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Alaskan Pale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
200
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of rawfish
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light straw-gold with surprising clarity. A decent finger high cap of white froth forms. A good attempt at lacing but it quickly falls apart with minimal retention.

Pale malt with cereal grains and sweet corn. Very little grassy hop character. One dimensional but not at all unpleasant.

Cereal grains, adjuncts, extremely raw and grainy in the forefront but less sweet corn than expected. Rather clean when it transitions to barely detectable grassy hops with a lemon twinge. Disappears off the palate with more unrefined grains.

Less than stellar carbonation over a thin, watery body. Not nearly as crisp and clean as I would've wanted.

Easy to forget that this is a blonde ale and not a pale. Hops are in short supply while the malt bill could be tightened up some. Well traveled beer but awfully grainy and raw. Alaskan has better offerings than this one.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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 tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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 RoyalT
2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – The body is just a bit on the cloudy side. The head though is gorgeous. It rose up easily even on my careful pour and pitted well as it slowly dissipated. The foamy froth left a beautiful lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – This one smells kind of funky. I’m not sure what it is. There’s some really cheap grain in there followed by a strange kind of sweetness. Not too promising.

Taste – Ouch! I have to part with the crowd here. I thought this was horrendous. I did like the refreshing hops, but the cheap Gummi-Bear sweetness that overpowered the smallish malt was very disappointing.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was good. It was “pale ale” enough to be refreshing and everything went down smooth. It’s medium-bodied, so it’s not too thin like a lot of other attempts at the style.

Drinkability – I certainly wouldn’t by this again.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of illidurit
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic. Pours gold with a touch of orange and a nice beige head that lasts a while. Aroma is bananas, minerals, grains, and fresh bread. Flavor is bready up front and then a nice earthiness comes through. A little watery and bland in mouthfeel. Not awful but really nothing to revisit.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to koopa for providing this beer in a recent trade.

This beer poured slightly hazy and was a bright gold color. The head was fluffy, thick and the consistency of whipped egg whites. A ton of lacing remained in the glass after the beer was consumed.

Aroma was of light fruit and grain. It was slightly sweet and definitely had a fresh aspect to it.

The taste was light, crisp, refreshing and had a slight bread flavor and also that of subtle fruits. Light berries and other fruit flavors. There was a creamy texture to the beer and this matched nicely with the hop ending.

Mouth feel was light, fresh , slightly creamy as noted above and the carbonation added to the refreshing nature.

Very drinkable. It really drank more like a Kolsch than and APA to me. But I enjoyed it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%
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 Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok comes in the usual 12 oz Alaskan stubbie brown bottle..nice kayaking scene on the label.
I our this into my mug and its like the carbonation goes beserk..virtual whirlwinds of carbonation appear within the dark golden beer..producing an excellent pure white head thats about a half inch thick..nice laceing later.
The aroma is deleicate..but i do dertect the floral hopping in this beer..and its sort of perfumy..some nice malts.
For such a low alcohol beer the taste is very "big"..nice sweetness in the front followed by a dark chocolate bitterness at the end..demerara sugar undertones..strong dark English breakfast tea..very nice
Very nice on the palate..not too dry.
A most drinkable Pale ale would make a fantatsic session beer due to its low alcohol and great taste.

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Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -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 blackie
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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 mhaugo
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass. The beer was given to me by my brother after his trip to Alaska.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color with a spongy, fizzy bleached white head foaming up. The head lingers as a thin surface layer throughout sampling.
The aroma is mostly grassy hops and not much else maybe some mild caramel too.
First sip reveals an average bodied beer with tingly carbonation that tickles my tongue on each sip.
Flavor is sweet caramel malt momentarily and then switches over to grassy hops that linger on the finish briefly.
The beer is smooth and drinkable and has a crisp hop finish that keeps things interesting. I bet this would be great at a BBQ or with spicy foods. I enjoy this one!

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Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very fresh tasting and easy drinking Pale ale that screams session beer.
Mid Gold with a decent head this beer has a crisp hop nose and a decent balanced finish.What I got from this beer after a few sips is this is not meant to challenge but rather sooth the savage thirst.

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Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange topped by a marshmallowy-thick off-cream head. Very nice. Light toffeeish biscuit, candyish fruit, all backed by spritzy, citrusy hops. Mellow, yeast-tinged cookie malt. Caramelly-sweet with a hint of fruit. Hops balance sweetness somewhat. Light citrus and sap; moderately bitter. Needs more hop presence. Yeasty-bitter finish. Soft, medium-bodied; a little creamy. Nice, easy-drinking PA, on the maltier side.

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Photo of JayQue
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first beer from Alaska that didn't impress. Bought a mixed 6 pack in Skagway that included the Amber Ale and Summer Ale that I had tried already and the IPA that I had on tap. The pack included the Oatmeal Stout, ESB and this beer.

The Alaskan Pale poured a clear, slightly reddish gold with a medium sized white head that fades to a covering of the glass. Leaves good lacing for this style of beer.

Smell and taste are kind of skunky macro lager with a bit more malt flavor than the typical macro. There is also a stale vegetable flavor

Mouthfeel is ok for this style...not like Coors Light or other watery beer. Drinkability suffers from the vegetable after taste. Not a real bad beer but not something I would look forward to again.

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Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of citrus with some sweet malts. Tastes of citrus and the same maltiness. This one was fine, but there was nothing that really stood out for me...

Notes from 10/28/06.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Todd
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
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 DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 200 ratings
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