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Alaskan Freeride APA (Rough Draft Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Freeride APA (Rough Draft Series)Alaskan Freeride APA (Rough Draft Series)

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83
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339 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 07-21-2012)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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DoubleJ

California

3.91/5  rDev +6.3%

Single bottle from Total Wine, with a best before date one month after the day which I consumed said beer. On to the beer:

A ½ inch of bubbly head rests top this light orange colored pale ale. Some suds of lace stick around as the beer's level drops. The nose has the "essence" of hops, meaning the smell is lighter on its feet while retaining the intensity of its aroma. Specific notes include orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Something about that taste grabs a hold of me. The base is a dry crackery malt, basted in fresh hop oils. The flavors of sweet orange and grapefruit are allowed to shine, and as a bonus a whisper of graham cracker adds the lightest of sweetness to the beer. It's a light bodied beer with a slightly crisp body. It's a good pale ale, one that paired with my scallops very well.

01-16-2014 17:09:12 | More by DoubleJ
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-06-2013 00:45:38 | More by Turbo
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MadScientist

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

A: A medium golden beer with good clarity. The bottle has a date of "B082813" which I assume means it's best buy date is ten days from now.

S: a medium-strong citrus hops aroma with a bit of the Simcoe character. There is a light malt sweetness.

T: A Strong hops bitterness with a medium citrus hops flavor. Light malt flavor and very little malt sweetness.The balance is fairly bitter. The finish is dry with an aftertaste of citrus bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: An APA with good hops flavor and aroma but this bottle is getting toward the end of the shelf life. I'd love to get a fresh bottle and think it would show better, but as is it's a pretty good pale ale.

08-18-2013 02:50:01 | More by MadScientist
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-25-2013 02:07:11 | More by Tiernan
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

05-28-2014 23:51:34 | More by SD-Alefan
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Lazaro

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-04-2013 04:10:10 | More by Lazaro
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waprimrose

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-21-2013 04:30:34 | More by waprimrose
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +13%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A bright citrus hop forward aroma with a solid biscuity malt backing. Citrus hops upfront with good hints of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Some floral and earthy hop hints as well as some pine spice and grass. Solid bready malt backing with hints of biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid West Coast style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bright hop forward pale ale taste with a good taste of citrus and biscuit. Citrus hops with notes of juicy orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and mango. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Also some floral hop notes. Soft bready malt presence with a taste of biscuit, grains, crackers, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid well balanced APA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy, juicy, and drying.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the West Coast style American Pale Ale. Good citrus taste with a solid biscuit malt backing.

04-15-2013 04:59:24 | More by MattyG85
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bisq

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

08-17-2014 17:32:04 | More by bisq
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sourdog

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

04-04-2014 19:25:47 | More by sourdog
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-03-2013 23:09:35 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-15-2013 12:36:42 | More by valkyre65
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Oelschlager

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-19-2013 05:45:01 | More by Oelschlager
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-05-2013 04:06:48 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-24-2013 19:55:20 | More by LXIXME
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BraveMountie

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-09-2014 23:40:37 | More by BraveMountie
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Ashinpaugh

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-25-2014 03:29:16 | More by Ashinpaugh
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optimator705

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-20-2013 00:28:32 | More by optimator705
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m0unds

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-15-2014 02:05:56 | More by m0unds
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TheSixthRing

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Best by date of 06/28/13

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden orange with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty at best.

Smell - Strong citrus and floral hop aroma. Moderate cracker, white bread and a faint peppery spice.

Taste - Orange citrus and spice bite at first sip before the malt malts come in, coming across like white bread; sweet, but fairly bland. More orange zest near the finish before a mild lemon peel flavor rides the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry, almost like a summer ale.

Overall - While the hop profile has some interesting character, the malt base is a bit of a letdown. That said I've had much, much worse. I don't think I'd buy this again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered either.

05-24-2013 04:14:36 | More by TheSixthRing
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

04-01-2014 08:12:59 | More by dertyd
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Cooper

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-04-2013 17:28:03 | More by Cooper
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akjustin

Alaska

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-03-2013 00:54:08 | More by akjustin
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.19/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured a finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
Great aroma. Bright grapefruit with a touch of pine.
The taste is wonderful. Moderate grapefruit bitterness with a bit of honey sweetness in the middle, finishes with moderate pine bitterness.
The texture is soft with just the right amount of fizz.
Superb.

05-12-2013 20:06:03 | More by Fatehunter
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rangerman21

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance- Clear golden with a good white head.

Smell- hoppy, maybe slightly metallic?

Taste- hop forward, not too strong though. Balanced finish. Nice hop bitterness in the after tasted.

Mouthfeel- very smooth and crisp.

Overall- Pretty good pale ale. Hoppy without trying to be an IPA. I would definitely have another.

07-07-2014 01:02:36 | More by rangerman21
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Alaskan Freeride APA (Rough Draft Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.