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Alaskan Freeride APA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 69 | 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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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.68/5  rDev +26.5%

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4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper color with thick foamy head. Excellent retention and lacing on the side of the glass. Has a strong citrusy smell. Can discern the piney hops very easily. Starts with a citrusy taste that end with a strong, piney, hoppy bitterness. The bitterness does not persist on the aftertaste, though.

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4.56/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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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 efhart
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This copper colored beer had a nice appearance with a bit of foam poured from the bottle. It was an easy drinking beer with pleasant characteristics such as limited bitterness in the finish and pleasant aromas and tastes throughout. The beer is a great example of an excellent pale ale. Drink it cold in fitting tradition of a free winter snow ride.

Photo of budgood1
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle a dirty amber colour with a sandy tinged head and wispy lace accent. big NW hop aroma on this one. mostly citrusy with herbal and resin accents. smells awesome. the taste is a little more involved, with a sturdy, dirty, earthy malt base. then the hop profile takes control, showing off more herbal and pine resin attributes rather than an in your face citrus assault. it's realtively balanced, and provides a healthy dose of bitterness to obliterate andy malt sweetness. it's a dry beer anyway, so the bitterness is accentuated. the body is appropriate for the style with a raspy, coarse mouthfeel. drinkability is nice. some pretzels and ranch would be good with this APA.

overall...this is about as bitter as an APA can get without crossing over into IPA territory, but the malt profile and ABV reigns things in. this is a unique APA. hopped to the gills without smacking you over the head. and it smells awesome. definitely recommended. a hop head must try.

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4.36/5  rDev +17.8%

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 436 ratings.