Alaskan Freeride APA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 542
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 30.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
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Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 07-21-2012

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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. More outdoorsy themed pale ale from south of, I mean north of the, oh fuck it, west of the border Yankee sentiment.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with one chubby finger of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat chunky off-white head, which leaves some scratchy snow rime lace in parts around the glass as things lazily bleed off.

It smells of a dank, somewhat musty pine tree bitterness, estery florals, grainy, crackery pale malt, muted citrus rind, and a mildly phenolic yeastiness. The taste is gritty, lightly doughy pale malt, a hint of untethered caramel sweetness, pithy orange and white grapefruit, and still heady floral, herbal, and pinecone hop bitters.

The bubbles are so-so in their capability to keep my tongue interested with their prancing frothiness, the body on the light side of middleweight, and sort of smooth, a wan clamminess (Imma lookin' at you, yeast!) sort of spoiling the party. It finishes off-dry, the limping malt still keeping a stiff upper lip, while the complex, if not particularly evolving hops continue to run amok.

Yep, I'm not quite sure which hop(s) cause that musty, dank sensation here, but without the attendant big-ass caramel malt and sassy pine and citrus apologist bitterness, things fall flat oh so quickly. I know that there's no free lunch (a fallacy, so thank you, U.S. government reps in the park adjacent to Sandpoint's City Beach), and no free ride (a further existential quandary when considering the bottle in front of me), but I'm just not digging this one.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a plastic glass on an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Seattle.

Bright copper colored clear liquid with a frothy off white head.

Nice floral hoppy aroma.

Nice satisfying balance between hops and malt. A little bit of toasted bread, some citrus, sweet for an apartment but not overly so.

Full mouthfeel.

My favorite Alaska Brewing offering I've had on this trip.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 06/05/15:

Pours slightly hazed deep golden with a fluffy white, lasting head. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/citrus, and bread (with a touch of honey?)

The taste is of pine, citrus, melon. Sweet bread and caramel come through in the middle. Herbal, spicy bitterness in the dry finish.

It has a crisp, smooth, medium body.

A well-balanced, easy-drinking, refreshing APA with a very nice overall character!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange colored with a shirt white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: citrus and pine hops, light fruit, resin

T: pine hops, little malt, lemony

M: prickly, carbonated, mineral water

O: light and refreshing with lemon flavor

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a sucker for pale ales loaded with tropical aromas. Freeride is right up my alley. It's a touch too dry to deliver all of the tropical fruit promised on the nose, but otherwise, it's a great APA.

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Photo of 303beer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass I get about an inch of head. Little bit rocky head. Light copper in color. It's kinda light but we'll balanced. Not bitter at the end. Has drinkability.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice session beer; Alaskan's calling card seems to be crisp, clean tasting brews, and this one certainly fits that mold. Smells citrusy, tastes refreshing but definitely hoppy, and has a nice carbonated feel. Another solid choice from Alaskan Brewing.

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Photo of ARoman
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is a bright floral and citrus with supporting tones of light bread which eventually settles on a caramel aroma near the middle of the glass. The beer is clear and oily with an amber hue and a white head that has a light, filmy retention and only a light lace. The taste is a medium / medium high sweet and medium bitter. It's smooth with a light zip of a carbonation, and a medium body with flavors of bread, caramel, and oranges that finishes crisp with spice and sweet citrus. The finish is a bit waxy with a citrus rind character that mellows quickly and leaves an aftertaste of mild toast and citrus.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
2.67/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy blood orange color with thin white head; very little lacing. Sweet potato nose. Odd bandaid flavor, sweet malt, and cinnamon/spicy finish. Lite, watery mouthfeel with overly sweet malty body. This beer was odd all around.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this in a six pack for $3.99. How bomb is that!

Appearance : pours a hazy dark amber glow, mostly transparent about 70%. Head is fluffy white, leaves lacing and is about 2 fingers tall.

Aroma : white grape, raisin, orange muffin, biscuit malts, and a slight whiff of pine. Faint soap. A very candy-like aroma.

Taste : a rush of orange and malt, followed by a sharp piney hop note, ending slightly sharp but softening as it goes down. Some dark raisin is also in the mix. Lingering flavors are pine, orange skin (not peel, the white stuff), and raisin.

Mouthfeel : light bodied, extremely zippy, full of pop.

Overall : this is a nice drinking APA. I'd have it again, and I will since I have five others left ;-)

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Freeride APA pours a copper color with a nice lacing head. There is a rich fresh hoppy aroma. There is a more balanced flavor, with some good floral notes coming through. Good body and decent strength of flavors. Overall it's a nicely flavored, and easy drinking APA.

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Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/23/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. The hop flavors in the taste were not as bright as the aromas. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good American pale ale. Good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

bought this on a whim at wal-mart:
poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A just slightly lighter than honey with a red tint - I got 3 fingers PLUS of impressive foamy head that settles slow and leaved wispy lacing. super clarity.

S HOPS to the max. loving that.

T yummy hoppness, but rather light on anything else, missing a bit of the backbone that I was hoping for

M a bit thin and foamy

D VERY nice - guzzzle on !!!

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of efhart
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, hint of grass, slight sweet malt, yeast, hint of hops, and slight sugar. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Also, the feel is almost watery. Tastes of grass, floral hops, yeast, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, weak body, aroma and body dominated by floral/grass notes, average feel, and decent appearance. Nothing special, about this beer, average APA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a tall glass in the Alaskan Lounge at Sea-Tac Airport.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. A nice lace is left on the glass as I drink ... Very attractive!

Smell: lightly caramelly malt aroma with lightly citrusy and resiny hops. Well balanced and enticing.

Taste: sweetish malt with citrusy hops, but it's not a hop bomb. The citrus stays in the aftertaste along with a moderate bitterness. I rather enjoy this beer!

Mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Great!

Overall: this is a highly quaffable brew. Capital!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +5.5%

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was somewhat there with a nice speckled sort of look to it.
The smell had a fairly nice glossed over caramel sweet to citrus sweet candidness to it. It's sharp, I know but honestly, but nothing overly done.
The taste takes a the nice bitter hoppy citrus to town and lets the caramel combine to taste. It becomes bitter and sweet in a nice way, not necessarily combined but nice.
The mouthfeel was somewhat sharp, smooth...somewhat but not necessarily too harsh as may be expected.
Overall, honestly, if you're coming to Alaska for the first time and you don't know what to drink, yup, you can find this anywhere, it's drinkable and can go with almost any food one could think of.

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Photo of budgood1
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of arizcards
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Total Wine in early March for $1.29. Best before 5-15-14.

Beer poured copper orange with a nice white head that is hanging around nicely.

Nose is tropical with citrus notes.

Taste is well balanced but the hops win in the end. Mango stands out with some grapefruit and pine in the background. Getting some liquid bread notes from the caramel and pale malts.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and pretty refreshing.

Overall this surprised me as most of the day to day Alaskan beers are good but nothing special. Perhaps they are reinventing themselves in a crowded craft market and this is definitely a step in the right direction. I bet this brew is wonderful in draft form...would definitely have this brew again in the future!

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Alaskan Freeride APA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.