Alaskan Freeride APA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 510
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 95 | 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 Hop-Droppen-Roll
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mellow gold with a touch of amber with a small to moderate head that hangs around once it becomes just a film. The nose right off the pour seems like a subtle waft of an IPA, but the taste is more in line with what I can only assume is par for the style. I've got little experience with APAs in this world of the DIPA or BUST mentality, but this one brings me back to Target field and those $9.00 glasses of Summit EPA. Really pleasant, bready malt with lime tartness, probably a better choice for summer than these 40 below nights we've been having up here in the barren tundra. This isn't a knock-out victory for Alaskan, but they don't need to impress me any further than I am with them already, they're such a solid brewery - and even if this isn't their star player, I can easily see myself picking up a 6pack of Freeride on my way to my buddy's place for a bonfire or any other get together where I don't want beer to be the focus of my evening - in other words, it's a great wingman beer - it's there for you, it's fun, it's delicious beer, but you don't have to drop everything and focus on the beer each time you take a sip. It's a drinking beer, not a whale, and those beers are good to have around. (1,209 characters)

Photo of cxr1037
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 (892 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish tinted amber color with a big billowy white head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time as big bubbles within the foam head pop, leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a hoppy smell mixed with a rather strong sweet fruity nature. The hop is mainly of a grapefruit smell, but has other aromas of lemon with some floral notes there as well. The fruity flavors, like the hop, are largely citrus in nature as well with lots of tangerine and orange. Along with the citrus however, so to comes some caramel along with a little bit of a biscuit malt and roasted smell, overall producing a rather nicely balanced smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a very light level of citrus sweetness and a nice biscuit and bready flavor. Some light caramel sweetness is present upfront as well, but this flavor fades rapidly as the taste advances from the start. While the caramel fades, hop flavors of a grapefruit flavor really start to kick in. Some lemon flavors also come to the tongue as well as a bit of a roasted and grainy taste. Some herbal and flowery hop tastes then join the flavor profile at the end of the taste, and with a bit of a dwindling of the citrus sweetness, one is left with a rather moderately hopped and sweet grainy biscuit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the averages to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 5.3 % abv with a carbonation level that is average. Both were quite appropriate for the style with the slightly thicker body of the brew nicely accentuating the moderately hopped flavor of the brew.

Overall – An all right APA with a decent level of hoppiness and a slightly drier and more biscuity taste. (1,871 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of monorailred
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has really good retention. The head is just a little bit off-white with a hint of yellow while the body is a medium amber that glows light and orange when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing as well. Lots of sheeting.

Nose- Pretty good, but typical aroma. Citrus at first- orange and lemon- followed by some caramel. Faint hints of pine and resin. Little bit of matchstick. Shows some peach and some grapefruit after swirling.

Taste- Starts off citrus- orange and lemon again- but then lots of matchstick shows itself while the little bit of caramel there is in the middle tries to assert itself. Some earwax bitterness and some spice on the finish. Too much of a bitter hop profile for an APA. This fades somewhat but it still influences the entire flavor profile. Some orange and lemon peel. A little messy for an APA as well. Not a bad beer but also not one I will be picking up as long as there is Sierra Nevada in the world. A little chalky on the finish. Just above mediocre.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Carbonation seems to be okay.

Drinkability- A little messy for an APA but still very drinkable. Pretty standard craft beer six-pack price.

Overall- Lacks roundness and balance for a style that works mainly in subtlety. Worth giving a try. Slightly above average. I will not be buying this again. (1,420 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of SFACRKnight
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelver into a duvel tulip.
Pours a brite golden color with a bone white head and plenty of carbonation. Biscuity and bready malt with a touch of hops on the nose, not as prominant as I expected. First sip is a clean bready maltiness that is ovverlaid with a citrusy hop flavor, however there is another hop flavor lurking in the background, a bit vegetal. Feels clean and well carbonated, another easy drinker. Overall, barring the vegetal flavor, I could drink this all day. (490 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (801 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden body, thick white head; clumps of foam clinging to the side of the glass. Bold pine and citrus hop aromas. Juicy flavors with a crisp, biting hop bitterness. Smooth feel; medium-light body; crisp, clean, dry.

A pretty nice ale that lets its hop profile do the talking. What malts used are kept well in the background. It sometimes seems almost watery, perhaps due to the relatively weak malt character, yet it still pulls through and is really quite drinkable and enjoyable as is. (488 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light copper color with less than 1/4 inch of off-white head that low retention and decent lacing.

The aroma had a nice blast of pine hops over a soft malt base. The flavor profile was very similar, basic malts and piney hops. In other words, a basic pale ale. The body was also the typical medium of the style. Drinkability was good, you would happily grab one out of the sixer after yard work, or for the game.

Overall, a pretty solid brew. Not one you're likely to get excited about, but still enjoyable. At less than $8 a sixer, it's worth grabbing one and trying it. (628 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. “071913” is printed on the label, and I assume that is a freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of buttery, eggshell-colored head settles slowly, leaving an even skim and ring around the edge. The color is a hazy, pale amber.

Smell: There is a ton of grapefruit and tangerine right off the bat. It is a touch catty, too, and there are musty, pale malts. The overall impression, though, is invigorating citrus.

Taste: It has a full-bodied, dry mouthfeel and the beer packs a nice, tasty punch. The grapefruit and tangerine citrus are present but are quite muted compared to the smell. They are, however, omnipresent and complemented by lemon zest; they even linger on the taste buds after each sip. Musty pale malts and caramel play supporting roles.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable, tasty stuff. It is refreshing and not too heavy. (902 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of KBomb
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (859 characters)

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Alaskan Freeride APA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.