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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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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:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 07-21-2012)
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Reviews by cxr1037:
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

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.


01-21-2014 04:08:55 | More by cxr1037
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-06-2013 00:45:38 | More by Turbo
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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-25-2013 02:07:11 | More by Tiernan
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

05-28-2014 23:51:34 | More by SD-Alefan
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-04-2013 04:10:10 | More by Lazaro
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-21-2013 04:30:34 | More by waprimrose
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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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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

08-17-2014 17:32:04 | More by bisq
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

04-04-2014 19:25:47 | More by sourdog
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-15-2013 12:36:42 | More by valkyre65
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-19-2013 05:45:01 | More by Oelschlager
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-24-2013 19:55:20 | More by LXIXME
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-09-2014 23:40:37 | More by BraveMountie
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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