Alaskan Big Mountain | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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87
very good
171 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Alaskan Big MountainAlaskan Big Mountain
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerKangaroo on 02-11-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
171
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
8.46%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of casapy
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcotom
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of davidward
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale ale along with Alaskan's Amber is just too sweet for me.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, fairly fresh- best by date is 3 months away. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a darker copper-orange body, one finger offwhite head, lots of retention, bits of lacing. Smell is grain, biscuit, touch of honey, orange peel, citrus, slight floral resin. Flavour follows the nose, although a little sweeter than expected; biscuit and honey, mild grainy bread, orange peel, grapefruit, with a slightly astringent but reasonable bitter floral on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately drinkable and carbonated for the style. Straight forward APA with a good hop and malt balance.

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Photo of 98green
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Grupatre
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gandres
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: amber clear, clear medium foam that quickly disappears
Aroma: hoppy, grains
Taste: medium bitterness sweet follow through
Palate:Lively carbonation, long finish, but low bitterness lingers, carbonation but drops quickly
Overall: very good pale ale
Drank: 9/17/2016 10:52 PM

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of morrowd3
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MatthewD4
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatthehull
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - Very pretty translucent deer copper, little to no white head and little to no lacing

S - Huge yeast up front, toasted malts/grains, very earthy, simple but nice pine/citrus hops, slight sugar, lightly floral, crisp mountain air and terroir

T - The taste definitely runs a little flatter than the nose. Everything in the nose is their for sure the only note that stands out is a very big floral and malt that melds awesomely.

M - Medium minus body, medium acidity, medium carbonation, decent balance, decent complexity and a very malty APA from start to finish.

D/O - Overall this ale is quite refreshing. Drinks like a pilsner or a lager but tastes a whole heck of a lot better. Simple, tasty and the glass ends up being empty pretty quickly.

Final Thoughts - Not sure on price as it came in a IPA sampler 12-pack that was $11. The abv is under 6% which is both good and bad, haha. Worth a go or two.

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Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Stunning, mostly clear bright copper. Head is tan, large, pillowy, retains incredibly well. Lots of large-bubbled lace. Resin, citrus zest, orange or grapefruit, mango aromas. Much of this is lost or subdued on the palate, apart from resin, which is now more like pine. Crackery, grassy, exquisite dried fruit notes, not so much citrus. Peppercorns and herbs in the back. Bordering on perfumy, not unpleasant in my estimation. Light to medium, lower level of carbonation, may be available in spring, but it's meant for the heat of a summer day.

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Pours out with a huge fluffy head, hazy medium golden body. Light citrus hoppy nose, but taste comes in much stronger, grapefruit, tangy. Its that tang that lingers. Malts can be detected in the background. Very satisfying, quenching, tasty APA.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Alaskan Big Mountain from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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