Alaskan Pale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

199 Ratings
Alaskan PaleAlaskan Pale

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

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.

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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 Rayek
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold colored brew with nice clarity. Rocky white head has very good retention. Leaves substantial lace on the gas.

S: Toasted malt with lemon and grapefruit citrus aromas.

T: Toasted malt up front. Bitterness is well balanced with the malt, and has a mild citrus quality. Finishes somewhat dry with a clean palate.

M: Light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Nice session beer. Not very exciting, but good for what it is.

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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 cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish golden yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly fades into a thin ring of lace. The slighty floral aroma features faint grainy malt with some citrusy hops. The taste starts off malty with the grain flavor and finishes with a crisp finish. This is not really a bitter beer, but the hops do a great job in making a nice crisp finish. The drinkability factor is very high for me with this particular beer, I could see this making a pretty solid session beer. Overall, Alasakan Pale is another solid brew from Alaskan Brewing Co. that is recommended.

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Photo of sml505
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear, golden color with a nice white, lasting head.

S - Light citrus hops. Notes of bread.

T - Sweet caramel malts and light citrus and pine hops. Mild bitter finish.

O/ M - Crisp, dry and clean flavors. Nice bitter finish. Light to medium mouthfeel. A great session/ day drinking brew.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got done cutting the grass, let's give this a whirl:

Pours an effervescent golden honey with 2+ fingers of pearl white head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Some lemon hops & a bit of white bread

T: Lemony & grassy hops, a touch of white pepper & some grainy notes up front. Cereal notes, some honey malt & lemon hops carry the day as this warms. Finishes with lemony & grassy hops, plus a touch of grainyness

MF: Medium bodied with some nice depth to it, moderate carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not a super complex APA, but a nice one to hang at the lake with or BBQ

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice clear golden color just as advertised. Hoppy, bubblegum smell followed by a crisp hoppiness. Very easy to drink as this is by no means a hop bomb and has a nice malty follow-up, its just nice to see a decently hopped pale ale instead of IPA's always stealing the spotlight.


after reading other reviews I don't understand if I got a very fresh sixer or my palate is warped from drinking different styles in one session, it tastes hoppy to me ?!?

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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 corey0212
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light & transparent gold color....smallish head fades pretty fast. Has a nice biscuity aroma. Malty sweetness to the beer....hops are in the mix, but this is by no means a "hoppy" APA. You could drink this with anything. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Zorro
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly chill hazed golden colored ale with a small white head. There are slight amber hues here but I will call this gold.

Smell is sweet and quite grainy with a pleasant herbal aroma. This is really a British style Pale Ale, the scent here is all English style hops, no pine or citrus detected. Little bit of honeysuckle aroma is in this but it isn't quite flowery smelling.

The taste starts off malty and buttery with a lot of grain flavor. There is a faint flower flavor here but I can't quite ID it. The best I can describe it as the subtle nuances of honey after it has been completely fermented. I would guess they dry hopped with Fuggles. Not much bitterness but this is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very tasty beer that doesn't really taste like an APA. This is very lager like in all aspects and I could almost call it a cream ale. Still this is quite tasty if not to style.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a hazed straw yellow, a hint of orange. The head is small, watery looking and short lived, though it does manage to hang some lace strands around the glass.

Aroma - very grapefruity aroma. That's about all I'm picking up but I'm liking it.

Taste - a neutral grain presence up front. A slight soda water saltiness followed by a dry citric hoppiness. The soda water flavor tends to fade out as the beer warms and the palate adjusts. Some malt flavor on the swallow, though overall this tastes a bit thin. A prickly finish.

Mouthfeel - lots of bubbles, so much that it is adversely affecting the flavor. The body is even to slightly light.

Drinkability - worth a try but not on my personal short list.

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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 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 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 oberon
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear light to medium golden a very very thin head atop almost non existent head to be honest.Aromas has a light herbal hop smack but it fades quickly leaving a clean toasty aroma,lightly sweet fruity malt flavors with a touch of caramel and biscuit a drying herbal hop finish.Pretty basic not overly hoppy its pretty well balanced and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Code of A082807, Sampled September 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold color when held up to the light and shows a rich copper hue otherwise. The aroma is fruity with citrusy hop notes of candied lemon zest, grapefruit, something akin to kiwi and a definite candied fruit component that smells quite sweet. A back note of aromatic, pale-toasted grain and crushed soda crackers rounds out the dominant fruit aromatics.

Crisp and fairly dry, yet with a touch of clean malt sweetness. Clean malt notes mix with a light, yet present, hop character that leans towards citrus (orange peel, grapefruit and a touch of lychee) and a lean grassiness. A solid bitterness is found in the beer; it is enough that it is one of the larger components of this brew, but this is such a light brew overall that this is not saying a whole lot. The bitterness definitely lingers on in the mouth long after a sip has been consumed. The malt character seems a bit thin at times, strangely even evoking thoughts of macro-brewed lager.

I am not too sure about this brew, it is certainly not bad and is well made, but it just leaves me feeling unfulfilled and as if something is missing. I wonder if replacing the American two row with a good imported base malt would kick the flavor up to the level that I am hungering for. Not bad, and I do like the hoppiness here.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden body. Thin white head. Decent retention with little lacing.

S: Equal parts malt & skunk (the stink of the macro).

T: Some light fruit but really not that much of a flavor. Better than a macro, but for an APA, not cutting it.

M: A bit fizzy up front, but that seemed to even out later.

D: Goes down easy enough, but I need more in a beer.

Is this really an APA? If so, it's my least favorite of the style. If not, well, chalk it up as a style I'm not in love with.

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Photo of denjen
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light refreshing pale ale here. Almost no malts to speak of, but there is a subtle hop tang to it. Perhaps saaz or cascade. Easy to drink
Jen: This brew has a nice light body that is accompanied by plenty of carbonation. The mouthfeel makes it fun and easy to drink. The taste is of citrusy/lemon hops with a mild pine bite at the end. So far this is one of my more liked Alaskan brews. I find it to be tasty, but not overdone.

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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 ccrida
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into into a small pilsner glass, the Alaskan Pale Golden Ale (as it states on the label), is aptly named. There is active carbonation and a creamy, small but firm, long-lasting white head that leaves a medium amount of lace.

The aroma is nice and bright, pils malt and fresh bread dough and floral hops.

The taste is mild, sweet bread and malt, with a nice touch of diactly butteriness. This pale ale is a smooth, easy drinker, but nothing notable.

There is a medium light, effervescent mouthfeel, a tad thin but well suited for a small beer.

This has hot day drinkability, but is nothing special or so great tasting.

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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 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 watermelonman
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a light and clear gold with a small head that lasted well. It left a few lines of lace.

The smell is light and mostly of malt. There's just a hint of citrus. Some biscuit flavors start off the taste, taken over by pale malt. Citrus comes back very lightly in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light, while drinkability is very good.

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Photo of rowew
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Label has some kayakers in front of a calving glacier. Best by date clearly marked.

Appearance: Completely clear yellow orange color with a medium sized head - fades quickly to just a thin lace.

Smell: Light clean grain aroma with just a bit of floral hops.

Taste: Light and crisp - clean grain, just a bit of hops.

Overall impression: Very simple, straightforward beer, but it has a good flavor. Nice session beer, probably a great gateway.

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Photo of Phatz
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow color with a splash tea, giving it some copper hues. The head was small, white, and faded fast. The lacing is heavy.

Smell: The aroma is a bit reserved but does have some hints of pale malts, sweet sugars and a light fruity attribute and a hit of citric hops. Clean.

Taste: Beginning to end this is a simple straightforward beer. To me it is built as a replacement for water. Maybe a session beer while shoveling Alaskan snow or mowing the lawn Southern USA; it is a beer that is pleasant but small and simple (even has a surprisingly low ABV. The taste starts fruity, and a bit like candied malts. The flavor gradually tips the scale into a light citrus hop attribute but all the while it maintains the underlying sugary water feel and taste it starts off with. Finish is mild and mostly clean, yet dry and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was a medium-to-light body that is very smooth.

Drinkability: This is a working mans drinking beer. Small and easy to session, it is very refreshing despite the fact that it lacks a bit of uniqueness.

Hope this is helpful.

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