Big Mountain
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
American Pale Ale
3.82 | pDev: 9.42%
Nov 14, 2020
Feb 11, 2014
Light copper color, dry hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic and Calypso hops.

45 IBU
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Reviewed by 7yph0on from Washington

2.12/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
I have tried this ale every time it first hits the shelves (back when it was more seasonal) and while the look and feel is good, the smell has always had a hint of the taste in it. There's literally an ammonia aftertaste that's quite terrible. I've checked the dates, always fresh. Tried it multiple times over several years. Even tried to talk to Alaskan about it but they treated me like I knew nothing of beers and the ammonia/cat box notes were 'all the rage' so I must be some hater. Look, I really like their Amber and the WINTER is possibly the best I think they make. I do enjoy many of their beers but cannot recommend this Big Mountain ale
Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 4 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by ptat from Delaware

Aug 03, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

May 20, 2018
Rated: 3.3 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

May 01, 2018
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Rated by ColoradoRich from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Hoppy for a pale ale, citrus and sweet taste. Fine but would pass in favor of others for future
Apr 19, 2018
Rated: 3.38 by McHenry from Wisconsin

Dec 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Schlitz74 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This beer pours a nice amber color with about a finger of off white head. There is very little lacing left on the glass. This is slightly above average. I will say that this beer is a session beer if you have 2 or 3.
Oct 19, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by MacStinson from Michigan

Oct 16, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
For whatever reason I remember drinking these with Jerry. Anyways, this pours golden and has a good amount of clarity and 1/2" white head. Aroma was interesting, there's been simcoe and amarillo it seems like.

Taste was a nice bitter middle of the road pale ale. Mild dry pale toasted malts, golden promise. Good hop flavor, dank forest, mild tropical fruit along the lines of papaya and pineapple. Well carbonated. Seems like it also has that Chinook hop flavor and bitterness at the same time. The light body is enjoyable yet sturdy. Definitely one of Alaskan's best, if not the best hoppy beer.
Sep 15, 2017
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Reviewed by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
There's nothing special about this beer, it's a solid pale ale but nothing your gonna remember after your done drinking it. Most other beers from alaskan brewing company are better.
Sep 14, 2017
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into stemless wine glass

Great looking with a sticky cap of foam that stays. Smell is dull; it's just dry leaves and soapy hops. This alternates between tasting like a very bitter average apa and soapy dishwater. The hops at times show a lot of fruit flavor (apple, pear, pineapple), but mostly fall flat

Not bad, but the flavors can clash. In an overcrowded APA market this isn't even on my radar
Sep 13, 2017
Rated: 3.33 by robertrh from Texas

Aug 26, 2017
Rated: 3.46 by casapy from Idaho

Aug 18, 2017
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured cold from a 12-ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear light copper colored body. A tentative pour yielded a one-finger white head that quickly settled into a thin ring. Not much lacing. Very pleasant burst of pine and citrus aromas upon opening the bottle. nicely balanced in terms of both aroma and flavor. Besides the aforementioned pine and citrus, there are floral notes, light biscuit, and orange zest. The zesty bitterness is quite lovely as it lingers on the palate. This turned out to be a pleasant surprise, a very well crafted and excellent beer.
Aug 01, 2017
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours clear, tan in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is hay, papaya, pear, and mosiac hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Makes for a really enjoyable malty treat.
Aug 01, 2017
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Rated by davidward from Florida

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This pale ale along with Alaskan's Amber is just too sweet for me.
Jul 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The appearance has a beautiful somewhat clear golden amber colored body with a nice gentle coating of lacing sticking through rings around the sides of the glass. The head is a good one finger’s worth and dissipates within about thirty seconds. The smell has super large amounts of citrusy fruits pummeling my nose in a sweet drastic way and ends up letting the grapefruit dominate. Some light spice does come out as well. Some light malts do come out near the end of the drink as it warms. The taste is bittersweet like a fantastic APA should. The aftertaste has a combined bittersweet quality to it. It leaves a good bitter dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a light to medium in body, and showcases a very good harsh-like quality like a good APA should. Carbonation is good for the style and for me as it shows just enough harshness for the style and just enough to sit just right on my mouth and tongue. Overall, pretty nice APA that I would have again.
Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

May 29, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

May 25, 2017
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