Alaskan Freeride APA - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
05-19-2014 22:59:01 | More by budgood1
3.99/5 rDev +8.1%
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!
04-27-2014 23:22:05 | More by arizcards
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Appearance: A 2”+ eggshell/off white head recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Color is mostly clear light copper with significant carbonation present.
Aroma: citrus and piney hops dominate but there is some definite caramel malt sweetness and the smell of fresh clean water.
Mouthfeel: light, crisp, refreshing and slightly sticky. There is a some ale fluffiness as well.
Flavor: pleasant combination of bitter citrus, pine, and lemony hops. This is balanced with a malt sweetness in the middle, although the bitterness lingers in the finish. There is a slight alcohol warming in the aftertaste.
Overall: A most excellent example of the style
04-27-2014 17:05:14 | More by Foyle
Alaskan Freeride APA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.