Alaskan Pale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
82
good
199 Ratings
Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

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
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
121
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of rlee1390
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, one finger head without much carbonation, tries to leave some lacing behind but just can't seem to do it.

S-Some wheat/bread tones, mild hops, not much else.

T-More of the wheat/bread from the nose. A little bit of spices, earthy and floral. Bitterness isn't really there.

M-Light and lacking in carbonation.

O-Kind of a bland, run of the mill beer. Yeah, you could easily down a few of these on a hot day but flavor wise; nothing to knock your socks off.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. This beer pours a clear golden color with a thin white head that fizzes away quickly. Lightly bready malt and hops in the nose. Light-bodied with flavors of sweet malt and honey, plus some mild hops and spice. The finish is sweet with notes of malt and citrus, and the aftertaste is mildly spiced hops. Overall, the name is misleading on this beer considering the style. Fairly average for what it is.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear gold. Rather thin head, but good retention. Decent lacings to the finish.

Surprisingly grainy aroma, awfully sweet, with barely perceptible floral hops.

This is really clean and crisp. Sweetish grain up front, fruity yeast seems to contribute quite a bit through the middle. Very slight hopping in them finish. Quite quenching.

Admittedly not my favorite style, but an easy-drinker.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color with pretty much no head at all.

S: I'm really not picking up much. Maybe some pale malts but there's really just not much there.

T: Smooth and really malty upfront with some very faint pine hops in the middle. Some bready malts on the finish. Overall, pretty underwhelming.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw yellow, lots of clarity to the beer, can definitely see through to the other side of the pint glass (alaskan ipa glass if anyone cares, some people seem to write their glass info frequently/always). White head, 5/8" with moderate lacing and retention. Grassy aroma, not oppressive. Not really hoppy, just grassy, a little grainy, not too much going on.

Toasted malt, not roasted or burnt, just likely toasted like the Cypress Hill dude says in the Hullabalooza Simpson's episode. Crisp and attentive, tight carbonation, very little in the way of aftertaste or mouthfeel, ibus are probably in the mid30-40 range. Still has the grassiness moreso than any other characteristic. A decent summer option and palate cleanser.

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Photo of hero27
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear gold color, streams of carbonation float swiftly towards the top of the glass.
Subtle grassy hop aroma, some faint biscuity, caramel malt in the background as well.
Flavor of toasted corn flakes, wheaty malts, & lemongrass. Crisp mouthfeel and a light body, with a clean aftertaste of pale malt & slightly bitter hops. There are also some metallic flavors & a mild citrus aspect.

While this doesn't have any real unique or standout qualities, it could fill a spot in the rotation if you needed a pale ale to quench your thirst.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear goldenrod to orange, with a solid finger of white head, above average retention and lace.

S: Husky grain notes, grapefruit, mandarin orange/orange creamsicle.

T: Relatively innocuous bready pils style malt is there. Hop flavour consists of orange, other light citrus (grapefruit and lemon), light bitterness.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, very clean, flavours are direct.

D: Nice little pale ale, really not too bitter at all, so it could make a good starter craft, well priced for what it is, under $9/6er.

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Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours a low white head that soon becomes just a ring. The beer is a golden straw in color.

smell: A moderate grain sweetness, hint of pinapple and coconut, and an inconspicuous, muted hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body around medium.

taste: A moderate caramel grain sweetness, a light and water hop flavor, and some light fruit hints. Mild in bitterness.

drinkability: Easy to drink, but quite boring. Not a bad beer, but not one I'd seek out.

Acquired in a trade with loren01

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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this!

Code of A020409 - I'm assuming that that is the production date following the letter, but wish it were stated more clearly.

Pours slightly hazed golden with a light citric spiciness.

The taste is of pale maltiness with a light citric hop presence (in a lemony way), giving some balance to the light sweetness. It has a semi-sweet, grainy, pretty crisp finish.

Light-bodied - a bit watery in the middle. Medium to high carbonation.

A light (I know - that word again - but is fitting here), nothing offensive, nothing special, brew. Borders between American Blonde and APA. It's okay, but forgettable.

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Photo of berley31
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that diminished quickly to a thin film. Good lacing left on the glass, however. Body is a dark golden color, and clear.

S: Weak, weak hops. I'm not getting any more than that.

T: Very light-tasting, in terms of a very slight hoppy finish with medium dryness. Not bad at all, just a little weak is all. Short-to-average duration.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Extremely easy to drink, although a little weak for an APA.

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Photo of jayfarley3
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw colour, with a decent head that faded pretty quickly. Smells of light piney hops and citrus. Taste is very light for a pale ale but good none the less. This would make a good session beer or good on a hot day, but if you are looking for a good hoppy pale ale I would look elsewhere.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy straw gold with a fine layer of foam. It was a vigorous pour but the foam just didn't seem to be up to the task.

The smell is of light hoppiness. mostly citrus of the lemon kind which gives the beer a tart sensation and a very light breadiness. Way light nose so it's tough to pull things out.

The taste is hoppy first with that lemon I mentioned followed by a light taste of bread and some grain. Not a bad taster but pretty basic.

The mouthfel is light, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes on the bitter side.

Drinkability? Better than the sum of its parts and worth revisiting from time to time.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... poured into my red wine glass while listening to the RIS party mix on the iPod... Tool's cover of "No Quarter".

Very Very shortlasting 1/2" white head atop a chill hazed dark gold.... uninspiring. Minimal lacing... but what is there lasts until it dries out.

Aroma is nothing special... toasted malts.... munich and pale.... lite citrus/pine aroma .... I will give it the fact that it's plenty clean... no real noticeable yeastiness creeping in.

Flavor is toasty malts... with a very good bitter balance.. some spicy/citrus and floral hop flavors that are beat down by the malts.... Carbonation sorta washes away the flavors. An unexpected pinion finish as it warms... that is complimented by the slight sweetness.

Don't know what to say about this one.... nothing to bash; but nothing to sing praises to. Just good verging on pretty good.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: gold, clear, like a lager without much head even with a vigorous pour

S: grain, slightly sweet like honey, and a touch of hops that are hard to pin down

T: hoppy, earthy but light, mild bitterness. Grainy, with a little corn. Not a lot going on, but crisp and refreshing.

M: carbonated, a bit spritzy, moderate body

D: good, refreshing, drinkable beer. Almost a hybrid pale ale/pilsner.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium head, and hoppy nose. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly bitter. A good balance between malts and hops. Slight citrus taste. Nice flavor. Finish is mild, slightly bitter. Very drinkable. Would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of efsulliv
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold with a frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet malts, honey and some lemoney hops.

The flavor is sweet and biscuity malts with a mild citrus hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some semi-sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent mild pale / golden ale.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of scarfield
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App- Pours a clear golden blonde with a 1 inch head. Lacing is spotty through the glass.

Smell- Mostly malty bread comes through, but a bit of citrus in there as well.

Taste- Bright and malty from the start to finish, not much bitterness in there at all. Aftertaste is perhaps slightly stale or earthy.

MF- Low in carbonation, thin, but still quite drinkable.

Overall- A nice session beer, doesn't do damage to the palate. Not much outstanding, but nothing too negative about it either. Overall pleasant.

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Photo of fivetime
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mtrain237
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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