Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan AmberAlaskan Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,956
Reviews:
627
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
426
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/22/2005 (bottle):

Pours a red/brown color, non-cloudy medium sized head, very quickly diminshing. An aroma of hops, malt, sweet, flowers. Good smooth nutty taste, clean finish. Very tasty beer. I'll have to check out more altbiers if this is representative of the style.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Alaskan Amber is a solid representation of the style with its malt forward, semi-sweet approach. The beer pours beautifully, with a thick two finger head and a dark copper color. The head does not persist long, but there is good lacing.

The smell is a bit of a disappointment, as there's not a lot exploding at the nose. Instead, you get sweetness and caramel or toffee tones coming in very subtly. As for the taste, the beer comes alive a bit more, as the malts become more pronounced and the hops emerge a bit more to offer a tinge of dryness and bitterness.

This beer is a winner as an everyday beer. Given that six packs are going for $7 in my neck of the woods, you really can't beat the bang for your buck. It's tasty, easy-drinking and smooth. This is an easy choice for showing up at a party with a small, cheap offering.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep copper-red, almost brown, color. Two fingers of thick, off-white head developed and dissipated slowly to a billowy cap and then a spotted lacing with thick ring around the outside.

Smell: Very faint at first, but the aromas reveal themselves somewhat as the beer warms. I got toasted caramel malts, which were almost dark enough to be coffee or chocolate. There's also nuttiness and a little citrus bitterness.

Taste: The flavors almost feel distant for some reason, like I'm not getting everything they have to offer. It's slightly spicy with touches of cinnamon and pine, reminding me of a winter ale. Toasted caramel follows (much lighter than what I got in the smell), and the nutty and citrus qualities are also present. A hop-like tingle from the spice remains after each sip has gone down. (By the way, the spice isn't overpowering in any sense.)

Drinkability: Alaskan Amber is a smooth, tasty brew. I'd gladly drink it after two straight days of crabbin' (especially since it'd probably the only thing available).

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Photo of Jedimaster1
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew. I thought it was a Maibock because it was similar in taste Rogue's Dead Guy Ale.

A: Amber like the name suggests. Little cloudy, but still can see through. Head retains itself for a bit -- though I did have this one at altitude.

S: Wasn't much smell to notice.

T: Definitely malty. Not much hops here. Tasted similar to a Maibock. Not very much carbonation.

M: Good.

D: I could have another. Though I'd probably wouldn't be my first choice.

Good brew.

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Photo of Bill235
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodneyjankins
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber color.

smells sweet with maybe a lemony scent.

tastes slightly bitter, grassy and smokey with a more sweet kind of fruityish after taste.

drinks smooth, very drinkable. Left me feeling nice and toasty.
Overall a pretty tasty brew.
I would try this beer again.

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Photo of GBfan75
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prospero
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpecialK088
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pour 24 New York New York in Vegas

A-Typical amber nothing outstanding here but nothing wrong eaither

S-Hops with a mild fruit sweetness,grape or bannana.

T-Light and crisp very clean tasing brew, small nots of sweet malt and the above meantioned fruit.

M-Although a tad over carbonated it saves itself by not being overbearing in any one place, be it the sweetness or the bitterness, body is meduim.

D-Very easy to drink but nothing sticking out on this one that sets itself apart to by it over something else

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Photo of monk2021
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sethmcconkey
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisterClean
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Judged it and snagged an extra bottle in the end.

A - Deep amber, light head, medium-high carbonation.

S - Malts, nuts, and pears.

T - Nuts, pears, malts, and earthy hops. Yes, in that order.

M - A bit spicy from earthy hops, carbonation, and fairly drying.

D - Due to the difficulty of brewing an alt, this isn't bad. However, they need to reduce the hops (for earthiness and color) and add more grains (will not be as dry).

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Photo of Gemini6
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jdense
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with creamy tan one-finger head, decent lacing. Malts predominate the nose, with roasty malt taste, but the hops are fairly well hidden. Active mouthfeel. Pretty sessionable and a decent interpretation of the style, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint. Best before July 29, 2011.

Appearance: Clear, rich amber with nice off-white head.

Smell: Spicy noble hops (slightly metallic), cherry and other dark fruits. Slight biscuit notes.

Taste: Very fruity and caramel-like. Some breadiness, with a finish that is slightly spicy, but the fruitiness carries through nicely.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body that is somewhat reminiscent of a lager. Somewhat spritzy. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very strong everyday beer and somewhat unique for a flagship. Not the best Alt I have had, but both refreshing and full-flavored, and that was about all I expected.

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Photo of rossracing
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CanuckRover
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber. Thin head, little in the way of lacings.

Aroma is pretty lacking, light caramel.

Clean up front. Gives way to subtle caramel sweetness before rounding out to something a touch heavier. Soft, but sweet finish.

Light bodied, nice carbonation.

Nice session beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours somewhat dark brown/red, two finger white foamy head, decent amount of lacing, malty somewhat nutty aroma, sweet yet a deep bready maltiness in the taste, smooth over the palate, about a medium in body, good altbier that I would have again.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Balanced, somewhat fruity, ends with a bit of spice. Mild and mellow. Hops come out as it warms. Bready, yeasty.

Amberish, mildly carbonated, thin head. Doesn't smell like much though.

Easy enough to drink, a good sit-and-watch-tv beer. Somewhat drying, not particularly memorable.

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Photo of humanawho
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - nice light amber color with a white head that fades quickly

S - sweet but light piny aroma

T - sweet light a little piny; some peach flavors like sucking on the peach stone; a little earthy

M - a little too sweet feeling; kind of syrupy

D - good drinkablity but a little to syrupy for me

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Sweet toffee and caramel malt aroma. A touch of bread, sweet grape, and a little bit of red fruit. Maybe a hint of banana. Sweet malt and grape on the palate. Toffee malt, a little bit of toasted bread, and some red fruits. Minimal hoppiness, just a little bit of floral hop character.

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Photo of Vigilante
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice copper/red hue. Mild carbonation which dissipates quickly leaving light lacing. Very clear.

S: Malt. No detectable hop aroma.

T: Malty, but not too sweet, finishes with mild hop bitterness. Sweetness lingers on the tongue

M: Medium Bodied

O:Nice representation of the style. I am not a huge amber fan, but I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a somewhat dark brown/red, two finger white foamy head, decent amount of lacing.
The smell had a malty somewhat nutty aroma, sweet yet a deep bready maltiness in the taste. It was smooth over the palate, about a light to medium in body. It's a good altbier that I would have again, preferably with food.

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Photo of brakspear
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This amber ale pours with a nice deep amber color, however, the head does not stick around very long. The aroma is a blend of fruit fermentation aromas and some roasted malt notes and a bit of hop spiciness. The flavor is also a smooth blend of roasted malt and slight hop bitterness. Overall, this is a very decent amber, but there are better ones out there, especially on the Pacific Coast.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,956 ratings.
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