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Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan Amber is a perennial favourite of mine. A smooth, copper colored ale; heavy on the malt with just enough hop to cleanse the palette from the sweetness. Definitely NOT a "lawnmower" beer, but mild enough to drink plenty in a session. This is another great choice for the milder fall and cooler winter sessions at the pub or in front of the fire at home. One issue I have had with this beer is an omnipresent flaw of the pub to want to serve it cold. This beer suffers greatly from a cold pour, as the floral complexities are completely lost. If you are tasting this beer for the first time, do yourself the favour of letting the bottle stand 5-10 minutes out of refrigeration before pouring, then pour slowly and with the glass tipped as you normally would. The head on this style beer should be low, as the carbonation should be as well. If you have a home draught beer system, set it no less than 45F and I recommend tapping into a pitcher and serving from there, as I have found that helps the head to seem creamier.

Alaskan Amber pairs well with hearty beef dishes, and I enjoy it with any dish which you might pair with a red wine. If I could find a fault with with this beer, it would be the flaw in most/all bottled offerings; that of metallic force carbonation. This is my default bottled beer favourite, as here in California, due to a great distribution network, we can often get it for less than $12/12 pack! Someone show me a better $1 ale!!!

This is a good choice for an American made amber ale without the overbearing hop profile which the west coast has imposed on the style. it compares well with British pale, ESB or German Alt beers in flavour and food pairing. If you have tried it in the past, and were "unimpresesed", try it again properly served. You'll be glad you did!!

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish brown with fast white foam. Quick dissolving. Bubbles active. Toffee forward nose, caramel. Light malt - watery. Feels kind of hollow, like some flavor profile is missing. Mild hop, little bite at the finish. Cloying. Had hoped for more.

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3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tasted in a pint glass from draft and 12 oz bottles. Look is clear bright amber with a thick light tan head and spotty lacing. Smell is biscuit malts and toasted grains. Taste is sweet malts, toasted grains with some bitter and spicy hop notes. Feel is light in body that is a little oily and finishes spicy and dry.

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3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this while on my Honeymoon at the "world famous" Red Dog Saloon in Juneau, Alaska.

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Medium/light shade of amber. Decent amount of carbonation going on. Half finger of creamy head blanketing top go's away pretty quick. Nice Lacing hanging around almost all the way to the end of the glass.

S- Little bit of grain, little bit of caramel. Not too much to write home about, but what does make it's way to the nose is pleasant none the less.

T/M- Malty, smoth and creamy. Malts are kept in check with the slightest touch of hops. Finishes rather clean.

O- I would have liked a little more complexity here but i'm not going to complain. A better than average lager that drinks easily. Although not mind blowing by any means, I can't find anything i truly dislike with this Amber and that suites me just fine.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1,994 ratings
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