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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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81
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603 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alaskan Summer Ale balances a softly malted palate with the clean freshness of hops. In the tradition of the style, neither overpowers the other. Both hops and malt come together to refresh and renew the palate. The straw-gold color and easy drinkability are an enjoyable way to celebrate summer.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

09-26-2012 19:13:32 | More by BobDag30
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

06-14-2014 23:56:53 | More by Domskitime
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ChaseBeer

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

04-08-2014 01:31:11 | More by ChaseBeer
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan BC has done it again. This Kolsh style corn colored offering and foamy yellowish head live up to the usual standards. Aromas of German hops and malts as well as a hint of German ale yeast intorduce a sweet medium bodied VERY smooth beer. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2002 09:06:10 | More by beernut7
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ddelozier5


4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

05-23-2012 03:33:25 | More by ddelozier5
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

03-02-2014 23:11:40 | More by Beerlover
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IntriqKen

California

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. What a surprise. Remember how the old Bud commercials showed a poured glass of beer that looked so very refreshing and clean?
That's this one...only the taste is not a disappointment.
Poured a light crystal clear golden color with a med head of large bubbles that quickly disappeared. Very large bubbles escaping the glass settling down to a medium carbonation looking very pretty and refreshing.
Aroma is immediate...not overpowering, but you don't have to look for it. Slightly sweet, like fresh baked fruit filled (berry?) pastries....clean, fresh, sweet, fruity...no hops noticable at all.
Taste is incredibly light an refreshing. Much like the aroma...slightly sweet malt....bread yeastiness...light fruit (very faint fruit).
Clean drying aftertaste. No noticable alcohol.
What a great summer cooler.
I could very easily session this beer or drink it all day long by the pool...on the lake....floating down the river....or simply avoiding mowing the lawn.
You get the idea...it's a cold March day and I'm thinking of California sunshine while enjoying this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 03:20:16 | More by IntriqKen
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, uglyguy must have gotten a bad bottle, this bottle was bought in Anchorage maybe that makes a difference. The head was real good but didn't last too long. Low on the bitterness scale and a slightly sweet flavor one of the best Kölschs I have had. Good balance of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2002 15:58:56 | More by jdhilt
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MrNuggets

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Today a work a customer handed me $20 and said "go get yourself some beer." Long day at the fish house, i earned this one.
Pale gold body with a thick white head that faded fast. Smell carries a hint of sweetness. Malt really steals the show here. Hops certainly do their job. But the malt is what is putting the smile on my face.
Crisp as the day is long. Beer doesn't get more drinkable than this.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 06:30:32 | More by MrNuggets
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kgotcher

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 Bottle pours a straw to copper color with nice foamy white head.

Aroma is grainy malt, hint of hops, but generally not heavy handed.

Taste is clean malt flavor that leans more to grainy than sweet. Nicely balanced hops don't stand out but just do the job. Mouthfeel is light to medium and is very refreshing without any noticable bitterness or strong aftertastes.

Frankly speaking it is hard to believe this is an ale and not a lager. Very smooth and refreshing for an ale. Quafable is a word that comes to mind. . . Great malty flavor that shows off the raw grain without adding too much body or sweetness. Love it.

I think I have a new session brew for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 04:30:37 | More by kgotcher
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xhcadamx

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - yellow straw with a touch of honey. fizzy white head the leaves quicker than it came. no lacing

S - creaminess which is what draws me to these kind of beers. Hops are present but I cant detect which varities.

T - creamy and i love it. I wish I knew other beers like this. I only know of two: anchor steam and four peaks kolsch. Graininess and cereal. Perfect amount of bitterness.

M - super light and delicious

D - i love this beer

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 02:49:31 | More by xhcadamx
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HochFliegen

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very crisp and clear copper color with a thin white head that laced quite well down the glass. The smell was very floral and malty. Slight apple and honey smell as well. Seems very fresh.
The taste was very subtle and pleasant. Slight fruity on the first sip turning almost dry and sweet in the end. Also a bit of bitter in the end as well. Mouthfeel was very light and enjoyable for a summer evening.

A very nice Kolsch seemed true to style to me. Ill be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 03:48:15 | More by HochFliegen
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mjurney

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Golden color. A little carbonation rising. Small head.

Aroma:
Very clean and crisp. Fresh cut hay, slight fruity.

Taste:
Sweetness up front. Sweet grain, grassy, bisucity, slight fruity. Semi-dry finish.

Body:
Very clean and crisp. Light bodied. Well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 21:22:07 | More by mjurney
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genaro

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer beside a bonfire on the Oregon Coast, so I a little trouble seeing the color. Nice floral aroma, cloudy gold color by firelight. Good use of hops instead of lemon. It had a flavorful hop finish with just a bit of astringence. I found it to be more malty than the usual citrusy character of other summer beers which I am not a big fan of. Definately my favorite Summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 22:56:35 | More by genaro
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MisterClean

California

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At homebrew club for fruit and blonde (creams & commons) styles meeting.

A - Dark blonde, fairly heady, which dissipates fast.

S - Cream, malts and bittering hops.

T - Very creamy, malty, sweet, lightest amount of hops.

M - Carbonated and just a nice beer.

D - Great lawnmower beer, hit the cream part head on.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 05:08:03 | More by MisterClean
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok my second Kolsch of the night and Im rather wary after the Pyramid( was Ok but boring).
This comes in the 12 oz brown bottle very attractive label with the Orca jumping.
THis beer pours a clear and deep golden colour small pure white head..lovelly carbonation strings nice.
I smell the aroma of some nice floral style hops abut also some nice sweet caramel malts.
MM this is a delicious beer..nice honeylike sweetness followed by a creamy bitterness at the end..very good..some perfumy tastes too..but nice like roses etc.
Very good on the palate this makes you want to take a sip quickly
Very very drinkable i could drink a 6 of this easilly.
Verey nice for me this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 22:01:04 | More by Reidrover
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SargeC

Japan

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep gold-amber color, thick, tan head.

Smell: Slightly smoky malt, caramel.

Taste: Slightly sweet with just a touch of bitterness. Perfect hearty summer brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice consistency.

Drinkablity: One of my favorite Alaskan Brewing Company beers. Very easy to drink and compatible with almost any food.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 08:04:53 | More by SargeC
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a standard ale glass
A - Golden amber with a minimal head that becomes a white ring on the sides of the glass. Lace forms and descends rapidly.

S - Mild + malty, slightly cheesy yeast not with a beet of spice.

M - Smooth, crisp carbonation w/ malty somewhat dry texture mixed with a tidbit of spice. Medium light with a full feel.

T - Gentle biscuit + honey flavors blend with lightly toasted and sweet notes. A nutty texture melds with effervescence that leaves a clean yet full flavor of ale yeast character. I enjoyed the flavor which is not a common summer ale taste.

D - A refreshing summer ale. A honey-like Kolsch with subtle peppery spiced yeast. A pleasantly malty ale with a dry aspect and clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 00:26:07 | More by Slatetank
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Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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