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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This beer never does it for me. It's well-made with good ingredients, and has some heft. Maybe it's TOO well-made, if that's possible. A tough beer to get sloshed on, though you might enjoy it with a big piece of beef. Maybe it's better coming from a tap...

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark amber color with deep copper hints. The head is off-white and medium thickness when first poured. It soon dissipates to a thin covering with poor retention.

S- Caramel malts dominate everything though there are some light fruit like aromas and a light grassy hops finish.

T- The taste is a little sweet up front with flavors of caramel, fruit, and grain. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There's a mild hops presence that brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M- Smooth and crisp with medium body and clean finish though a little heavy on the carbonation for my liking.

D- A tasty beer that goes down very easily and is a solid good representation of style. This is a nice solid beer with a good amount of substance that makes it worth at least a try.

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Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a tawny copper color with good clarity, but quite a few yeast particles. The head is a one finger light mocha shade with decent enough retention.

S: Very caramel forward, almost to the point where it seemingly comes across as being chocolaty. Underneath the maltiness lies some fruity esters. A likable aroma, but not an amazing one.

T: Again, it's quite malty, with an almost chocolaty flavor profile at times. The caramel/chocolate maltiness gives way to a very plummy finish. Spots of milky lactose appear at times. It's not really complex, but it's surprisingly savorable for something that's so seemingly middle-of-the-road.

M: Not as drinkable as I'd like from a lower gravity selection - but on the opposite side of the coin, it's quite decadent feeling considering how 'small' it is. In layman's terms, it has a fairly heavy body. The carbonation is quite low for the style, which is honestly kind of refreshing in my mind.

O: I hear that this can be found in quite a few supermarkets in the West. All that does is make me wish I could find this in any ordinary gas station liquor store - I'd sure as shit pick this up over Fat Tire any day of the week.

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Altbiers' rich flavour is often attributed to a longer, colder fermentation period (lagering) but their deep, polished amber colour is result of nothing more than high-kilned malts (though clarity is admittedly the result of extended cold conditioning). Man, this beer is super handsome - it's the George Clooney of ambers (albeit without the great set of hair, it's bald atop).

The aroma, on the other hand, won't quite make anyone scream or faint, though this style boasts very few examples that could. Judging by colour and flavour it's obvious that a good amount of tasty malts were utilized so I'm at a loss as to why this doesn't have a little more aromatics. Surprisingly neutral, it takes a bit of swirling before opening up at all. Graininess dominates although a subtle sweetness is detected.

The best altbiers, like the best of every German lager style in existence, are characterized by an ultra-rich maltiness; Alaskan Amber may be a tax bracket or two beneath them. While it has a smooth, subtly sweet malt character with hints of toffee-nut brittle and tea biscuits, it doesn't offer the same degree of lip-licking gratification. As for quaffability, this is nonetheless a clean, quenching lager and as such is hard not to enjoy.

For something with this much caramelly colour, it is fairly bitter. While there's no tangible hop flavour and the beer weighs in at only 18 IBUs, bitterness can't seem to wait to find its way to the end of a sip; any malty remnants are quickly tossed out. The finish concludes with an abruptness akin to a theater flipping bright lights on before the credits even have a chance to start rolling (and then speeds them up once they do). Why so hasty?

The process necessary to make Alaskan Amber is part of the iceberg that people don’t see. A beer like this requires better ingredients, more patience, and a closer attention to detail. That being said, all those expenses don't exactly add up to a more unique (nor impressive) offering. Alaskan Amber is an altibier I was quick to drink, but won't be quick to drink again.

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,064 ratings