Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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3.64/5
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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
Ranking:
#38,310
Reviews:
655
Ratings:
2,076
pDev:
12.36%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
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75
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Photo of megamick
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robotic_being
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArfArf
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Logandrinkslots
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Captain69
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great amber color , good head great slightly sweet taste

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Photo of peritectoid
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is medium light maple syrup. Smell is a bit metallic, not a huge fan. Taste is clean amber, I got a hint of banana. Feel is easy drinking, super light carbonation. Overall great ale from the folks up north.

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Photo of RXUYDC
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmmayhew
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brennan27
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber red color. Smell is a little odd, almost smells like copper?
I can taste caramel, nuts, a little biscuity. Ends on the sweeter side, which is enjoyable as a change up from hop heavy beers. Very balanced flavors. Moderate thickness in mouthfeel yet still awesome on a hot day.
Been one of my go to's for a few years!

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Photo of corywalston
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bromannrn
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tonyf315
4.64/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BEST BY: 082918.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, dark amber-toned body with a diminishing, white head.

Smell: A sweet-smelling nose of cold toast, grains and apple candy as well as some supporting, smaller accents of spice, nut shells.

Taste: Malty, fruity fare with toasted nuts, breadcrusts and grains rounded by a toffee-brown sugar-like sweetness. Strong apple note. Gently spicy, lightly floral hops with a reserved bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: A sweetish, malty one, though it's not problematically cloying. I haven't crossed paths with this one in many, many years.

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Photo of zacky_U
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jadpsu
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this in Seaside, OR at Big Foot Steakhouse.
Came as a draft, amber color with a head that quickly disappeared leaving minimal side glass lace.

AROMA: Some weak sweet malts with hints of caramel and molasses. Nothing else

Taste: Like the smell and again on the weak side.

Feel: thin body with some lively carbonation. An easy drinker.
Overall: Mediocre, nothing offensive but very average.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of achepil
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a mildly dirty copper brown. Crystal clear. Nice lasting, rocky head. Some minor streaks on the glass.

Sugary aroma of powdered malt, some alcohol.

Strong "Amber" flavors of toasted malt, sweet caramel and light alcohol. Nearly no hop. Lots of carbonation but the body is richer than most in this style. Lingering toasted bread sweetness.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can’t believe that this is the first time that I’ve had this brew. It is a clear, amber colored liquid with a thick, dense off-white head. The aroma is very malty, backed with a little musty hop note. Flavorful, balanced, with bread and cracker-like flavors. Solidly flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of paresis
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a reddish copper color. The head is dense and has moderate retention. No lacing on the glass.

The nose is malty upfront with some easy hop bitterness to balance it out. Maple syrup comes to mind from the front to the middle. Ends slightly bitter.

More malty than anything. Hops are there but don't balance it out enough. Again picking up a syrup type flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with refreshing carbonation. Looks good.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,076 ratings