Alaskan Amber | Alaskan Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
82
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1,949 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
1,949
Reviews:
623
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
421
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hegg4345
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Madasyn
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monk2021
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KEH
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Alaskan Amber is a great quality session beer, in my book. It pours a deep amber with a bit of a reddish-tan head. The malt character is strong in this one, and it has a hint of crisp hops in the finish (kinda like Sam Adam's Octoberfest.) Overall, I find this beer to be rather refreshing to drink.

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Photo of Btking20
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best before 12/14/16, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear coppery-amber. Thin off-white head. Some thick strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma. A bit of toasted malt.

Taste: A bit sweet. Toasted malt, some fruity esters (berry, currants), a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation. Not fizzy, but quite notable and scrubbing of the tongue. A little bit chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice malt forward beer. I can only have one by itself but I think this would pair really well with a wide range of food.

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

Photo of Chestertonian82
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brittian
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brewmasterapprentice
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice Amber color with a light froth that quickly dissipates. Has a slight malty smell to go with the lightly malted taste which sticks adamantly on the palate. One of my favorite beers as it's good on any occasion

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

Photo of dar482
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rydev24
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aaron17
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Aroma is somewhat bready, heavy on the toffee and somewhat spicy and sweet. Taste is more watered down. Bready with some toffee at the end. A little bit of a spicy hop. Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An enjoyable American rendition of the alt derived from a pre-Prohibition recipe. Interesting.
Malty in the nose, caramel malts in the taste and dry in the finish. A balanced interpretation of the style, but finished a bit bitter for me.
Fortunately, the bitter dissipated with the drier cheeses for appetizer.

Listed in the "1001", I ended my three year search finding this while visiting Madison Wisconsin (indicating further that distribution can be hard to understand... particularly since this has almost as many ratings as Alaskan's world-famous Smoked Porter widely found in Chicagoland.)
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave Amber only 2 of 4 stars, but said it was "remarkably smooth, malty." Agreed. He said good things about Alaskan that "it makes a variety of excellent beers."
So, why do I have to go to Wisconsin to find the others?

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Photo of Branlott42
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of SaltofOH
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by 10-29-16. DFH tulip.

A: pours a dark and pretty clear copper red with 1 finger khaki head and a little slow, small bubble carbonation visible. Retained a good little cap for a while, but not much lacing to speak of.

S: beery. Sweet bready and toasty malt, a little clean floral hoppiness, some faint citrus, some faint sourdough.

T: arrives malty, toasty, and slightly sweet. Breadiness expands across mid palate into a wide, smooth, sweet and slightly sour mid palate. Toastiness lingers with a solid but mild clean hop finish. As ambers go this is barely on the right side of too sweet.

M: where this amber really shines is in how clean it is. Many ambers get too slick and cloying, this one isn't. Lighter end of mid weight, slightly slick, moderate to light carbonation.

O: this is a really good amber ale. For one who likes malty beers, this is a real winner. Would go great with food, and certainly good for bringing to a party. Could be hard to drink more than a couple, though. I think I like Bell's and Eliot Ness better, but this might be my #3 Amber.

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Photo of crewfan1952
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shanegatter
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little hops, good

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Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 1,949 ratings.
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