Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ranked #129
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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.
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richaa01 from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11%

Mar 18, 2014
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Available now in Ohio! This nice amber pours from the growler in a snifter
with a nice clear amber color with a subtle head of dissipating foam that
settles to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of light floral notes, light honey
touched biscuits, and subtle grain notes. Flavors exceed the nose by presence
of subtle chocolate and biscuit notes with light amber malts and subtle floral hop
notes on the rear. Very nice mouth feel, crisp, clean, and lightly sweet on the aftertaste.
An excellent brew I am glad to have tried.

HOPING to go to the Friday tasting in order to hopefully get a taste of the once famed
porter that garnered such high praise about 15 years ago in the beer magazines.


Aug 13, 2016
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KarmicSkrambl8 from California

2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

really my palate issue...

do not like Amber' not like Alaska's

too sweet, off-taste, not hoppy enough, not strong enough...not good enough

Feb 23, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never reviewed this? Whoah, who am I fooling, haha. Anyways, this was poured into a polkal for review. Though I've had this numerous times in pint glasses.
The appearance was a gentle hazy amber color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation runs up to fill a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head. Lacing is clingy but also slides after a while.
The smell starts off with rich sweet nutty malts with a sweet German yeast allowing light bready tones moving in and around the aroma really nice, slight butteriness but not diacetyl. It's buttery due to the yeast, so it's good.
The taste was mainly sweet with the nutty maltiness running into the bready to buttery depth of the beer. Light lingering nutty/buttery bready aftertaste slyly moves into the finish.
The mouthefeel is nice and light bodied, makes for a nice session. Carbonation feels somewhat low. That's okay to me because it's just more of a session than other altbiers.
Overall, it's an altbier, and to see hopheads slam this beer just shows their ignorance to the style. Of course, this is a wonderful take by an American brewer. It's exceptional with its respected food (bratwurst anyone?) and also goes well in beer bread.

Aug 29, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What the hell I've never rated this?

This was a classic amber. There was a time, barely just over a decade ago, when people would *seek out an amber ale*. Think about that.

This pours, erm, amber. A very pretty pour, actually. The slightest haze, variegate colors, firm head.

It smells bready, zippy, and fruity. A VERY old-school, malt-heavy aroma. It's a bit jarring if you've been drinking contemporary American beers, but if you approach it from the context of a scene in which US craft was attempting to make their own of mostly British styles, it makes much more sense. Even without such consideration, it is clearly a pleasant aroma, even it's not to contemporary style.

Tastes like a much more aggressive and well-balanced Bass. Not quite to the level of Tim Taylor's Landlord, but very much a solid mid-80 American attempt at something along those lines. Very bready up front, moving into sweet caramel and biscuit dough in the middle, and then a yeasty finish with more caramel. It lacks the minimally bitter hop tang of the top versions of the style, but it's still very well brewed.

Jun 06, 2018
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BWED from Colorado

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

12 oz. bottle poured into willibecher.

A- Dark copper. Light tan head holds pretty well.

S- Sweet, caramel. No hop aroma.

T- Sweet caramel, yet again, with a bit of a grainy note as well. Malt bomb.

M- Medium body, and sweet. Easy and smooth.

O- This one is malty, easy, and smooth. Pretty good little drinker.

May 05, 2016
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Aroma is somewhat bready, heavy on the toffee and somewhat spicy and sweet. Taste is more watered down. Bready with some toffee at the end. A little bit of a spicy hop. Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

Sep 18, 2016
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by 10-29-16. DFH tulip.

A: pours a dark and pretty clear copper red with 1 finger khaki head and a little slow, small bubble carbonation visible. Retained a good little cap for a while, but not much lacing to speak of.

S: beery. Sweet bready and toasty malt, a little clean floral hoppiness, some faint citrus, some faint sourdough.

T: arrives malty, toasty, and slightly sweet. Breadiness expands across mid palate into a wide, smooth, sweet and slightly sour mid palate. Toastiness lingers with a solid but mild clean hop finish. As ambers go this is barely on the right side of too sweet.

M: where this amber really shines is in how clean it is. Many ambers get too slick and cloying, this one isn't. Lighter end of mid weight, slightly slick, moderate to light carbonation.

O: this is a really good amber ale. For one who likes malty beers, this is a real winner. Would go great with food, and certainly good for bringing to a party. Could be hard to drink more than a couple, though. I think I like Bell's and Eliot Ness better, but this might be my #3 Amber.

Sep 10, 2016
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Eamartin88 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 28, 2020
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Gusler from Arizona

4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the forward looking distributors here in Arizona, we now have access to literally dozens of great beers from some fantastic brewers, one I’m most happy to see on the shelves of my main beer palace is Alaskan Amber. The beer after its release from the 12-ounce stubby brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous deep copper with a pleasing semi-creamy light tan head that is modest in size, the lace formed provides a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, hints of caramel and maybe brown sugar, delightful at any rate, start is mildly sweet, the grain presence ideal and the top light to medium in feel. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hops polite in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, and to my mind and palate, one of the best session beers to be had here in Arizona.

Apr 16, 2006
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tmcd02 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Mar 22, 2012
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sherpahigh from Canada (AB)

3.04/5  rDev -16.7%

Aug 25, 2014
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PalatePilot from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Oct 04, 2013
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Onemic from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Jul 19, 2012
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rdooley from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Apr 27, 2013
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JAck199 from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 04, 2015
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Brookfieldglass from Iowa

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The set up: Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass as my Kolsch/Altbier glass is currently in the dishwasher.

Appearance: A nice clear amber with a small white cap and some bubbles rising to the surface throughout the beer. Some lacing present on the glass as well.

Smell: Sweet malts and some kind of fruit smell is present but I'm not able to identify it.

Taste: Sweet malts, fruity but yet muted.

Mouthfeel: Light side for body, mildly carbonated and finishes a bit sticky with a hint of sting.

Final thoughts: This beer to me is well suited for non-complex drinking wants/needs for when you want something "more" than a simple Pilsner or other German style simple lager and is a decent American take on this traditional German style. It has just enough complexity to not be boring but not overly complex/strong.

Jan 27, 2018
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Delta6014 from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 25, 2018
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:. Pours an Amber red orange with a medium creamy white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Fresh toasted bread with a nice sweet malt and some caramel.

T:. Fresh toasted bread, nutty malt, some sweet malt and some caramel.

F:. Smooth carbonation, light to medium body.

O:. Even after all these years Alaskan Amber is still a solid beer.

Jun 29, 2019
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours into a Belgian glass with a deep orange/red color. A modest head reduces to a thin cover/thick collar. A good looking beer.

Aroma - fairly average graininess, a slight whiff of metal and some diacetyl. Meh.

Taste - light grains with a touch of smooth bready sweetness. Light diacetyl again and a mild balanced hoppiness on the swallow and aftertaste. Decent balance, even flavors.

Mouthfeel - a note of smoothness, accentuating the body a little above medium. Carbonation is steady.

Drinkability - a fine easy-drinking session beer.

Mar 16, 2008
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morimech from Minnesota

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

Clear dark amber or copper colored with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap with just a light speckling of lace. I smell caramel from the malt and some grassy hops. A bit weak in the aroma department. In the flavor the malt gives a little bit of toasted quality that I did not pick up in the aroma. Otherwise caramel and slightly medicinal flavor from the hops. Pretty well balanced. The body is a little thin. Otherwise had nice carbonation. An easy enough beer to drink but lacks excitement so I rate just better than average.

May 08, 2011
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MickeyMonk from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

May 26, 2014
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smbslt from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 07, 2015
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Leschber from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

May 02, 2012
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MorgnPM from Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

Feb 08, 2013
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