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

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

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%

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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Photo of jngrizzaffi


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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 04:22:59 | More by jngrizzaffi
Photo of monorailred


4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 01:46:52 | More by monorailred
Photo of Smilemon


4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 04:28:32 | More by Smilemon
Photo of Bitterbill


4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this today at the Wonder Bar in Casper.

It poured a bright and clear gold with an inch of billowy foam that left a lot of lacing behind after every sip.

The smell is hoppy...biggest notes came from the citra hops; citrus and light hints of tropical fruit. There's some earthy malt in there as well.

The taste brought the citrus to the forefront, lemon-tropical fruit-grapefruit, followed by some earthy/grainy notes from the malt. The finish is decidedly bitter and quite dry.

Good mouthfeel overall.

It's a very nice, hop forward APA that I found very damn drinkable and refreshing. Who'd have thunk that I'd get to drink it in Casper Wyoming? Very nice indeed, Alaskan Brewing!

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 18:26:09 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Fatehunter


4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:06:03 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7/19/13 (I'm assuming that's the best by date...unsure, well, here goes):

Into a pint glass:

A: somewhat hazy golden orange body with a one finger white foamy head, slightly clingy light foamy lacing, leaves some rings goin' down

S: strong citrus, pine and floral aromas up front, just a tad of peppery spiciness that seems to be combined just right with a slight maltiness, I'm impressed

T: mainly bitter and spicey, sweet citrus aftertaste, zesty orange dry finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems adequate for the style and perhaps just a bit sharper than most APA's for me, still enjoyable

O: nice hoppy slightly spicey APA that seems a bit under rated to other APA's that most seem to be looking for, I'd definitely have this again

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:39:05 | More by BeerKangaroo
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 04:59:24 | More by MattyG85
Photo of guityler83


4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: In the half acre imperial pint glass it showed a briliantly clear orange/copper color. The bright white foam poured two fingers tall and receeded slowly. just bits of lacing on the edge of the glass

S: Toasty caramel malt aroma mixed with fruity east esters. Hop aroma is light berries (blueberry, strawberry) and slighty catty.

T: A nice firm bitterness that gives way to caramel and toffee malt flavors. Hop flavor finishes off the pallet with a nice fruit punch vibe. very clean and balanced.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. it may sound rediculous, but it left my pallet with a wet, juicy sensation like i was eating life savers.

O: A very clean, balanced, refreshing APA. Not an over the top example just a straight forward flavorful Pale Ale that doesn't try to be sierra nevada. kudos!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:21:45 | More by guityler83
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is just short of an ipa. its a very very well hopped pale ale, west coast in nature, and very very good. it pours a clear light amber color with a ton of fizzy bubbles and a half inch white head that lasts awhile. the nose is fresh hops, piney and organic. they are sharp in the nose, just picked in feel to me. the flavor is equally bold on the hop front. bitter as anything, and almost overpowering. i am much more inclined to call this an ipa. the malt profile is subtle and bready. enough to make the hop flavor hold up for awhile, and to give the beer its creamier feel despite the heavy carbonation. this is a powerfully flavorful beer, with a lot going on. its very sessionable with its lower abv and its many flavor intricacies. id like to see this get bottled and make its way to denver. a really nice glass of beer all up. a worthwhile reinventing of the wheel if you will...

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 19:06:09 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of hardy008


4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a two finger white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, citrus zest, and bread malt.

The taste is just like the aroma with citrus, citrus zest, and bread malt. The citrus flavor is a combination of tangerine and grapefruit. There is a nice combination of bitterness, with some sweetness, to make a nicely balanced beer.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation, and smooth, and easy to drink. A nice APA from Alaskan. I really appreciate how well made their beers are. Nothing over the top, but really solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 22:52:52 | More by hardy008
Photo of elNopalero


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light white-golden color with light foam. It’s lightly floral with some orange blossom notes in place of a bracing hop bitter character. An easy drinker, the touch of bitterness balances nicely with the floral citrus character making it approachable but still enjoyable for this beer drinker here. Had on tap and shared a growler the next day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2013 06:54:23 | More by elNopalero
Photo of flexabull


4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New arrival at my local grocery store, on sale too.

Pours a slightly hazy and bright gold color and a nice off white head. Looks good.

Aromas are nice, with fresh hop notes. Bright citrus, oranges, nectarines, and some faint resin.

Taste is dry up front, light bread flavors, and some creamy sweetness. Finish is crisp, with some faint citrus and a general hop bitterness, and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and dry, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant surprise, and a nice tasty lighter Pale. Solid beer, I hope this one sticks around because at the price I paid I'd grab this often.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:17:48 | More by flexabull
Photo of mjurney


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

Amber-gold color, touch of haze. Few bubble rising up. Thick frothy head.

Piney, citrusy, sweet bready malts.

Malty, pale malts, bready, faint nuts. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly piney-citrusy. Tropical fruit notes towards the end, pineapple. Finish is crisp. Body is medium, semi-dry, crisp, refreshing, smooth.

Very good for American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 02:00:09 | More by mjurney
Photo of Zorro


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 00:15:00 | More by Zorro
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 04:08:55 | More by cxr1037
Photo of JackieTH


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

Freeride. Hazy apricot colored pour, produces excellent lace. Fruity mango nose. Light fruit, cirtus, and mango flavor. Malt moderates leaving a very mild bitterness, it's wet, juicy, a drinking beer, not malty or sweet. Medium light body is made for tipping back the pints, not for filling. Nice little brew here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 06:40:02 | More by JackieTH
Photo of KBomb


4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:48:20 | More by KBomb
Photo of jimmah120


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

12 oz bottle with a mysterious code on it and generic packaging. poured into a fancy man's glass.

look is a clear golden orange with minimal head and spotty lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet malt like frosted cake and dank hops. the taste is big on citrus and floral hops, with a sweet malt underpinning.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 00:30:25 | More by jimmah120
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 23:01:04 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of DoubleJ


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:09:12 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of garymuchow


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my nice SN tulip. Best By date of
Nice fresh west coast fruity, citrus aroma with an additional shot of very pleasant sweetness. Maybe a little apricot, whatever it sure is nice?
Full whitish head and mostly clear golden, yellow, orange body. Good lacing.
Body is quite light. Not thin, just light, soft and fluffy from the carbonation.
Flavor is on the mild side too. Not a bitterness bomb (as is the standard Summit EPA in these here parts). In fact more balanced with a doughy malt base and green herbal grass hop flavor and overall soft but established bittering with a moderate length of presence.
This is a nice drinking beer. Everyday, unassuming, go along to get along kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 19:15:37 | More by garymuchow
Photo of vkv822


3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Golden orange with a foamy white head, light lacing.

Citric, floral, grapefruit notes predominantly. It does have a mild

Medium+ body, mild foamy carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. A well done APA with a solid citric hop character, and a good addition to their year round line-up.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 08:23:37 | More by vkv822
Photo of vickersspitfire


3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 05:12:28 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellowish copper with good champagne-like carbonation and an inch and a half of good, gloppy beige head that settles after a few minutes. Good retention; really nice, sticky lacing.

Malty, mineral-tinged and full of astringent hop notes. Kind of reminds me of an ESB.

Dry, smooth and vaguely bitter. Really, genuinely unoffensive flavor-wise. Subtle caramel malt flavors alongside dry hay and seltzer notes.

Prickly and dry. Light body. Clean finish. Crisp. Dry.

Quite good subtly hopped APA. Really straight-forward flavor, well-executed. The only complaint I have is that the carbonation is intense enough and the hop flavors are dry enough that it tastes a lot like seltzer water to me.
Would have again. Worth trying if you have immediate access to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 05:45:48 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of mactrail


3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handsome appearance in the tall tulip with amber color and nice cap of foam. Spritzy on the tongue but not much lacing in the glass. Pleasant flowery and piney aroma. Light body and refreshing sensation.

Modest malt with the browned biscuit taste. Plenty of hops, though the bitterness doesn't get out of hand. Tangy with a club soda flavor. Some fruity flavors from the hops. A bitterish pomegranate taste with a little mango. Quite drinkable and another good addition to the many shades of Pale Ales. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Texas Wine Cellars in Fredericksburg.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:42:11 | More by mactrail
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Alaskan Freeride APA (Rough Draft Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.