Bready sweetness with some honey

Flavor: Biscuity and bready. THe middle is malty mixed with citrus tones, which then leads to a mildy bitter and acidic finish. Doesn't have any strong hop backbone like other APAs, but does restrain from fruity or overly sweet malts that might confuse it for a stronger IPA

10-20-2010 04:56:00 | More by ebrauser
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jacobseyb

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

10-11-2010 04:40:58 | More by jacobseyb
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Halcyondays

California

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

09-28-2010 04:09:33 | More by Halcyondays
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Offa

California

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%

This ale is very light but also very nice, with a clean and firm well-rounded, balanced character, a great, tasty easy-drinking beer.

Golden, it has a big white head slowly shrinking to a smaller but lasting, puffy, somewhat rocky head, and leaving a lot of nice, frothy lace.

Aroma is grain, apple, the light citrus with lemon and hint of grapefruit as well as hints of herbs and grass. It is very nice.

Taste is crisp with mineral, clean, light grain, slightly yeasty, and hints of peppery-grassy-citrusy hops with a bread-grain-apple aftertaste. In some ways, it is one of those ales that is very similar to a full-bodied, hoppy pale lager in character, with a light but definite ale yeasty quality.

09-27-2010 00:05:03 | More by Offa
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

It's their lightest year-rounder, showing a crystal-clear golden-yellow color. Hefty three fingers of head with some great lacing on the glass. Mild citric and peppery hop nose with a sweet maltiness that suggests honey and shortbread. Very smooth; a little crispness gets bounced off of the moderate body. A very clean palate lets the malt come through with a mellow biscuity flavor; hops are a little bitter with citric, wildflower and peppery flavors. After the hops settle, the malt comes full circle with more of a dry bread flavor in the finish.

Bigger is not always better, and many times, simple can be best. Nothing that will make an über beer geek do a double take, but certainly a session ale of greatness.

09-09-2010 20:59:45 | More by BeerAdvocate
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jsprain1

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%

A- Appearance is a clear golden with rather weak head retention.
S- Fresh bread, some grain, a bit of faint citrus zest. Rather underpowering.
T- An opening reminiscent of biscuits and honey, with a grainy finish. I was left wondering where the hop presence was. I don't need a hop bomb, but the hops just didn't seem to check in anywhere.
M- Light body, and a bit undercarbed.
D- I found this beer to be pretty decent when I had it on tap. Out of the bottle, it lost its zest. Still drinkable and enjoyable, but the bottled version is underwhelming for me.

08-02-2010 05:33:07 | More by jsprain1
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9%

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

05-29-2010 20:57:19 | More by brentk56
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NatetheGreat

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

A: gold, clear, like a lager without much head even with a vigorous pour

S: grain, slightly sweet like honey, and a touch of hops that are hard to pin down

T: hoppy, earthy but light, mild bitterness. Grainy, with a little corn. Not a lot going on, but crisp and refreshing.

M: carbonated, a bit spritzy, moderate body

D: good, refreshing, drinkable beer. Almost a hybrid pale ale/pilsner.

03-06-2010 06:14:34 | More by NatetheGreat
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womencantsail

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

01-23-2010 00:20:40 | More by womencantsail
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flagmantho

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

12-12-2009 17:40:51 | More by flagmantho
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illidurit

California

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

Bottle poured into a nonic. Pours gold with a touch of orange and a nice beige head that lasts a while. Aroma is bananas, minerals, grains, and fresh bread. Flavor is bready up front and then a nice earthiness comes through. A little watery and bland in mouthfeel. Not awful but really nothing to revisit.

11-14-2009 04:18:53 | More by illidurit
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. This beer pours a clear golden color with a thin white head that fizzes away quickly. Lightly bready malt and hops in the nose. Light-bodied with flavors of sweet malt and honey, plus some mild hops and spice. The finish is sweet with notes of malt and citrus, and the aftertaste is mildly spiced hops. Overall, the name is misleading on this beer considering the style. Fairly average for what it is.

10-31-2009 01:57:56 | More by Dogbrick
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that diminished quickly to a thin film. Good lacing left on the glass, however. Body is a dark golden color, and clear.

S: Weak, weak hops. I'm not getting any more than that.

T: Very light-tasting, in terms of a very slight hoppy finish with medium dryness. Not bad at all, just a little weak is all. Short-to-average duration.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Extremely easy to drink, although a little weak for an APA.

10-30-2009 19:01:27 | More by berley31
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jayfarley3

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured a hazy straw colour, with a decent head that faded pretty quickly. Smells of light piney hops and citrus. Taste is very light for a pale ale but good none the less. This would make a good session beer or good on a hot day, but if you are looking for a good hoppy pale ale I would look elsewhere.

09-17-2009 01:07:08 | More by jayfarley3
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webbcreative

Oklahoma

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%

Poured light yellow color, much lighter expected from a pale ale, and clear as a bell, with white 3 finger head. A= not much to smell, very faint citrus hops is about all I can pull out of it. T= weak malt profile, and lightly hopped, no real hop bitterness, but defiantly some hop flavor. M= thin and watery, no body

Overall, this is a dissapointing APA, needs more everything, I would classify this as a Light American Pale Ale. Its drinkable, just not something I would get again.

08-26-2009 20:15:30 | More by webbcreative
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jkdrummer

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a nice thick white head that dies down to a good layer of lace. Aroma is a little yeasty and some citrus, nothing to write home about. Good steady carb. Taste is very dull and blah. Has a hint of skunkiness and some sweetness but again, nothing spectacular. The taste reminds me of a Henry Weinhards ale, very dry finish and blah.

07-15-2009 23:09:59 | More by jkdrummer
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Birmingham

Kansas

3/5  rDev -16%

Aroma: Mild yet complex aroma of mild citrus, flowery and malt notes.

Appearance: Pours clear, golden yellow with a tall white head, highly carbonated

Flavor: Balanced towards the malts, some hops flavor. The bitterness is on the low end.

Mouth feel: It has a medium-light body

Overall Impression: Easy drinking almost boring it is subtle in flavor and aroma. There is nothing that stands out with this beer (neither good nor bad). It seems to align with the style guidelines and the style guideline for a Blonde Ale describes a (boring) beer, I would not drink. I prefer beers with bigger flavor and more character.

04-15-2009 00:45:55 | More by Birmingham
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

04-07-2009 02:35:11 | More by jwc215
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%

This pours a hazy straw gold with a fine layer of foam. It was a vigorous pour but the foam just didn't seem to be up to the task.

The smell is of light hoppiness. mostly citrus of the lemon kind which gives the beer a tart sensation and a very light breadiness. Way light nose so it's tough to pull things out.

The taste is hoppy first with that lemon I mentioned followed by a light taste of bread and some grain. Not a bad taster but pretty basic.

The mouthfel is light, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes on the bitter side.

Drinkability? Better than the sum of its parts and worth revisiting from time to time.

03-28-2009 19:08:02 | More by Bitterbill
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peck95

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

a) nice straw color with really good lacing and a decent head
b) some decent floral hops not much else
c) the taste is fairly bland, a small amount of hops and some malt
d) fairly thin and also very over carbonated
e) this beer is ok, would never buy it again but very drinkable

03-12-2009 02:44:48 | More by peck95
Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.