Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored "alt" style beer notably well balanced.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Photo of mschofield
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a red tint, topped with a short lived one finger creamy light tan head, no real lacing.
Fruity, caramel, nut, malt and cream aroma.
Apricot, caramel and fruity taste, Lots of toffee especially in the back, nutty note.
Medium bodied, nice drinkability.

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Photo of beergoot
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Used half of the bomber for Beer Advocate's 'Chipotle Garlic Copper Ale Marinade' found in issue #65.

Nice malt aroma with hints of toffee from a reddish copper body with little head. Very good rich malt taste, smooth and clean with just a touch of bitterness coming around at the finish.

This is a tough one for my overall score. Tastes pretty good, but the lack of any real head or lacing on the glass makes me lean towards a slightly lower overall rating. Still, I wouldn't hesitate to grab another one to wet my whistle...

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Photo of alexipa
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is an orange-ish clear color with a very slight head. Theres almost no scent to speak of, maybe some slight malts. Those same malts came through in the taste, along with a crispness that I really enjoyed. This is a light bodied brew with some carbonation.

An excellent, drinkable beer that is a great example of an alt-style.

After having this again, I noticed that it's really a beautiful looking beer. Dark orange-red, but still crystal clear. Got way more foam this time around.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a clear caramel color with nice carbonation and a thin foamy white head. The beer smells or caramel and dark fruits. The taste is light of sweetness along with mild hops with a hint of banana prunes, and caramel. A nice tingle of carbonation as you drink, a slight stickiness to the beer.

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Photo of mrjbrown27
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear ruby amber with an off-white finger width head, dissipating quickly into a spotty lacing.

smell - Primarily sweet malts. Hard to pull anything else.

Taste - A semi-sweet caramel malt flavor is prevalent, some earthy notes, a subtle herbal hop note in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very nice mouthfeel. Very fulfilling without being thick. Carbonation is perfect, with a really pleasant bite. A bit dry at the finish.

Overall - A solid offering from Alaskan. Not my favorite of theirs, but certainly good to drink from time to time.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of dense egg shell colored froth... A vibrant slightly glowing amber color... Moderate carbonation throughout... 100% translucent... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Fairly mundane... Pale malt wort... A slight nuttiness... A slight herbal spiciness...

T - Crystal malts... Lots of biscuit and bread... Diacytel... Toffee... Butter scotch... Light caramel... A slight hop bite...

M - Light to medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Clean and crisp... Smooth...

D - A solid Altbier, a style that I wish had more representation in the craft beer market... Simple... Low ABV... Well executed... Rather quaffable... Easy drinking... Sessionable...

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Photo of cinaboniver
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical amber hue. Not much on the nose. Deep nuttt and bready maltiness in the taste, very smooth over the palate. Medium in body, but very refreshing.

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Photo of ducktoadecoy
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer far exceeded my expectations. It is smooth but the taste is still potent and enjoyable. I feel like I could drink this on any occasion. The smell and look were perfect as well. If it were a bit stronger, I'd add it to my list of favorites.

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Photo of almostjay
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bearshawks85
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of birchstick
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a nice head
S - malts and bread and a tad bit of hops
T - has a lot of sweet, caramely malt and bread with a slight bitterness
MF - slightly thin, but very smooth
D - this is a pretty decent beer. Very easy to drink and does not dominate the palate as some beers can...

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Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent amber from Alaskan, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Decent amber colouring with a thin, white head. Caramely malt smell with a bit of citrus zing from the hops.

Nice smooth pale malt flavour. Faint hops in the background cut the sweetness.

Decent mouthfeel, carbonation not too much. Drinkable, but not anything that leaves me begging me for more.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is nice and malty up front, it has a bit of hop flavor in the middle that adds a nice component to this beer. The hop flavor could be a bin more hearty though. The hops really assert themselves in the finish; it is spicy yet mild, and has a hint of minty character to it. The malt flavors are sweet, with notes of caramel and an accompanying lightly toasted note.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

Floral hops, toasted caramel malt, and specialty malt fruitiness form the aroma. Flavor is based in specialty malt fruitiness, with a caramel malt backbone, floral notes, and a touch of a bitter finish. Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of sml505
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle

A - Deep amber. Light tan lasting head. No lacing.

S - Stong, sweet malt of bread, caramel.

T - Follows aroma nicely. Sweet and malty. A light, drying spice.

O/ M - Light spice balances it well. Nice malt and slight yeasty spice. Dry finish. Light to med mouthfeel.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a tulip style pint glass

A) A nice looking terracotta with a finger of head. The head dissipates rather quickly and leaves behind a light dusting. Not much lacing.

S) The aroma is sweet malt and just a kiss of hops.

T) Lightly toasted grain, caramel and a hint of dried fruits. The finish has an earthy, kind of grassy quality. Aftertaste lingers a bit.

M) It's fairly light, maybe medium/light. This is moderately carbonated, and feels right to me.

O) This is a nice easy drinking beer. It's not one that will have me saying, "Hey you gotta try this beer." It is a solid offering, and if you're looking for a pretty good amber, it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark but definitive copper color. 1-finger head dissipates rapidly with no lacing. But the good body scores good.

I'm having a hard time generating any smell whatsoever out of this beer. I do catch a hint of nice, fresh malt though.

The taste is more evident of said fresh malt, with just a twinge of hop bitterness in the end.

This is very smooth and gently carbonated. This 'liquid bread' drinks as easily as a nice hot loaf of solid bread eats.

This isn't going to blow you away, but I find I could easily have a session with this beer. Also nice and light on the ABV in case you're in for prolonged drinking.

I'd certainly pick up a 6er of these once in a while, which would happen as soon as I don't have to take a vacation to Vegas just to get some (missed the legendary Smoked Porter by a week *sniff*)

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Photo of mschipper
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mig100
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wgwrigel
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stephen_Bailey
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kadon
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,039 ratings