Alaskan Pale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden Ale. A blonde, lighter bodied beer with a floral aroma and a crisp, hoppy finish that's not bitter. The hop character of Alaskan Pale is due to dry hopping by hand during the fermentation process.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
199
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
15.36%
 
 
Wants:
12
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12
For Trade:
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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 199
Photo of Mark
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This medium gold color pale ale is a winner from this fine underrated brewery. Head lasts and decent lacing is left. Aroma is floral with some citrus tones. Taste profile is similar with the Alaskan drinkability factor to seal the deal.
Lightish refreshing mouthfeel, very refreshing overall and drinkability as above mentioned is tops. This just might be the beer that will dominate my drinking habits over the next month. Can't go wrong with this baby.

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Photo of beernut7
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

More than the typical pale ale. Has many of the same characteristics as most American pales, but uses the hops more for the flavor than the bitterness. Like other Alaskan ales this one goes down right smooth. Definitely a nice one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan's golden pale ale delivers a beautiful, creamy white head; and a doughy, malty nose that's peppered with delicate citrus rind, lively fruit, and soft, breezy floral notes. It's smooth and lightly dextrinous across the palate, with a very fine-bubbled and somewhat restrained carbonation. Biscuity and bready malt appears first in the flavor, quickly followed by an infusion of delicate citrus notes that are mildly fruit-juicy and rind-like. Its bitterness is well-heeled, and seems only intended to balance its sweetness, leaving it to simply fade from the palate without much ado. Some sweet-biscuit malt does linger, however, beseeching you to take another sip! Wow! This is one really drinkable beer that would be perfect in almost any situation. Very nice!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from a trip to Cordova AK June 2002

Fairly hazey yellow color with a full foamy white head. Mild smell, this was almost to mild, very light hops and some lemon-like notes. Taste of sweet hops and hints of lemony fruit and fruity sugars, light but solid. Nice and smooth, light and pleasing feel with a medium malt body, excellent. Finish is also smooth, a little dry with a great, thin hoppy tone.

One hell of a great easy drinker!

While in Alaska last summer I was able to get a variety of the Alasan brews and this was my favorite. I even made room in my suitcase and took home a 12 of this stuff. Much better then the Amber and smashed the ESB. I didn't get to try any Smoked Porter or Oatmeal Stout, damn! Out of season. Still a great trip.

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 12 oz bottle purchased on Liquid Solutions.

A: The pale ale is true to its name, a pale orange-yellow color and crystal clear. The head neared one finger on pour and quickly receded.

S: The aroma is a grainy, caramel malt body with a kiss of hoppy citrus notes.

T: The flavor screams session. A grainy malt body, slightly thin, emerges first, providing a bready palate. On top of that base is a citrus grapefruit hop element. Those hops are subtle, providing hints of their power throughout the sip. That hop presence really makes up for the slightly thin body that I tasted up front.

M: The grainy malts and light hops are very easy on the palate.

D: This is definitely a session beer, light yet flavorful. I wouldn't hesitate to belly up to a few more of these.

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Photo of ERASE21
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was reluctant to buy from this brand because of the recent mass-distribution that has put Alaskan beers in every single liquor store in the Denver area. I folded and bought a six pack. It gives good head from even a super-tipped pour and the lacing rushes fast and plenty. Doesn't give off too much of an aroma but tastes lemony right off the bat, followed by a bread and hop-spice combo that is very refreshing. Nothing bad can I say about the taste. It's pretty damn good. Slam-ability is high with this one. It goes down very easy and satisfyingly. I don't get some of the other reviews saying it's kind of like a skunky macro lager or something. People don't give credit to beers that are actually a great balance of ingredients without some kind of shock factor that would turn off any beer layman. The truth is, this beer is great and even your girlfriend would like it. So would the typical Bud Light douche bag. That doesn't mean it's not good. It's crafted for a wider audience, but will still appeal to the open minded enthusiast.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially had a nice fluffy white head, but this quickly faded leaving a thin film on the top. Some very nice lace down the sides. Good presentation. Smell was out of this world! May have been the freshest smelling brew I have ever head. Smell was gooey fresh cut hops, like you broke it off the vine. Very strong as well. Fantastic, I could use this as an air freshner. Depp piney and citrus, pineapple like tones, with just the right amount of sweetnss, mixed in with a fresh cut grass smell, wonderful. The taste was very nice as well. Very nice, light and hoppy. Hints of vanilla and oak permiatted through and blended well with the terrapins naturally great rye pale flavor. A little thin on the mouth, I thought it would have come out slightly more robust then it did, but it afforded a wonderful long lasting dry finish.

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Photo of SargeC
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep golden-yellow with a golden-white head.

Smell: Decent hop aroma.

Taste: Nicely balanced hop and malt character. Very fresh quality to this brew.

Mouthfeel: Great body for a pale ale. Perfectly balanced between heavy and light.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, yet very satisfying from a character standpoint. One of my favorite brews to pair with Halibut and Chips.

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Photo of deeplennon
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my mind one this is one of the better APA's on the market today and I'll enjoy one as I write.

Taste is slightly honey sweet like many Alaskan's tend to be. Taking this into account, this is still one of the most balanced beers I've ever had. The weekest part of the brew is probably it's nose, maybe mine's stuffed up today but I'm not getting alot out of it, at least at a chilly serving temp. Warmed up a little and it would probably be a different story. Appearance is also a little gold for a pale, though indeed, the title 'golden ale' appears on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth as silk as the mild bitterness of the hops, enhanced by a moderate carbonation level, fall over the sides of the tongue as the beer rolls back. The sweet hop and malt fruityness of the beer dominates the gentle aftertaste. Burps that come up this flavor are especially pleasing. Overall a taste and sensation that when I look forward to having one simply makes me think, mmm beer. It's probably my favorite easy drinker of the Alaskan line, which is full of easy drinkers.

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Photo of umfskibum
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with freshness date clearly marked.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful straw yellow, with exceptional clarity. A nice white head about half an inch thick dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some spare lacing until the finish.

Smell: The smell, like a lot of good pales, is best termed bicuity. There are also hints of flora and citrus.

Taste: Very smooth and sweet, with a slight bitterness. It is fairly hoppy, and finishes quite smoothly. The taste only sticks around for a short time, though.

Mouthfeel: Light body, with fairly lively carbonation. Smoooth.

Drinkability: A great light and tasty beer, excellent for sessioning.

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Photo of diabecktic
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The color most resembles gold with a hint of orange-ish amber. Head formation, retention, and lacing for this beer are excellent. It's quite a sight.

Smell:
The dominant aroma is a sharp, biscuit-like maltiness. This is nicely complimented by the bitterness of the hops. There also seems to be a very slight hint of what I can only describe as "grass."

Taste:
This beer's taste very closely resembles its nose; biscuity malt flavor dominates while the slight bitterness from the hops is manifest mostly in the aftertaste portion. The "grassiness" is absent and the malt lingers a bit in the aftertaste as well. Again - I'd say that the maltiness is a bit more dominant than whatever else is present.

Mouthfeel:
There isn't really a bite to this beer; everything seems to just mix well in the mouth. The beer is moderately light (a bit on the lighter side of borderline-heavy, if you will) and finishes cleanly. It's a very "full" flavor and is by no means watery.

Drinkability:
Wow - does this ever go down smooth. It's slightly creamy and quite filling. However, for some reason it's entirely possible to pound this beer with little problem. I'd rate this as excellent.

Summary:
This is my third brew from the Alaskan Brewing Co. I seem to be 3 for 3, because I'm very impressed with everything I've had. The only downside for me is that there doesn't seem to be too much flavor other than the maltiness. However, there's a good balance of what's present (and what's present is pretty good non-withstanding). To me, it's a very "simple" beer, but it's a damn good pale ale.

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Photo of Offa
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale is very light but also very nice, with a clean and firm well-rounded, balanced character, a great, tasty easy-drinking beer.

Golden, it has a big white head slowly shrinking to a smaller but lasting, puffy, somewhat rocky head, and leaving a lot of nice, frothy lace.

Aroma is grain, apple, the light citrus with lemon and hint of grapefruit as well as hints of herbs and grass. It is very nice.

Taste is crisp with mineral, clean, light grain, slightly yeasty, and hints of peppery-grassy-citrusy hops with a bread-grain-apple aftertaste. In some ways, it is one of those ales that is very similar to a full-bodied, hoppy pale lager in character, with a light but definite ale yeasty quality.

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Photo of joecast
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep gold color with a thin layer of white foam on top.
nice spicy hop aroma with a taste similair to sierra nevada, but lighter on the bitterness and perhaps a smoother finish.
overall, id have to say i like this a bit better than snpa mainly because of the differences in and level of hops. this doesnt have so much a sweetness to it that can get a bit distracting to the taste.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Carbonated, but pours with little head. Light yellow in color. Some lager-ish flavoring in the background with a fruity and slightly hoppy foreground.

I consider this beer very drinkable, especially on a warm day. It's my favorite of the Alaskan brews I've tried.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here is a Pale Ale that doesn't fit too well with its PNW cohorts, but has a distinctive character to bring to the table. Pours (what else?) a nice pale golden hue with copious columns of cabonation. Thin, one finger head dissipates rather quickly, and the small bit of lacing is nice.

The smell is immediately floral in nature, soon giving way to a honey-sweet maltiness before finishing piney. The taste here is not overly complex, but is very well balanced. Toasty malts dominate but there is a floral/citric hoppiness that lingers.

Mouthfeel, esp. in summer is great due to the crisp flavors and ample carbonation. Drinkability is superior due to low ABV/solid taste. A winner of a session brew, even if it doesn't quite fulfill my personal definition of an ideal Pale.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass. Pours a clear golden with good head and decent retention and lacing. Smell is reminicent of a Belgian Pale with a straw and grain presence. Taste is good, nothing stands out too much, not very hoppy for an APA but a touch of hops, more grain and good malt balance. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. I have to say I think this may be the first 5 I've given for drinkability. I dont know what it was but this beer went down so smooth. I put a few more of these away than I should have, but it was an easy drinker and overall I was very impressed.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden in color...fizzy white head...Huge butterscotch notes in the aroma...mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side...creamy texture..butterscotch evident on the buds too but not quite as strong..a bit of tartness on the finish...a real unique pale ale...citrus hops are absent but the butterscotch is pleasant...not all will like this and it probably doesn't fit the style, but I like it none-the-less

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

It's their lightest year-rounder, showing a crystal-clear golden-yellow color. Hefty three fingers of head with some great lacing on the glass. Mild citric and peppery hop nose with a sweet maltiness that suggests honey and shortbread. Very smooth; a little crispness gets bounced off of the moderate body. A very clean palate lets the malt come through with a mellow biscuity flavor; hops are a little bitter with citric, wildflower and peppery flavors. After the hops settle, the malt comes full circle with more of a dry bread flavor in the finish.

Bigger is not always better, and many times, simple can be best. Nothing that will make an über beer geek do a double take, but certainly a session ale of greatness.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really like AK pale but if your looking for lots of hop flavor go elsewhere. AK pale is actually a golden ale, and it pours as such, light yellow, transparent and bubbly. However the flavor is of a pale ale, with cascade like hop taste but it is in the middle of the taste, almost in the aftertaste. very smooth and drinkable, great on a hot summer day in the fishing boat.

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Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a medium apple juice color with a slight amber hue, frothy off white head that soon dissipated, and some carb action.

Has a grainy and caramel malt smell with some pine and citrus hops.

Lightly sweet/acidic/bitter, bland grain, and some caramel malt taste with a grapefruit/orange hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carb, and a slight metallic finish.

If you want a low alcohol beer that is better than any macro product this is ideal. Definitely a session beer, the bottle is empty, with a slight grapefruit/grain/metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of tcayiajr
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was definetely the mainstay beer I drank while living in Alaska. At $10 a 12 pack it's hard to complain about this quality micro-brew. It pours a light golden color and goes down real smooth. Particularly enjoyable after a hard days worth of work.

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Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple of bottles of Alaskan Pale Ale at a specialty shop to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. A foamy white head forms, and is quite resilient. The beer appears to be moderately carbonated.

The smell is fairly strong and has a hop aroma, a pine scent and a fruity smell like pineapple juice.

The taste is slightly sweet, with a malt flavor, and a nice hop finish. There is also a bit of an herbal flavor, and a fruitiness, again like pineapple. The flavors are well balanced, nothing overpowers another.

The mouth feel is clean crisp and refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. It’s light and refreshing with a nice flavor. I would definitely have Alaskan Pale Ale again, and I wish I could find it in a six-pack.

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Photo of Todd
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz snubbie brown twist-off top bottle. Bottled on stamped on the side.

Appearance: Semi cloudy pale yellow beer with a huge chunky white foam head. Great retention with this bad boy.

Smell: Soft hops and grain in the nose. Mild fruity esters can also be picked up.

Taste: Light and silky smooth, with a very even medium malt body. Sweetness is slightly fruity/estery (faint tropical) and sugary (in a watery way). Hops very gently tease the palate, but that's about all. There's a very thin bitterness that lends some citrus/floral flavours and the slightest twang on the palate. Grainy, bitty and dry at the finish.

Notes: This is such an easy drinking beer that it's not even funny. An superb example of a session beer and an excellent crossover beer for those friends that are still reluctant to try quality beer.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this 12oz bottle as part of a microbrew sampler pack @ Cost Plus World Market. No discernable freshness date on the bottle. I was a little leery, as some of the other bottles in the pack have been a bit old. This one appears to be an exception.

Pours a clear honey color. Head settles quickly. carbonation bubbles rise relatively constantly throughout. Smells a bit of pine and honey, a bit of aroma hops as well. Nice malty flavor, not alot of hop bitterness, but there does appear to be just a hint present. Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery, but this is a pale ale, not something heavier, so it was expected. Altogether, it's a nice example of the style. Well Done!

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Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden color; had a nice 1/2" head which dropped down to a thin layer, leaving nice lace.... Nose was hoppy, but with a distinct lemony leaning. Decent body; smoothness a bit weighed down by a touch of carbonated-roughness. Has a hoppy flavor, but not in a bitter way. Strong lemony finish, but not tart. More like a lemon pastry. Interesting bier. A lot more fruity/less bitter than expected.

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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