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Alaskan Freeride APA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 12
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 07-21-2012

Originally part of the Rough Draft Series
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Ratings: 466 | Reviews: 70
Reviews by KBomb:
Photo of KBomb
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bright copper-orange color, just a little bit of murkyness, and a thin soapy head one expects from a APA.

Fresh tangerine peel dominates the aroma. Instantly one can tell that the brewers did not skimp on the citra and cascade hops.

Tastes less hoppy than the aroma would indicate. Those orange peel flavors are still there, but it almost feels like this beer wants a little more "bittering" hops to balance out some fairly sweet toasty malt. Still, there is a nice flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is a little strange. Finish is dry and crisp, but the fine carbonation doesn't want to clean the palette. The sweetness and bitterness do not leave much of an aftertaste, but I still feel like the mouthfeel is missing something.

I like the different smell and taste of this Pale Ale, but its not quite the "refreshing" kind of pale ale some might be looking for.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 5.3 % abv.

Appearance: The body has a nice orange amber color with great clarity. It has a small slightly off white head that slowly settles. As it settles it makes some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has citrusy grapefruit like hops over light bready sweetness. As I drink I notice some very light peach and orange peel notes as well.

Taste / Palate: It has the good drinkable medium body with a nice balance of hops and malt. The edge favors hops and it has nice citrusy notes running through out. The base is a sweet bready and lightly caramelized maltiness.

Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Grassy hop nose with some meadow elements over light malts.
Orange amber with a slight protein haze under a 1/2" bone white lightly bubbled foam cap that produces fine lace.
Palate: Crisp and dry with a touch of tanginess with light melon, hop spice and long lingering fruit flavors.
Medium body and slightly above medium carbonation.
Sessionable.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of moundbz
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

crisp and great taste and smell, kinda lingers too long

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of rangerman21
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cxr1037
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a North Coast pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Dark orange/golden. Big, off-white head that settles down nicely to a solid, 3mm thick cap. Very clear.

AROMA: There isn't a whole lot going on: sweet malts, some hop freshness that's pine mixed with some citrus zest. Floral.

TASTE: Same as aroma, more or less. There's a sweet, almost caramel malt flavor that gently sets the stage for the hops to contribute some light lime citrus. Then it's back to a bready malt flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied, low carbonation, yet refreshing.

FINISH: Dry finish, with traces of hop bitterness hanging off the back of the tongue.

OVERALL: Freeride isn't overly complex but it's not at all a bad APA. It's light, it's refreshing. I could see myself ordering one of these on a hot day. Recommended, but it's not going to be anything that alters your perception of APAs.

85/100

Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright saturated orange color, sharp clarity, lots of billowing foam, sticky lace in the glass. Surface skim has staying power.

Aroma is kind of a letdown, sweet pale malt and dried orange peel. With the advertised Citra, i'd expect a little more pungent hop character and citrus.

Taste is moderately bitter, tea-like with a bare hint of citrus and grainy caramel malts.Feels a little watery and astringent, dry bitter finish. It's drinkable, but overall a bit of a letdown.

Photo of Spikester
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear amber with two fingers of white head. Head leaves in about two minutes. A light curtain of fine bubble lacing about a third of the way down.
Smell is bright floral citrus hops.
Taste is citrus hops, lemon zest, very light malt presence. More IPA like with the hops much more prominent than the malts.
Mouthfeel was really light with minimal carbonation. Light dry bitter finish.
Overall from the flavor profile I would have guessed an abv of 4.0 to 4.8%.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, this ale came out looking like a nice refreshing beer; semi clear golden/copper body filled with plenty of carbonation and topped off with a nice thick white fluffy and bubbly head haloed by a thin ring of lacing. Hops, citrus fruits and mild spices hit you first when you breathe it in. Light and crisp when it first hits your tongue, it thickens up as it travels back, the crispness turn into a nice hop taste backed up by a nice grapefruit undertone. This has a light-to-medium mouth feel and goes down pretty smooth. The hops are not overwhelming and pick up slightly in its aftertaste… so does the bitterness. This is a great beer over all.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin off-white head with good retention and slight lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and slightly piney hops, light bready malt. Flavor dominqated by citrus hops, light biscuit malt, citrus rind, finishing with citrus hops. Flavor is somewhat unbalanced in the direction of citrus hops, the malt not quite up to its supporting role. Medium bodied. A pleasant, hoppy pale ale that could use a bit more balance or perhaps some of the hop brightness from the aroma.

Photo of bottomfisher
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Very nice smooth beer, not too hoppy, a little too high in the carbonation, I like lower carbonation.

Photo of jcbogantes
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife brought me a bottle from colorado. The beer has a light copper tone with a thin head that stays for a while leaving no lacing on the glass, the smell is citric and fruity delicious.
The taste is predominantly citrus and grains with a husky feeling that goes well with its light body.
Very good beer.

Photo of TBoneJones
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy apricot, nice frothy off-white head that settles a bit, not too much visible carbonation.
Smells of tropical citrus/ pineapple, apricot with bready malts.
Now the taste is underwhelming when it follows such a nice smell. Any hop aggression associated with great examples of this style are absent, with the tropical flavors reduced to a drier backdrop. There's a bit of an odd biting taste near the and it seems like a harsh biscuit. That said, it's on the light side, and although the goodness from the nose is far removed from the mouth, this is a potentially sessionable APA, albeit an unbalanced one.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a fairly clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose is bright and citrusy. The citra hops really pop and make the beer worth smelling. The malts are light and biscuity.

Taste is milder and lighter in body than I expected. Drinks damn easy though and goes down super smooth though. The hoppy flavors are really nice...tropical and citrus fruit. There is a nice maltiness in here that is fairly consistent with many of Alaskan's lighter offerings. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but does have some slickness that is nice. This is a perfect, no-frills APA that you can buy a sixer of and throw it down in an evening. I'll probably buy this again, I enjoyed it.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Alaskan Brewing's Freeride APA yesterday for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. This can caught my eye and I thought it was worth giving a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a Imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty good, the design goes well with the name and I think it's eye catching. It poured an orange amber color that took on more of an amber hue when held to the light with a light over one fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Pale Ale, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of citrus rind, floral, grassy and earthy hop aromas with the citrus rind sticking out the most and there's also some tropical fruit aromas showing up. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malt and light caramel malt like aroma with a slight bit of doughy yeast coming through in the background. This beer has a good aroma, it's got a nicely complex hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and more balanced with a medium amount of sweetness being the first to show up and it's followed by the hops being the first to show up and they are much lighter this time with more of a citrus rind hop aspect that isn't as complex. Up next comes the malts which stick out a little more this time and it impart more of grainy and slightly bready aspect with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a hoppy and grainy malt aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Pale Ale, but I wish the hop profile was more like it was in the aroma.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, clean crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it had all the balance that I aspect from the style, but I found myself wishing the hop profile was fruitier and bolder like it was in the aroma. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these in a row and they aren't too filling. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and mouthfeel, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer is that the hop profile in the taste wasn't more like the hop profile in the aroma. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Pale Ale and I would recommend trying if your a fan of the style. All in all I liked this beer, I thought it was a tasty Pale Ale and I think with a little work it has the potential to be a very good Pale Ale. It's not my favorite beer from this brewery and I would say it's above average for the style. Nice job guys this was a nice Pale Ale, keep it up.

Photo of Pegasus
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy light golden amber, surmounted by a massive, dense, somewhat coarse off-white head, which retains quite well. Pillars of fine carbonation drift lazily to the surface. Patchy Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Moderate citric notes, of both grapefruit and orange rind suffuse the aroma, although the grapefruit is most prominent. There is a little resinous pine as well. Lightly toasted pale malt struggles to assert itself.

Taste: Opens with a burst of juicy citric hops, with pine, and grapefruit notable, and a little orange rind, as well. AS the taste progresses, some biscuit malt drifts across the taste, subtle against the hop presence. Finishes with a moderate, lingering grapefruit and pine hop flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example, quite drinkable, a bi more of a malt presence would be welcome.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mildly chill hazed amber colored beer with a tall white colored head. Looks like a West Coast Pale Ale.

Smells strongly of northwestern style hops. Strong citrus aroma lemon, grapefruit and orange. This smells a lot like Lagunitas Sucks. Mild toasted grain but this is really a hop forward Pale Ale.

Starts out mildly sweet with a baked biscuit malt flavor, quite mild in the mouth. A little on the sweet side the sweetness is long lasting and is an aftertaste too. Mild bitterness but this very tasty just not complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty yet mild pale ale. Suggests a stronger flavored beer. This is the sort of beer that starts a Budweiser drinker on the exploration that leads to craft beer.

Photo of monorailred
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice beer. It has a pleasant bitterness to it and a nice amount of hopping. Is goes down really smoothly and has a great overall flavor. This is a very drinkable beer that is a great brew to enjoy while relaxing after a stressful day.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Enjoy by 01.22.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.28.14.

A: Cloudy orange. 1 finger head.

S: Grapefruit. Flower. Citrus.

T: Grapefruit, malt. Pine on back end.

M: Crisp.

O: This one is in the middle of the pack as far as hop intensity for APAs. It's not super hop forward, nor does it have a 1:1 balance of hops and malt like older APAs. It's a little hop forward with good balance from the malt.

Photo of TomTown
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker glass from a 12oz. bottle.

Great clarity and decent white head that sticks around for a couple minutes.

Smells of citrus hops and faint biscuit.

Tastes way more biscuity than the first time. The first time I had this beer, it would have received a much higher rating for the intense citra nose.

All in all, still a decent APA but it was MUCH better fresh. Pretty run of the mill at this point.

Photo of Smilemon
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, mildly poured into a pint mug.

A: Hazy, reminds me of my homebrewed stuff, I think the head died pretty quick, but there was decent lacing. Not really impressed by the appearance of the beer, but the bottles have a cool logo, and I really like the color of the caps, not that that really matters.

S: I think this beer smells great, one of the best aroma profiles I've tried. It's up there with Red Chair and stone when it comes to smell.

T: Tastes great, I could see myself drinking a lot of this beer in the summer. It's a bit milder than the standard Alaskan IPA, with more of a focus on aroma, and I think it is well balanced and refreshing. Perfect for those rare sunny days in Tacoma.

M: It goes down smooth.

Overall, I really like this offering, and I hope that it starts to becomes more available. Right now it's hard to find, and not spectacular enough that I'd go out of my way to seek it out. I found it at a store I don't frequent, but if I happen across this beer again, I'll be certain to pick up another pack.

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Alaskan Freeride APA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.