Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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82
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1,965 Ratings
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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:
1,965
Reviews:
628
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
428
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A serviceable amber, passable beer. Enjoyed on tap at The Yard House, Scottsdale. A little sourness,like a drp of cherry fruitiness which also gave it an edgy drinkability. A bit amber colour, a little lace.Hops there, and decent balance. Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber with half finger head and no lacing.

S: typical caramel malt.

T: very sweet caramel malt. Sweeter than most ambers. Some citrus and lemon in the finish

M: moderate carbonation. Light to medium body.

Overall: sweet but ot offensively so. Otherwise a standard amber.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of sweet malts and an unidentifiable fruity smell.

T - Tastes of toasty malts and sweet fruits.

M - Good carbonation makes for a smooth drinking beer.

D - Very good beer with a tasty fruit essence. I would get this one again.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the more drinkable ambers ive had recently. pours a lighter shade of red, with a decent white head. smells malty but balanced, less sweet than most, and doughy a little, but not raw in any way. flavor is terrific, really round flavor, perfect balance and an appropriate mouthfeel. medium bodied and soft. this is a session amber all the way, nothing too sugary to rot your guts, not too malty to fill you up, not too anything. perfect after a hard earned win with the hockey team. affordable too, will be purchased again

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clean looking brownish red color. The head on top was cream colored and soapy looking. The smell of the beer is basically all malt, not much in the way of hop aromas. The aromas of some grains and toast come through with some caramel also. The taste of the beer was sweet with a dull earthy bitterness in the finish. The caramel and toast notes balance out pretty well. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, decent carbonation and medium bodied. Overall it's not a bad brew, happy I finally tried it.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Venice Ale House, Venice, CA

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is relatively malty and has flavors of toasted malts with notes of grain. No sweetness is perceptible. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but there are enough underlying hops so it isn't rendered undrinkable. It doesn't seem to have all of the complexity as German altbiers.

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

Enjoyed this Amber at the New York, New York's Pour 24 bar while in Las Vegas. It's great to sample some of these good beers that we don't get back in 'tucky.

The beer begins with a rich malty aroma, not to be overdone by spicy, citrusy hops. Light fruitiness, nuttiness, and toastiness gives an added sense of richness and complexity to the nose. Impressive nose.

Brightly colored amber color with sparkling clarity, active carbonation, and a firm withstanding head formation and retention. Again, an attractive look.

Flavors are truely malty without residual sweetness. Hints of toffee, toast, and barley give roundness and fullness to the malty taste. American hops add a orange zest, spicy grapefruit flavor that takes the malts into another direction. Light esters of apples, pears, and appricots ride just behind the malt and hop flavors. About as nice of a taste as an Amber can give.

Very well attenuated, creamy, moderate mouthfeel without any heaviness or unnecessary sweetness. Bitterness balances the malts and then some. Crisp, clean, and refreshing thoughout with a minty, hoppy finish.

A bit more agressively hopped than most, but my palate really enjoyed the agression. Great balance throughout, but with that citrusy hop assertiveness all the way. Nice.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A minor review milestone, made better by the atmosphere at Moose's Saloon in Kalispell - dark, sawdusty, amazing 'za, and well, beer!

This beer appears a dark amber hue, with one finger of light beige head, with falls away quickly leaving some small specks of lace around the glass. It smells of crisp fruity malt, and mild caramel. The taste is fruit malt - apple, mostly, and soft earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight and smooth. It finishes clean, and a bit sweet.

A simple, skewed ale, but in a good, drinkable way. Good malty stuff. I could see having a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a hefeweizen glass at Buffalo Wild Wings in high altitude Centennial, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a transparent amber, the most typically wholly amber colour beer I've ever seen.

Sm: Fair cream and amber hops. A mild strength aroma.

T: Really nicely built, with pleasant expressive amber hops and light cream. Hints of caramel and maybe nuts. Balanced near perfectly.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with lovely cream. Quite complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Pairs very well with wings. I'd definitely get this gem again.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear rust-tinged amber color with a nice head that retains as a film but leaves some shards of lace behind

Smell: Toasted brown bread

Taste: Toasted brown bread, up front, with a bit of earthy and grassy hops arriving by mid-palate; an underlying sweet, chocolate dusting adds complexity; after the swallow, the toasty flavors return and linger through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice alt - not sure why they call this an amber

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Best by date: 12/17/08
Consumed: 11/30/08

A - Poured out a copper/burgundy color with a bubbly, off white, one-finger head. It left small, thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled very malty. Sweet with hints of fruit and some floral aromas.

T - It tasted of biscuity malts and was quite sweet. It had a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was relatively crisp and somewhat sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is very tasty and very sessionable. I wish I had more. It could be a good beer to introduce to newbies.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of largadeer
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear reddish-amber with rising carbonation that feeds the thin head.

Sweet: A delicate aroma of malty sweetness, toast and a hint of fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: Mildly sweet initially with flavors of toasted grain, malt and apricot. The finish is pleasantly dry and crisp and the body is an appropriate medium-light.

Notes: Enjoyable stuff but not something I'd reach for too often. I can see this being great on cask, however.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/21/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice altbier style. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of beige head. Some splattered lace left. Color is a dark amber.

Aroma: Fairly malty. Caramel and bready. Pale malt flavors. Grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet malts. Some pale malt flavors. Grassy hops again. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a slight hint of bitterness. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, a decent amber with a lot of malt flavor. I’d have one in a sitting, but that’s about it.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,965 ratings.
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