Alaskan ESB | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan ESBAlaskan ESB

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierman9 on 08-20-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of Ragingbull
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark amber or light brown in color. It has an autumn orange type of hue similar to some wood furniture you see. Some prickle and little to no head. Malty nose with a faint hint of hops. The attack is clean, but then the flavor hammers you with a strong bitter nut flavor. The nut and the bitter would be fine in the correct proportions and balance, but it seems that the nut overpowers the bitter and I don't feel that its a good thing. The aftertaste is consistent with the flavor. It sort of reminds me of when you get the nuts in the mixed nuts around Thanksgiving that are dried, or gone bad and they give a huge tart flavor that dries the mouth. I am appreciative that my father hauled this beer to me from Alaska, but its not my favorite of those he brought me.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of tbone64
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper pour with lots of carbonation and an off-white one finger head. Initial taste is strong with flowery hop flavor. The bitterness is strong but not overpowering. Body has a slightly flowery/piney bitterness balanced with a toasted grainy malt flavor. Finish is dry and bitter.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No but al-ask-ya later. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a light orange-red hue throughout. A fizzy white head that hid to the edge of the glass and stayed there. Decent lacing.

The nose is limited. A mostly caramel malt backing with some lighter nutty and complexity. Not much on hops but some minimal earthy notes. Would like a bit more hop character. No yeast character, has more of a cleaner US version. Would like to see a bit more English character overall.

The taste is a bit more on style versus the nose but still looking for more. To start the grain comes out with lighter caramel and nutty notes. There is a boarderline astringency thing up front but this is hidden by the hops. The hops come out with a light piney and flavor hop flavor. Some minor earthy notes but light. Some fusel note which is odd for the ABV.

The body is odd. Some sweetness up front but finishes dry. Carbonation is light but good for style. Overall I would like a bit more English character in the malt, hops and yeast. But still an easy drinking beer.

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3.15/5  rDev -18%

Photo of profzoom
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just moved to the Northwest after living in the Midwest my entire life, and am very excited to venture into a new region of microbreweries!

I began with the Alaskan ESB. It pours a lovely copper brown color with an ivory head. The aroma is nice and subtle; a faint hoppy sweetness. The taste is also pleasant, but not spectacular, a mild bitteress with quite a bit of carbonation.

All in all, a very nice brew that's getting me excited about what the Northwest has to offer!

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Photo of LakerLeith
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Fabiand
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of deathonthemounta
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

clear orange amber with a good looking head of yellow foam.

a slight smell balanced between non varietal hops and malt, a little metallic twinge.

fizzy carbonation on the tongue, bitter hops up front, a metallic astringent flavor with the the hops there...good malt balance slightly lingers. Not a lot to say about this, it is a good example of the style and certainly a sessionable brew.

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Photo of chrisms86
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I must say I was a bit disappointed by this ESB. The smell is very hoppy with a taste to match, with the hops creating a pleasant bitterness with a tangy sour flavor to match. A good taste but one-layered. The bitterness and the sour is all you get and any deeper search for taste yields nothing. The mouthfeel is bubbly, like club soda. Its weak mouthfeel lends itself to being an easy drinker, a positive aspect of this brew. Nothing horrible but you can certainly do better as far as the ESB style is concerned. Worth a try, nothing you'll find in my fridge quite often though.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a nice, frothy, pitting head that went down nicely and laced the glass. The body was orangish-brown and a little thin, though.

Smell – Nice, bitter hops greet the nose along with a light, balancing malt aroma.

Taste – The hoppy bitterness is indeed balanced by a lightly-toasted malt. The hops are quite nice, but the malt tastes a little grainy and cheap. Otherwise, this one came together quite well. The finish is a sweet, orange-type of rind.

Mouthfeel – Light to medium-bodied with no carbonation.

Drinkability – This was much better than the Altbier attempt, but average still the same.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice hops aroma - floral, herbal, some oil/grapefruit. Orange-amber clear w/off-white small head. Palate is med watery w/med hi carbonation. Starts slightly sweet w/decent malts. Big hops flavor but mostly hi level of bittering. Some alcohol, bland sugar. Bitter finish & after. Refreshing.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a trip to Cordova AK June 2002

This is really one of the only brews by Alaskan that I didn't enjoy all that much. Color is a lighter amber, thin off-white head faded leaving minimal light spots of lace. Very acidic flavor and bite, bitterness should be sweet and nice, this had a taste of generic aspirin in the finish that I just didn't like. I highly doubt it was a bad batch cuz all the others I had by Alaskan were great. Had a good smell of floral sweetness and light malt but that didn't carry over in the taste department for me. I've diffenately had better ESB. But ESB's are not my forte'.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty and a touch sweet. Roasted malts, medium hops. There is a smokiness to this beer. Nice malty character pervades this beer. Some malt sweetness. Finish is very smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, malty with some sweetness. A very complex flavor to this beer.

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Photo of Snow81
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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