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Alaskan Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

597 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 27 | 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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.95/5  rDev +10%
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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TAMU99

Guam

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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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ikats

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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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henrysunset

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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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rabsten

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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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johnbonham1980

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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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arizcards

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Wasatch

Utah

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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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bobarito

Alaska

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Tang07

California

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Fugazme

Nebraska

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent-sized head forms and dissipates quickly... very light in color... blonde/slightly copper.

Aroma is malty with a touch of citrus/hop character... not a huge nose.

Taste is quite nice. A good grainy front with tones of fruit through the middle. I like it. It easy easy to drink and highly sessionable. Wouldn't mind having it around on a hot summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 01:11:11 | More by Fugazme
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a 2" head. Mild lacing developed.

Smell: light citrus is all that is picked up by the nose.

Taste: very light malt level here, with soft citrus, grass, and very mild bitterness. Simple but extremely refreshing. A nice example of a flavorful summertime beer.

Moutfeel: crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: refreshing and enjoyable. Got to enjoy this on a cruise in Seattle, and this was a perfect beer to enjoy the sunshine and skyline.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 23:54:45 | More by Gavage
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a bright yellow with just a hint of orange. Small fizzy heady fades fast.

Smell: Toasty caramel malt aroma and hints of citrus hops. Very clean nose.

Taste: I am new to this style but I really it enjoy the brilliant simplicity here. Malt & hops - beer. Simple straightforward; quaffable. There is a hint of toastedness to the sweet (almost fruity) malts. There is a hint of citrus to the solid (almost spicy) hops. This is a beer made for drinking.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice light body, smooth, and very refreshing.

Drinkability: Sensational. This is a perfect choice for a Summer Ale.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 21:35:26 | More by Phatz
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dirtylou

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz draft at "The Landing" in Port Angelos on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington

appearance: served a cloudy (yet clearing) golden-amber

smell: smooth refreshing citrus aromas, light grassyness, nice lemon zest...nice aromas for a summer kolsch

taste: An easy drinking and refreshing summer seaonal...grassy lemon, orange citrus, pac nw berry

mouthfeel: light-medium, crisp and refreshing

drinkability: strong

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 19:16:33 | More by dirtylou
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scottoale

California

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh from the tap, served in a pint glass , this is a bright yellow-gold with a small white cap.

Smells quite sweet and malty with a floral spicyness. Nothing outstanding hop wise.

A very malty flavor with a spicyness much like corriander. Overall sweet malty brew with a velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Mild ABV with a medium body, quite easy to drink and worth a try for something different...cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2006 08:38:56 | More by scottoale
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color, lots of bubbles but it doesn't add up to any head. Light bready malt aroma present in the nose, with a hint of fruit, perhaps lemon, hard to discern. The flavor carries more of the bready malt flavor and has a slight sourness and touch of bitterness in the finish to keep it interesting. Mouthfeel is light but not watery, plenty of carbonation. This beer was very easy to drink and refreshing. I think this is my first Kolsch so I was pleased that although it looked like a macro lager it didn't taste like one. Not bad and definitely a nice summertime choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 01:36:03 | More by bennetj17
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goschool

California

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a cool label featuring an Orca in mid flight at sunset. The pour is golden, but somewhat darker than I had expected. The white head rescinds to a thin ring of lace fairly quickly. The nose is very soft with grain and slight floral and citrus hop aromas. The taste starts off doughy, then spices come in and caramel malt makes a brief appearance. Fruity, citrus and pear, and floral hops hang around in the background before helping to give this beer a nice crisp finish. This beer is refreshing, but it doesn't do a whole lot for me. Maybe these summer beers work better for those who live where there truly are all four seasons.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 09:10:55 | More by goschool
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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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joedon

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at Humpy's in Anchorage.

Crystal clear pale gold color with a thin white head. As clear as a lager but presumably made with an ale yeast.

Subtle aroma, mainly of grain and hay.

Nicely complex flavor for such a delicate beer. First taste of a mild residual sweetness, malt and very subtle bitterness. Next comes a slightly tangy wheat taste. Finally, more citrusy notes and a bit of estery ale flavor.

Nicely fizzy carbonation and just the right amount of body.

Very drinkable. Favorable comparison to summer wheat beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2006 02:54:13 | More by joedon
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RJLarse

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a six-pack of Alaskan Summer Ale at the grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a gold color and is clear. A bubbly one-finger white head forms and is gone quickly, leaving virtually no lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is quite strong and sweet with fruity aromas, melons, and herbal notes.

The taste is also sweet and herbal. There is a fruity melon flavor, a mild hop presence, and an herbal flavor like grass or spinach. The flavors are reasonably well balanced.

Mouth feel is light, crisp and refreshing. The beer is fairly heavily carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer, especially for the summer season. I’m not a big fan of the style, but I would probably have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 22:32:07 | More by RJLarse
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear straw color with white head that subsided to a thin layer of foam. The aroma is a very light bready scent with a touch of floral hops. The flavor is very clean and has a bit of a grainy huskiness to it. The bitterness is so slight that from years of drinking IPAs and barleywines I can't really even taste it. So to me this ale needs a bit more hops at least in the flavor category or maybe a touch more bitterness. Tastes like an all malt beer though and that keeps me coming back for more though for the price I would probably go for a Warsteiner as a great summer quencher. Great drinkability but I am a hop lover so I would grab a Pils next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 02:58:48 | More by RenoZymurgist
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