Alaskan Brewing Co.

Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Ranked #128
Ranked #43,115
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Notes: Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored "alt" style beer notably well balanced.
Reviews: 702 | Ratings: 2,222 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of md3kcn
md3kcn from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as a single can from Kroger for $1.69. Poured into a red Solo cup.

L - Dark copper with a frothy three-finger eggshell head.
S - Malty for sure. Caramel, toffee, and wet wheat notes. A bit of yeast.
T - Caramel, bran, and toasted biscuit. Chewy yeast notes. A hint of a hop bite.
F - Lightly carbonated. Smooth. Clean. While filling, it's quite refreshing.
O - While it does have a certain hop bite, the overall beer isn't bitter at all. A very good beer for the style, although a sort-of "malt bomb". For the price, it's worth it, and will likely buy again. Drink this with burgers at a backyard cookout - it's perfect for it.

May 05, 2021
Photo of OK_Denise
OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have tried a lot of Amber beers and this one was pretty good, I think. The taste was very appropriate for the style and it was not overpowering and had a nice clean finish. No hoppiness at all, which is a plus in my book!

May 01, 2021
Photo of Sayb
Sayb from Arizona

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Clear red with a tinge of brown . Thin head dissipates quickly
S: Sweet , roasted malt slight hint of caramel .
T: Follows the smell almost to a T .
F: Smooth , light carbonation . Pleasant aftertaste .
O: Great brew for sitting by the fireside on a cool night.

Apr 15, 2021
Photo of IPAs_for_days_13
IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep copper/amber color with a tall copper head with great retention. Props on the can design too! Smells rich of toasty malts, caramel, biscuity. Taste very much follows the nose, very rich of malts & has that nice toasty flavor on the finish that makes it not to sweet. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, savory. Very good brew! Had this when I was in Alaska.

Apr 03, 2021
Photo of tryptagon
tryptagon from Missouri

3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours medium-dark amber with thin white head that nearly disappears.

S: Almost undetectable bittersweet.

T: Warm wood, syrup, light molasses, maybe nutmeg...

F: Semi-thick bodied, amber presents well, warm, lingering palatability.

O: A solid amber brew. Very pleasant.

Mar 16, 2021
Photo of DrBeergood
DrBeergood from Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark caramel, slightly hazy, lots of carbonation.

S: Roasty toasty grains, with something familiar that I can't quite place.

T: I think what it is, is *unmalted* barley. The barley character is of paramount importance.

F: More flavor than Killians. Lighter than Smithwicks.

O: This is a gentle, easy-going brew with a style all of it's own.

Feb 12, 2021
Photo of pdwatson
pdwatson from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has become one of my favorite ambers. It pours nicely and leaves a nice fluffy head. It has the usual malty characteristics of most ambers, but for me it is one of the smoothest I've tried. It has very little after taste although its consistency is quite robust. Many amber beers have a slight trace of hops in the background...which is fine...but the Alaskan Amber is devoid of any hoppy nuances. I really enjoy the smoothness of this amber. It's one of Alaskan Brewing's best kept secrets.

Nov 19, 2020
Photo of MNAle
MNAle from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Malty aroma. Raisins, caramel, toast, mild spice.

Clear redish amber, ample rising bubbles. Tall, thick, creamy off-white head with excellent retention. Strings and loops of lacing. Very attractive.

Mild flavor, starts a bit sweet, nutty, malty, touch of spice and toast. The interplay of flavors carry through, with a just detectable hop bite to balance the overall maltiness. Tending toward moderately dry on the finish. Spice and toast remain in the aftertaste.

Feel is a bit thin, but not overly so for the style. Nice carbonation.

Overall, a tasty amber/alt, good flavor, and just enough from the hops to keep it balanced, providing an almost dry finish.

Nov 10, 2020
Photo of barneyrubble
barneyrubble from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can to tumbler a nice tan foam settles to a thin cap over pure copper color that is about 80% transparent.

On the nose a wonderful sweet, fruity, yeasty aroma prevails with hints of cinnamon. Reminds me of raising unbaked cinnamon rolls.

Taste is subtly sweet with a light buttery caramel feel and banana notes before a mild neutral green hop flavor. This follows the nose to a T. It is just a well balanced great flavor with a subtle hop tang at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium body, slick and smooth with light refreshing tang on the finish. Carbonation is light and a subtle balance to the slickness.

Overall a super smooth and flavorful beer with subtle sweetness and caramel malt. One of my favorite brown beers. Big yes to fall and winter rotation.

Oct 27, 2020
Photo of Vixie
Vixie from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish orange color with a decent off white head.

Smells to me of malt mixed with a bit of caramel.

Tastes a lot like it smells, decent amount of malt mixed in with caramel. There is a bit of spicy heat at the finish, with just a hint of hop bitterness.

Active feel to this one, feel a lot of tingling in my mouth and on the tongue, makes for a lively beer.

I am not overly familiar with this style, but I am liking this one. A lot of flavor, and very easy to drink. The low ABV means it would be easy to down 2 or 3 of them with much effect, and there is enough flavor to make that easy to do. Definitely worth a try.

Oct 20, 2020
Photo of cyclonece09
cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass. Pours red amber with a small off white head. Smells of toasted caramelized grain. Tastes of sweet caramelized grain but very plain. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Aug 15, 2020
Photo of Seanfo
Seanfo from Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was shocked at how good this beer is. Not only that... but where I live you can get it at a grocery store... and in Colorado grocery stores sell a very limited stock of beer (and no liquor). I'm impressed with a company that can maintain such a high quality, really easy drinking amber beer, at such high volumes. Nice job!

Aug 06, 2020
Photo of EriksAleES
EriksAleES from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date of Tasting: 06/26/20
Best By: 06/09/20*
*I personally did not notice any oxidation or off-flavors due to age. However, this likely impacted the hop perception which I noted as moderate to low.

Malt - Bready, slight caramel/toffee note. Slight hint of butterscotch.
Hops - Low to none. Slightly herbal (tea) or minty/woody.
Yeast - Clean/None

Copper with an orange hue. An off-white, beige head that is moderate in size with moderate retention. Head is slightly dense and some lacing on the glass edge/rim.

Malt - Bread crust, light caramel, a minor amount of roast similar to toasted bread, not quite to the point of burning.
Hops - More apparent in the flavor than the aroma. Minty (dusty aged mint leaves almost tea-like) and a slightly dried leaf or earthy note. Overall, bitterness was moderate to low.
Yeast - Clean/none
Balance - Malt forward with hops in the background.
Finish - More malty than bitter with a slightly roast/dry quality to it.

Moderate body and moderate carbonation. Astringency was low to none. No creaminess.

Initially tasted blind, I mistook this for a California Common, which was my mistake. The flavor was similar, although not quite as hoppy as Anchor Steam (after I opened one side by side). Butterscotch may or may not have been present. It's possible I was reading into the malt thinking it was a scotch ale, and my brain inserted butterscotch that was more of a toffee-like malt attribute. Overall I enjoyed the beer very much. Likely something that would be great with a burger. I prefer it served slightly on the cooler side.

Jul 01, 2020
Photo of Duley
Duley from Washington

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am in no way qualified to review a beer. I just wanted to review this one so that it will be added to my profile. It is, in my VERY limited beer experience, one of my favorites. It has a pleasant flavor and very low bitterness, which is what I look for.

Apr 16, 2020
Photo of ChrisMon02
ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Nice deep ruby red color with a 2 inch off white head. Decent lacing.

Rich malts and faint hops on the nose.

Taste follows the nose. I get a faint spicy note in the finish.

Medium-light body with spot on carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

I like this one. It’s a nice change up beer. I will revisit again.

Apr 09, 2020
Photo of Troy-Hawaii
Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack cans $7.99 Tamuras
10 days before best by date.
Smell of caramel
Clear amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Sweet malt flavors leaning towards a light taste
Overall a nice beer.

Apr 09, 2020
Photo of steveh
steveh from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I've been on a bit of a hop kick lately and suddenly needed a malt fix. I didn't know a local carried this one and thought I'd give it a try. Pretty sure I sampled the Amber way back when, but I don't remember them considering it an Alt -- even more interesting.

12 ounce can, best-by 04-18-20 ink-jetted to the bottom. Poured into my tall Becher, in lieu of an Alt Stange.

L -- Clear, deep amber-copper color with a sudsy off-white head that settles to a thin film.

S -- Nutty, malty aroma with some earthy notes and mild fruit esters back. No real hop notes standing out. As the beer warms there's even a touch of diacetyl back.

T -- Malty, caramel up front. Some mellow, cherry-ish, fruit esters in balance and the lightest of spicy bitterness keeping the malts in check.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to lightly syrupy with a medium body.

O -- I can understand why I didn't equate this to an Alt, the malt character is off and it's just not as clean as most German Alts I've tasted. The fruit esters are good to style, but the sweetish, caramel quality of the malts is too Amber Ale for an Alt. Goes down nice, but no Alt.

Mar 01, 2020
Photo of Livyatan1996
Livyatan1996 from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from the can, best by date still 3 months away. sloppily poured into a pint, a nice clearish amber color brew came down with a decent white head, which scurried away but has left a good bit of lace behind. aroma is quite warming and inviting, caramel-forward with a nice fresh baked bread backing, which are both joined with various stone fruit and floral hop notes. the flavor profile is quite a bit more subdued, starts and ends with a caramel sweetness and somewhere in the middle there's a really tasty bread, but it's only there for a flash. a few hints of earthy, ever so slightly fruity hops join in but keep at bay. drinks extremely easily, lingering sweetness with a hint of bitterness. medium-light bodied and fizzy, easy drinkin malt goodness.

Jan 29, 2020
Photo of iguanodon
iguanodon from Utah

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours clear copper with a medium off white head. Aroma: caramel and sweet malt, a little stone fruit. Taste: slightly sweet malt, faint fruit, faint earth. Ok, but I’ve had better alts.

Jan 19, 2020
Photo of Mindcrime1000
Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass.'

Pours medium reddish-amber with a nice foamy tan head. It subsides fairly quickly, but he brew has nice lacing and legs.

The aromas are caramel-malt-forward, with some fruity and floral hop notes.

The brew delivers caramel malt sweetness and a bit of nuttiness on the front end. However, it has good attenuation, so it doesn't stay sweet, with plenty of neutral bready malt, slightly toasted barley, a touch of fruity citrus, and then a generous but not overpowering dose of noble hop. Very well balanced.

The brew has a great feel. Medium-bodied but well-carbonated and finishes well.

This is one solid brew that delivers everything expected for the style and more.

Jan 18, 2020
Photo of Gordono
Gordono from Nevada

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite go to’s. Easy to find in a 12pk in most grocery stores. Malty, lightly hopped, nothing overstated but flavorful. An easy drink in a style I gravitate towards. Pours a medium amber (as would be expected) head dissipates quickly, clear, sparkling, minimal malty aroma.

Dec 15, 2019
Photo of bobv
bobv from Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle.
Best by 121119.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch off white head over a bright copper body with some lacing. Nose of sweet malt and very slight hops. Taste of malt and very little hops with a near syrup-like flavor and feel. Finishing with a very, very slight bitterness. Overall, I wouldn't turn another one down. Cheers!!

Nov 10, 2019
Photo of Brook82
Brook82 from Ohio

3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Half inch off white head that hung around for a minute or two. Smelled like apple juice when drinking. Broad range of sweet and bitter, easy drinking, smooth feel. Would buy again in a bar.

Aug 31, 2019
Photo of Kevin30462112
Kevin30462112 from Arkansas

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful brownish clear red with a nice brown head that very quickly dissipated to nothing. Very minute lacing, if any at all. Nice malty smell. Moderate carbonation. Has a malty, Orangey flavor, which is odd, being a beer from Alaska. Almost no hops. Not bad for a late summer, early fall beer, right when the air temperature starts to fall.

Aug 27, 2019
Photo of BigGold
BigGold from Mississippi

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had Alaskan Amber years ago in Oregon, and just had again at Public House, River North, Chicago, on draft into heavy weizen glass.

Glad I did, as it stands up better in Chicago than in the land of fruity, hoppy IPAs. Crisper and fruitier than I remembered, but still a sweet malt bomb. Not a waste of your time.

Aug 08, 2019
Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2222 ratings