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 KarmicSkrambl8
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
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

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Photo of ThisMoonlife
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

Photo of DocJitsu
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Very nice aroma consisting of sweet raisin, sweet banana, and pumpkin spice ice cream. The aroma takes me to September/October for Oktoberfest. Maybe even the Covered Bridge Festival, if you've been in west-central Indiana in October. Mouthfeel is characterized by being light to medium body, soft, and wet. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment. Heavy nutmeg and cinnamon from start to finish. A little Dogfisheadish in their aggressiveness with spice. A lot of pumpkin pie and Oktoberfest. Not great, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of SpongeRuiner
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Hrodebert
4.82/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of orangemoustache
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect amber with a fluffy cream colored cap that retains for a moment or two before leaving some Hawaiian Island lacing. This looks very nice and inviting. The nose is a interesting blend of subtle fruit,mostly strawberry and caramel malts lightly roasted,honey oat bread crust as well. This taste uniquely like it smells. Strawberry marshmallow notes and very fresh malts,very clean and quaffable. Mouthfeel is light,yet sturdy. This is very good and very drinkable. This is like the Sarah Palin of beers, straight out of Alaska and aged well. Thanks for the bottle Paul.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown/copper color. Not a whole lot of lacing. Sweet, malty smell. Taste is very malty, sweet, with a nutty aftertaste. Not too incredibly complex. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This beer is pretty drinkable considering the ABV. A pretty tasty, average beer. Would be a fine choice for a session brew.

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Photo of weerezboy
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Robloc303
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Mrose78
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BoljaBoy52
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, reddish-orange with a thin head and no lacing. The aroma is fruity with caramel and vanilla coming through. The flavor leads off with caramel with nuts and spices with smooth, piney hops showing through as it warms. It's mouthfeel is medium. Alaskan Amber is a good brew, refreshing and satisfying. Recommended!

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

An average beer to this palate. The pour was unimpressive and yielded a small fizzy head that faded as quickly as it came. The smell was very faint and was pretty sweet with a slight citrus hint. The flavor was good in the beginning with some good malty sweetness and a light spiciness but this was overshadowed by a odd astringent flavor that lingered till the end. I don't know if I got a bad batch or something but this ruined the flavor for me.
I have heard many good things about this beer so maybe I will re-review at a later time. But for now I am not impressed at all.

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Photo of pkkosmatka
4.04/5  rDev +11%

Photo of SteveO1231
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an awesome dark reddish copper color with a nice head of off-white head. Not much lacing but a nice ring of fizz floats around the rim of my glass. Nice carbonation.

Very faint malty aroma and a candi sweet smell of cherries, kind of reminds me of redvines candy.

Fizzy on the palate, crisp and smooth. Awesome malty sweetness a little fruity, balanced perfectly with a light bitterness. Carbonation makes me burp quite a bit.

Very good beer, totally a session beer, I could drink this brew all night long!


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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper like a penny, super clear brew, nice three fingers of fluff from my furious pourWhiffs of delicate yeast, and mellow malts, cocoa, roasty, make up the entire nose. Very mild flavor, just german-like maltiness, some wheat crackers, pretzel and a little grain sweetness in the back. Light/medio body, and simple carbonation puts this in the category "comfortable to chug".

Very simple, sessionable.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Genghis22 for sending a 6 pack for my father in law. This bottle was kept as a service charge..ha.

A: Cloudy, dark amber in color. A little less than a finger of egg shell head. Quickly recedes to a thin film...very little lacing.

S: Toasted grains, caramel malt, floral hoppiness.

T: Caramel hops and floral hops is what I notice here most. Bitter, toasted flavors at the end. Has an earthy taste to it as well.

M: Carbonation helps the mouthfeel, but it's a little on the thin side.

O: Very easy drinking beer that I'd pick up a lot if available here in Nashville, then I'd get tired of it and stop buying it all together.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of muraco3
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Photo of jbehlar
4.77/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber color with a thin 1 finger head. Head goes away quickly. Not a lot else to say, looks like an amber.

S: Malty on the nose, slight sweet caramel. Takes a bit to warm up and unleash the aroma.

T: Sweet malty taste. Goes down quick and easy. Surprisingly has a bit of a bitter taste as well.

M: Medium bodied and carbonation. Has a resiny aftertaste.

O: Very solid above average amber, interesting to have every once in a while. Easy drinking beer, great session beer. Having only one on the day, I'd reach for something a little more interesting.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,038 ratings