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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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583 Ratings

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | 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.

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4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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
Photo of Flyer


2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Take this review with two grains of salt. First, I had it in a plastic cup on an airplane, which takes "improper glassware" to a new low. Second, I was feeling irritated because the flight attendant had said they carried Alaskan Amber, but when I asked for it I got this instead. (Can you do a place review for an airplane? Can you use a negative number to rate the knowledge of the waitstaff?)

The appearance and aroma were disturbingly reminiscent of a macro, with a vaguely corn-like quality and a macro-brand of light hoppiness (think Coors Light). The flavor was clean, with a minimum of malt and hop flavors -- I struggled to identify any ale-like qualities. Since I normally don't drink Kolsches or Summer Ales or whatever you want to call this, I want to be fair, but this beer was all about refreshment and little more, and it wasn't particularly refreshing. (A good tripel can be very refreshing, and so much more.) I can appreciate that craft brewers may have to expand into more drinkable styles to survivie, but this just goes too far for me. Not recommended.

Serving type: can

06-30-2007 15:06:04 | More by Flyer
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange-gold with almost no head at all. Smelled kind of sweet, kind of tart, a little yeasty, no discernable hop aroma. The taste was a nice combination of malts and yeast with a smooth, fruity finish with minimal bitterness. Usually i'd want more balance, but this one seemed to work OK. Good crisp, clean mouthfeel. I could have put these away all night -- very smooth, refreshing and easy to drink.

Not the most memorable beer in the world, but a nice refresher better than most other summer beers I've had. I'd have it again if it was available where I live (never seen an Alaskan product in the Boston area).

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 20:51:29 | More by eberkman
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass. VERY little head that disappeared quickly with no lacing on the glass. Color is orange. not quite amber but not yellow. I detected a hint of citrus, hops and maybe even grapes. The taste is crisp and clean goes down smooth and hints of citrus, a little bitterness afterwards. On the way down it trickles down the throat smooth and light. decent ale quenches the thirst. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 03:53:04 | More by SirChugsAlot
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3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Small, white head disappeared quickly, no lacing to be seen. Color is somewhere between yellow and amber.

Smell on this isn't too strong. Sweet malt, a little bit of citrus.

Taste is light and clean. Somewhat sweet with citrus, bitter hops at the end that last longer than I expected. Not overwhelming, but enough to remind me it's there.

Mouthfeel: light, cleansing body. Easy to swallow, feels more like a lager than an ale to me.

Refreshing, not that complex. It does its job at quenching my thirst, but doesn't leave me awed. I'll bet the second tastes better...

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 09:51:13 | More by josiahschlender
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with ample white head. A touch of citrus comes through in the subdued nose. Malty and toasty with subtle hops in the background. Clean but not particularly complex. Fairly light-bodied stuff, but creamier than I was expecting. Nothing too special here, but definitely a solid, sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 21:36:45 | More by largadeer
Photo of Night


3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Pours clear topaz with a light hazy-yellow tone and blonde flecks. Small, very fizzy white head dies down right away; no lacing at all. Aroma is strong, sweetly spicy, and sudsy, with a nice bready malt background. Mouthfeel is quite watery; very light-bodied. Flavor hits immediately with very buttery, toasted, lightly nutty malts. The lightest touch of pine and resin hops follow, along with a bit of dryness. Cereal malts return in the finish, which is clean, sudsy, and smooth. Very little in the way of aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 04:38:04 | More by Night
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I flew on Alaska Airlines this weekend and was able to order a bottle of this on the flight. Kudos to Alaska Airlines just for offering something different and supporting their local brewery.

This poured a medium amber color that had medium head that disappeared quickly. The smell reminded me of Alaska Amber. In fact, the whole beer itself reminded me of Alaska Amber. It was a little heavier and had a little more substance than I was expecting in a summer ale. Flavor and substance are great but in a Summer beer I would like it to be a little lighter and focused more on thirst refreshment. Therefore, if I had a choice I would probably go with another Summer Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 22:49:20 | More by Maerzen
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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow with a thin head that soon disappears.

The smell is very thin - some berry-like fruitiness under a barnyard mustiness.

The taste is of light malt with some wheat-like crispness. Honey sweetness with light fruit.

The feel is also light. Considering the style, that would be fine, but a quick effervescent carbonation turns to a watery thinness. Still, it is good for a refreshing thirst quencher.

Easy enough to drink. A "beat the heat" beer that is not so exciting, but not bad.
I've been wanting to try this one, and thank bitterbill for including in our trade!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 03:29:02 | More by jwc215
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3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. I rated this based on Kolsch, a style I've really started to like. But this version of Kolsch just didn't do it for me. It missed the subtle but funky aroma and flavors from my favorites from Cologne, replacing with a light bitter bite and extremely neutral flavor. The best I can say is that it was refreshing. Alaskan Amber is really good but I can't recommend the Summer Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2007 20:48:27 | More by TurdFurgison
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head and little lacing

Smell: Grainy aroma with a bit of biscuit

Taste: Starts out with a bready flavor that becomes very fruity, mid-palate; after the swallow the fruitiness lingers and provides a slightly sweet flavor on top of the grainy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice fruity tones make this a terrific example of the style

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 00:27:19 | More by brentk56
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from 20z bottle(best by 06 27 07) a clear light gold with a small head of foam. That soon dissipates completely and there's no lacing.

The smell is very delicate...I can just detect some sweet malty tones.

The taste starts off with a light malty taste, a bit of sweet and a bit of biscuit, but again, they are lightly done but *still* tasty. Further sips in and I get a bit of orange with a slight hop kick that balances the flavours well. It also finishes slightly bitter and leaves a clean aftertaste. Good tasting brew and quite drinkable.

Bottom line: It's called Summer Ale for a reason, me thinks and it's a good one to turn to in the hot summer months. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 23:21:56 | More by Bitterbill
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3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow/orange with a medium quickly dissipating head.
Smells of hops and green apple or persimmon (? - something tart -can't quite place it)
Taste is bright, citrus leaning toward hoppy over malty, but not overwhelming in either direction.
Mouthfeel - smooth intially, hangs on to the back of your tongue. Kinda fizzy finish.
Very drinkable if served very cold - I'll be stocking up this summer - but you have to keep it on ice - not just in the fridge. The ones from the fridge door are still good, but I didn't want another, one was enough. However, when ice cold, I went back for thirds.

A solid Summer Ale from a good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 03:33:22 | More by TAMU99
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-gold in colour with a bubbly white head. The head doesn't last, and fizzes away to a thin ring quite quickly.

The smell is quite fruity, with a base of cut grass. Peaches and mandarin oranges come to mind, even a bit of apple. Appetizing.

The beer opens quite sweet and fruity. Again I find oranges to be fairly notable. The finish is a mix of citrus and grassiness. Altogether it is very smooth and flavourful.

It is well carbonated but still comfortable to drink. The body is on the heavier side for the style.

I really found this one to be nice. Easy drinking and refreshing. Thanks to orrshow for splitting the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 21:48:55 | More by elricorico
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer is clear and golden with a thin ring of white head.

Smell – This beer is fairly grassy and smells of some crisp hop. Those aromas are quickly overshadowed by fruit and citrus.

Taste – First impression is very fruity. It is semi sweet with some hops and light grass flavors as well. There is also a touch of sourness to it. A nice taste overall.

Mouthfeel – The body is fully enough to satisfy and the carbonation is subtle.

Drinkability – Good. I could easily session this but still enjoy to sip at is slowly as well.

This would be perfect for a nice summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 18:02:01 | More by Orrshow
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright gold in color, clear with white, fluffy head. Wonderful lacing. Light, crisp aroma - very low malt aroma with fruity hop notes. Light taste - a bit of dryness, very low malt profile, light fruity sweetness. Light body. Light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Very pleasant brew, nice for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 02:56:00 | More by ikats
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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tried this bottle on a unseasonably warm winter day as I mashed a batch of brown ale.

clear and orange, smells liek a slightly pimped miller high life. it's a bit sweet to the nose and a bot sour or perhaps turned.

taste is inoffensive but exceptionally bland. smooth and watery like an american macro, just not doing a lot for me. the fiishand aftertasste is pleasent but not very exciting.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 22:11:52 | More by henrysunset
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West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an undated bottle into a straight-sided tumbler. Orange tinted yellow with thin, foamy white head. Some lacing, but not much.

Malt dominated smell, some fruitiness. Not bad.

Mild maltiness on palate but not much else. Kind of watery mouthfeel. Fair drinkability only.

This bottle showed up out of nowhere at a friend's bar and he gave it to me. I have no idea how fresh this was or how the bottle was handled, so it's probably not fair to be overly critical. However, what I got out of this was merely an OK beer at best.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 21:37:25 | More by rabsten
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of a mixed pack of Alaskan's Winter Warmer and their Amber/Alt-style. Rank this one behind the Winter, but overall a good one and will probably buy again when they re-release it.

Scant frothy head, about 1 finger, poured from bottle into tall pilsner glass. Usually this glass enhances head formation so I was surprised. Diminished quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Dark golden in color, nicely carbonated, good body and mouthfeel. Leaves a pleasant malty aftertaste. Can see this going really well with some mild cheddar.

Light hop accents, this is mostly a malt-focused brew. Good interplay between malt and yeast leaving an overall impression of a yeasty bread with some nice fresh apple notes. Apple comes out more as the beer warms. Nice butter and honey notes as well

Great drinking beer, could session these easily. Doesn't strike you as even meeting the 5% advertised abv...

This style has really grown on me the more I get into it; I like the Alaskan version for its increased depth vs., say, Hale's, which to my way of thinking is a little on the bland side.

Definitely worth checking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 07:55:59 | More by johnbonham1980
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Magnum's in early August for $1.69.

Beer poured a golden color with a decent sustained head. Nose is pretty non-descript, nothing special noted. Taste is especially crisp and clean, a fine combination of malts and hops. Mouthfeel is nicely crisp and it cleanses the palate well. Drinkability is good, a nice refreshing beer for an 80 degree Phoenix day.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 23:18:46 | More by arizcards
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3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden yellow color, nice carbonation, head quickly disappears, not much lacing.

S - Scents of malts, hops, spices, and yeast.

T - The taste is kinda sweet/bitter, nice clean finish.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad brew, but not really my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 23:17:53 | More by Wasatch
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a rinsed glass... Poured somewhat vigorously, it formed a nice inch of head on top that faded over the next few minutes, leaving a small (1/16") layer of foam with lace going up the glass to the original height of the foam. The beer is a nice golden color with sporadic bubbles rising. Nice looking beer.

The beer has a sweet, caramel nose. The fruity, estery profile mingles nicely with the faint hop smell.

When I took a few sips it was hard to identify a whole lot. It seems to be a clean, well balanced brew, and very drinkable. The caramel sweetness is definitely there and mingles into the finish. The hop bitterness pops out just after the swallow and a light bitterness lingers for a short while. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and I think the beer could benefit from a slight increase in carbonation.

As far as this beer's style accuracy, I can't say I would rate it very high, but styles are just that - styles. I'm not too picky as far as styles as long as the beer is good...and I think this beer is a great summer-time midnight-sun brew...

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 06:26:00 | More by bobarito
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3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks good, it pours a nice orangish gold with a light head that disappears pretty quickly.

It has a mild malt smell, with a hint of yeast.

The flavor is mild malt with not much hop.

The carbonation is just about right, maybe on the high side.
It is quite drinkable. I'd prefer a bit of hop to balance it out, but all and all pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 00:27:44 | More by Tang07
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh joy requited a Kolsch beer on a summer cruise through the most beautiful waters in North America. We are on a cruise to Alaska and to my amazement there are craft beers available on the ship! Even better ... they are excellent quality,craft beers.

This is a wonderful facsimile of a Kolsch with a healthy dose of American Hops. Typical Kolsch hazy yellow color, abundant white head with sticky lace, aroma of bread and viney hops. Taste is crisp, bracing hops with bready malt notes. A very refreshing tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 15:51:18 | More by Citadel82
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, dark gold color and is topped by a frothy, initially four finger thick palest of the pale tan colored head. The aroma is a mix of fruit and herbs at first; sort of a berry note predominantly with a touch of leafy herb-like notes. Actually the berry note is the most pronounced note in the nose of this beer.

The berry note continues through to the flavor of this beer, it is again the most pronounced note as well. A sweet malty note accentuates the fruit character as well. A sharp, clean, yet in no way dominating, bitterness is found throughout the flavor profile of this beer, and helps to temper the slightly heavier body that is contributed by the sweetness. It seems to disappear in the long finish, where a malty, caramelized grain note seems to linger. Perhaps a touch fruitier than I was expecting from a Kölsch, but it adds a touch more character to this beer. Certainly a tasty tipple, especially for a hot summer's day; I certainly am enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 22:47:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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