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Alaskan Pale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale

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BA SCORE
82
good

192 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 12
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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2001)
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Photo of sprucetip
3/5  rDev -16.2%

sprucetip, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -16.2%

rab53, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of DeSoto
4/5  rDev +11.7%

DeSoto, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of lakersfan16
5/5  rDev +39.7%

lakersfan16, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of tomholland
4/5  rDev +11.7%

tomholland, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev +11.7%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color with pretty much no head at all.

S: I'm really not picking up much. Maybe some pale malts but there's really just not much there.

T: Smooth and really malty upfront with some very faint pine hops in the middle. Some bready malts on the finish. Overall, pretty underwhelming.

notchucknorris, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates into a patchy foam on top of my beer. Smell is of earthy hops, didn't really knock my socks off. Taste is a fresh clean hoppiness with some light easy-going malts. Mouthfeel is on par for an APA. Overall, this is an okay beer, but there are a lot of pale ales out there and this one doesn't make into my favorites.

gkunkle, May 09, 2011
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 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 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.

flexabull, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

u2carew, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of SamN
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

SamN, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

ebrauser, Oct 20, 2010
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.

jacobseyb, Oct 11, 2010
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 Offa
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Offa, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 09, 2010
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2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

jsprain1, Aug 02, 2010
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 NatetheGreat
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

NatetheGreat, Mar 06, 2010
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 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.

flagmantho, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

illidurit, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dogbrick, Oct 31, 2009
Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.