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Alaskan Big Mountain | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Big MountainAlaskan Big Mountain

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 149
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 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 pat61
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A gold amber pour with just a slight haze supports a 1” white foam collar that slowly recedes to a thin film. S: Malt, spice, earthy hops. T: Biscuit and light fruitleadying to a dry bitter finish with melon notes. F: Medium to medium light body and medium carbonation. O: A good serviceable beer but not outstanding.

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

Maybe I'm being a little critical of this beer, but it is close to being really quite good - in a quiet kind of way. Nice pour, deep golden, not perfectly clear, can see some floculant material in the bottle, probably from the hops...floral, nice hop profile, enough malt to not have it too thin. A nice beer. Got it once in 2014, then a few times in 2015 - consistent quality ( I like Alaskan Brewing for that).
A = 3.75 - nothing too special - beer!
S = 3.75 - some citrus and pine but not slapping you in the face
T = 4 - enough malt to stand up to the hops, not too bitter, a solid beer
M = not too thin which is good, much better than most 'session' IPA which seem to drive the malt down to keep the %alcohol/w down, and thus the calories down...
O = I like this beer and am being a little 'tough' a bit more hop forward than some pale ales, kind of a 1/2 IPA if there is such a thing. Try this beer!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice blend of hops that puts flowery next to tropical fruit with a menthol twist & somehow results in a liquorice midget gems flavour

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: lightly murky yellow-golden hue with a thin layer of ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: rather sweet malt aroma with a big floral character. Not bad, but I think it's a bit sweet for my taste (at least for a pale ale).

Taste: sweet and malty with a hint of toast and biscuit and more of that floral hop character. It's interesting -- not a bad beer at all, objectively, but it really doesn't light my fire, you know?

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge well-integrated carbonation and a massive creaminess. Wonderful!

Overall: this beer is decent, even if it doesn't excite my palate. That said, it is light and refreshing and drinkable (and that texture -- great!).

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Photo of arizcards
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single in early April from TW Arrowhead for $1.49. Best by 05/02/15 - doh!

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that leaving lacing behind.

Nose is very nice, mango and peach shines through.

Taste is lemon up front with the peach, pine, and mango lingering in the aftertaste.

Body is light and a bit out of step with the flavors.

Overall this is solid APA. I do not have them often but Alaskan does them nicely!

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Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rich gold color with a thick, white, foamy head. Strong floral hop aroma with minor citrus notes; strawberries. Mild malt base topped with a strong fruity and bitter hop flavor. Medium body; crisp and clean; somewhat juicy; mostly dry finish.

Overall, a pleasant, easy drinking ale that highlights hops. Aroma and bitter flavors dominate the senses, leaning towards the fruity and floral side of things.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a thick head of white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a sweet smell of some fruit and caramel with it mixed with some aromas of a more bready nature. Along with these aromas are some lighter aromas of grass and herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with some light fruit flavors of pear and apple and a bit of a caramel taste. These sweeter tastes are light, and get even lighter as the taste advances with the loss of sweet replaced by some herb and grass. While the fruitiness fades in the middle, it seems to surge toward the later stages only to once again fade at the very end. With the surge of sweet comes some other fruits of a citrus nature, all while in the end more hop of herb and grass take the loss of the fruitiness’s place, leaving one with a rather pleasant and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. It was rather appropriate for the style overall, but nothing too exceptional.

Overall – A rather tasty pale ale overall. A bit more heavy on the sweet and less so on the hop and grain, but overall quite a nice drinker.

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Photo of Todd
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crackery, Apple, Fruity, Pine

Chilled down and decanted carefully (lots of sediment). Bright amber/honey in color with a white lace that hangs around until the last sip. Soft, clean nose with some fruitiness and suggestions of hops to come. Light bodied, crisp carbonation. Dry apple upfront with some crackery malts. Herbal hops come forward with a soft bitterness, some pine, and a lot of grassiness that lingers with a dry, bready finish.

An okay, fairly balanced and straight-forward Pale Ale that provides just enough flavor to make it interesting.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This really has a nice aroma. Sweet and fruity and very pleasing.
Darkish amber (orange to browns) and rather clear. Off-white foamy head. Nice line drawn lacing.
Tamer hop flavors with less intense fruitiness and holding some grassiness. Bittereness is also tame and lays softly on a reasonably long finish. Malt flavor is non-distinct and seems to hold little sweetness.
Lighter body increased by fluffy carbonation.
The aroma stands out and the look is classic, the rest under performs, but in total ithis s a very solid everyday drinker.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a kinda hazy orange with a frothy head. The smell is very welcoming, full of fruit and some pine. The smell is kinda misleading though. The hops aren't very pronounced, and is very sweet. In addition to this it feels fairly watery and thin.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is dry hay and grain, grass and a little citrus.
The taste tends more malty, mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is softer.
A great pale that lets the malt shine.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells hoppy with lots of tropical fruit scent. Pineapple and mango scents. lesser scent of cedar wood.

Starts out mildly sweet and woody with slight savory taste. Tastes of mango and pine. Little bit of woody flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before May 10th.

A clear gold pour with a 2 finger head of foam.

Big grapefruit and pine, really hoppy nose, but in a way that tells you it's an APA vs an IPA.

Taste authenticates what I said above. A very hoppy Pale, multi talented with the mix of hops flavours going on; I get grapefruit, I get some pine, even a bit of grass if I close my eyes. It's not without its sweetish malty side either. Nice balance, err, relative balance.

Very good mouthfeel.

Great tasting APA and "only" 5.7 % abv. prefer this to the Alaskan IPAs.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy white head and decent lacing. I can smell the floral aroma hops without even putting my nose close to the glass. Not much malt complexity here, but a refreshing floral bittering thats not too overpowering. Has some drinkabilty qualities to it.

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Photo of Foyle
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick off white head that drops at a moderate rate with significant lacing. Color is cloudy yellow-orange with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: pine and citrus are dominate, with yeasty bread dough in the background.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied and quite sticky with a dry, slightly astringent finish.

Flavor: fruity and floral but with some malt sweetness to balance the flavor.

Overall: well done and appropriate to the style.

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Photo of jellikit
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thin head.
Smell: Grapefruit and pine.
Taste: light malt. Grapefruit hop flavor. Light pine on the hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium-light body. Dry. Light.
Overall: light and refreshing. Big grapefruit. Good sessionable ipa.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear golden color with white head. Pine, citrus, a little grass, and a slight malt note on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a hop bite, but is balanced out nicely by the malt.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks : Hazy, light honey-colored body, a fluffy , white 2 fingered head.

It smells : like a bowl of fresh chunked pink grapefruit. Slight pine and orange peel behind it.

It tastes : like the smell but watered down. Water and honey, pine and grapefruit. A bit of earth as well.

It feels : wet mouthfeel, light bodied, mildly creamy, dry finish.

Overall : I don't know if an "89" is what I'd score for this brew, but it's rather okay. Its easy drinking, but watered down in the flavor department and a linear nose.

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Photo of MarkGGlen
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Pale Ale I've ever had. Very "fruity." Blows away Free Ride in my opinion. Makes me think of Big Sky IPA (as I remember it--haven't had that in years since they no longer distribute it here). This will be my go-to beer whenever it is in season. Hopefully it will become part of their regular lineup.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 5/27/15.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, tropical fruit, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mix of citrus and tropical forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of gshak
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice juicy aroma of tropical fruits and pine. The malt foundation is about right, although it could have used a tad more sweetness. It is entirely possible that being fresh, the hops in this beer are completely overshadowing the malt. Taste is pretty good for what it is - a nice, hoppy, pale ale, with a dry finish and lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is light which is about perfect for the style.
A great drinking, everyday pale ale, that is very reasonably priced (I paid $7.49 in downtown Seattle for a 6-er).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this one is relatively new to the colorado market i think, or at least is just starting to become a little more prevalent in the stores. its a really good pale ale, almost has some lager properties on the yeast and mouthfeel sides of it, but has a nice clean citrusy hop profile and enough bitterness to suit the style requirements. pale in color, a little golden shimmer to it, and a nice tall white head. the malt gives it body and balance, but its hop forward beer for certain. not as aggressive and texture heavy on the hops as some west coast types, but not lacking in flavor at all, lemongrass and lime notes to the hop complexion here, but this is not a tropical beer. its very hearty, feels refreshing all the way through, but also is big enough in stature for cooler weather drinking. this is the best alaskan sixer i have tasted in awhile, job well done on this one. distinct in many ways, and i like it better than the free ride i think too, more happening with this one, more robust.

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