Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Ranked #63
Ranked #25,488
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Friday at 03:30 AM
Aug 20, 2001
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.
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3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Had this from a bottle.
A: pours dark amber body with small, off white head with ok retention and lacing
S: subtle sweetness; somewhat spicy notes
T: somewhat sweet notes with a subtle burnt caramel notes? Slight toffee notes
M: medium bodied an pretty smooth; decent
D nice feel and taste combo; ok overall; nothing too impressive

May 09, 2022
4 by Hophazzard from California on May 08, 2022
3.65 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on May 02, 2022
Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Got it on draft at a stop in the Seattle Airport a day or so ago. Decent brew and SO MUCH better than all the damned Budweiser products that all the other eateries were offering. YUK!

Apr 20, 2022
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3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by laketang from Arizona

Has a nice rich copper tone with almost no head or retention.
Nice floral notes.
Roasty notes and some caramel tastes.
Okay carbonation .
Good all-around brew.

Apr 16, 2022
3.5 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Apr 14, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Pours the color of a tarnished copper penny, a pale orange head that fades quickly not leaving any noticeable lacing. Aroma of warm bread, taste gets that, some caramel and a bit of hops in the end. Not quite thin, lingering carbonattion. A pleasant surprise.

Apr 12, 2022
3.83 by MJSFS from Florida on Mar 13, 2022
4.28 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Mar 13, 2022
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4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ChristianTotten

Beautiful Amber color. Extremely smooth and pretty sweet. No lingering taste. One of my favorite amber ales.

Feb 22, 2022
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 15, 2022
3.99 by bendukes86 from South Carolina on Feb 09, 2022
2 by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas on Jan 27, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Apellonious from North Carolina

On draft at The Still. Clear amber , slight malty and bready aroma and taste. Decent feel, somewhat smooth, medium carbonation. Well done.

Jan 27, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JZH1000 from Colorado

Poured from a 12oz can into the massive spiegelau wheat beer glass because I can.

The look is very nice a medium dark reddish brown. Basically amber whaddya know. Nice one finger creamy rocky head that fades into a nice thin layer covering the beer that sticks around.

The smell is quite malty with a yeasty funk to it not an off note but the fermentation character is quite strong from the long fermentation and conditioning. Hints of stone fruit or raisin, but still quite light compared to a lot of the alt beers out there. Hops are all bittering and stay at the back. I remember this seeming sweeter on draft.

Taste has similar notes to the smell bit with lots of sweet caramel malts hanging around which I like. Very gentle bittering hops on the very very back. Slight acidity on the front, i dont really remember that acidity when I've had it on draft again but it's not that far off it could just be me. Again not really an off flavor and everything does seem to get more mild as you drink.

The feel is just what I look for in an amber ale. The head is nice and creamy on each sip, and the after taste lingers leaving you with a toasty feeling on the palate. Very smooth, but nice for colder days or hanging out inside. Would also be nice with a hearty meal.

Overall this is a nice malty american attempt at an alt beer. I like it a lot with its warming malts making it a nice winter drink. Nothing too intense to keep it sessionable and a good go to, when you can find it.

Jan 25, 2022
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4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(12 oz can, best by 111921; purchased cold six pack at Maui in Tucson... poured into a 16 oz nonic)

L: clear, tawny-amber liquid with ugh a bit of suspended, speckled sediment; glistening, aged white foam reaches the lip of the glass... head takes awhile to recede; smattered lace at the top, thinning out as its drained

S: mellow intensity of caramel and crystal malt aromas; perhaps a delicate spicy accent; breadier as it goes... lightly-spiced, cakey bread essences once the palate is acclimated; bold but restrained

T: caramel and toasty medium (40-60) crystal malt; subtle hint of dried fruit; spicy (cinnamon?) aftertaste buzzing on the palate roof, while the floor is relatively clean and dry... almost halfway through, and it does express an excellence balance of desserty malt, snappy toast, and earthy/herbal bitterness while retaining levity

F: definitely a plush approach, perhaps bloated in its touch, but the airiness of which lifts and carries away most of the residual viscosity looking to layer or leave its mark on the palate... aft leaves a spectre of syrupy roundness; really relativel light, near moreish with its hop spice and alcohol low-key humming

O: first time seeing/buying this; second can from the pack... despite its age and condition, I do like this, however, it's begging to be paired with (or dominated by) a grilled, possibly zestily-herbed meat... its quality and charms do creep up, slowly revealing... I'd get it on tap, but I'm likely gonna just gift out the other 4 cans (1847)

Jan 02, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mntlover from Tennessee

Pours a amber with small tan head good sparse lace.

Aroma is toasted malts, sweet hints of toffee, pretty much like most ambers kind of plain but good.

Taste is toasted malts light caramel, hints of toffee and whispers of fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is medium lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall a descent amber ale middle of the road malty not much in the hop profile either. Just a good malts amber which is nice on occasion when one just needs a regular old beer.

Jan 02, 2022
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3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by wadamslll

I was drinking Busch last night, so this is quite an upgrade. 30 pts higher on BA.

Dec 18, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz can. Stamped on can bottom is 'BEST BY: 011522'.
Deep amber colored body. One finger of beige colored head, which settles back to a tight cap. Leaves some strings of lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt, almost to a green apple.
Taste is dense with sweet malt, granola and bran like. A little pop of hops.
A little thicker than medium mouth feel. Has a full feeling with a slight bite. Good carbonation.
Good malty beer to break up the constant string of IPAs and stouts. Aftertaste is short lived, and just goes to bread.

Dec 13, 2021
3.41 by Danzifer from Ohio on Dec 09, 2021
3.52 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Nov 25, 2021
3.99 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 18, 2021
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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Bierwolf from Missouri

Appearance: Pours amber colored with about 1 finger of light tan foam. Very little carbonation. Barely translucent and a little hazy. Foam leaves a nice froth.
Aroma: Sweet and malty.
Taste: Malty with very little hop bitterness.
Mouth Feel: Medium bodied and dry.
Overall: I have had a few ambers and I like them. This was good but not my favorite.

Oct 23, 2021
3.95 by magikbagel from Wisconsin on Sep 24, 2021
4.15 by Brimstoned from Nevada on Sep 04, 2021
3.86 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Jul 18, 2021
3.13 by mcbraxt from Michigan on Jul 13, 2021
3.77 by emwilke from Nevada on May 30, 2021
3.49 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on May 16, 2021
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3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by md3kcn from North Carolina

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
3.94 by KT3418 from Colorado on May 02, 2021
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3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by OK_Denise from Oklahoma

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

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
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3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

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

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
3.47 by funku2 from Colorado on Feb 12, 2021
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DrBeergood from Ohio

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
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