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Alaskan Pale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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121 Reviews
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
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
199
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
15.36%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 199
Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 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 JayQue
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
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 yemenmocha
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden hue with a slight haze. Almost a pale lager appearance for this golden ale.

Medium head foams up well but retention is a little limited. Aroma of dry straw on a farm, citrusy fruity notes, and toasted sugar.

Sugary sweet taste with hops. Hard to discern a malty taste at all. THat dry, sugar sticky sweet and pine needly hops dominate.

Finish is inoffenisve and somewhat iniviting. This ale is fairly drinkable and very compatible with numerous foods. Worth a try, but not a regular beer.

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Photo of harrymel
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 24JAN13

Pours light golden with a solid soapy white foam sheet. Smells of grass, lime, citrus some light grain. Simple nose. Taste is grainy, light malt, some golden raisins and juice with some hints of metal. A really simple, refreshing character. Light bodied with prickly, present carb and a dry finish. Nice beer, but more of a pilsner for the most part.

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

12 oz brown bottle. The bartender poured it, so I couldn't check for a freshness date.

Golden pear color, seemed to be lighter than most pale ales. Nice white head and decent lacing. The smell was very fresh. Notes of hops, citrus and some green grass.

Beer tasted fine. Hope presence was less than I expected for this style. Almost seemed like a well hoped lager instead of a pale ale. Still, it was refreshing and very crisp. Drinalbility was high. Mouthfeel was thin for style.

Not a bad beer, just a little underpowered to be a great pale ale.

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

Pours a bright, clear gold color with a decent white head.

Smells like hard candies, crystal malt, and lemon citrus.

Taste is clean, doughy, with light spiciness. Crystal slightly sweet malts flavors dominant, and the finish is crisp, dry, with a lemon citrus hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, and nicely carbonation.

Overall, a decent pale, not offensive, drinkable, but uninteresting.

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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 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 jsprain1
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Appearance is a clear golden with rather weak head retention.
S- Fresh bread, some grain, a bit of faint citrus zest. Rather underpowering.
T- An opening reminiscent of biscuits and honey, with a grainy finish. I was left wondering where the hop presence was. I don't need a hop bomb, but the hops just didn't seem to check in anywhere.
M- Light body, and a bit undercarbed.
D- I found this beer to be pretty decent when I had it on tap. Out of the bottle, it lost its zest. Still drinkable and enjoyable, but the bottled version is underwhelming for me.

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Photo of bditty187
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, pale gold in hue with a very mellow coppery highlight; the color is very typical for the style. No new ground was broken here. The head was white in color, sticky, about one finger in height. Head retention was fair, it quickly faded to a soapy cap that was close to being naked in the middle. However this tight little cap lasted the entire consumption. There was also a good amount of subsequent lacing, webby. Overall, the first impression of this beer is humdrum. Boring because it is so typical. In this case “typical” is well done. I won’t judge this beer by its cover. The nose offers some shallow hoppiness, pineapple notes are akin to something found in a cookie or cake. Bready notes from the malt are equally sweet but dull and uneventful. There are yeasty aromas with weak fruity notes that can’t be pinpointed. The potency is low. What a disappointing nose, it says nothing. Not inviting, it’s apathetic. Yawn. The palate is slightly more exciting than the nose. Slightly. Overall bitterness is weak. Hops offer hardly any flavor either, boring citric notes. Lemon. Sweetness is pliable and candy-like. Basically there is no malt backbone. I guess there is no need for one because there are no hops either. Yeasty. Fruity notes are nondescript. What a lackluster beer I have here, I don’t see any point in drink this. It is not off, just dull. There is almost no flavor! Medium-light in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is average. This beer is very easy to drink. I bet this beer could be consumed in mass. Note though, the abv is 4.65%. However, I see no point in drinking this beer. It is too mellow, too soft, and not bitter enough. Forgettable. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle on-line from Liquid Solutions.

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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 woemad
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. I believe it's the first time I've seen it.

Pours a clear orangey gold color, with a big, white head that dropped after a couple of minutes. It left a beer neglige style lace imprint on the insides of my glass.

The smell is of mild grassy, slightly citrusy hops and mildly sweet malts. Smells like a decent but unexciting pale ale.

The impression of bland competence from the nose carries over to the taste. The hops are the dominant partner, but just barely. It would make a decent lawnmower beer, in my opinion, once the hot weather shows up - and it can feel free to show up any time.

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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 DogFood11
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice eggshell colored head, excellent retention as it clings to the sides of my glass throughout. Amberish color, average carbonation. Time to dig in.

Malts are on the biscuity, bready side of the house, faintly sweet towards the finish. Hop profile is really laid back but evident enough to sort things out. Sweetness lingers a bit on the palate and there is no real strong cleanser or zapp at all...just very mellow and yet still packs enough taste in the malts to keep it interesting.

Probably the tastiest low alcohol brew I've had a chance to consume. At 3.7%, it remarkably tasted fresh after a long journey which is kudos to the distribution, Recomended for daytime BBQ type consumption.

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Photo of Spikester
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours light clear amber with a one finger rapidly fading white head. Some scattered lacing. Aroma is very minor caramel and floral hops. Taste is sweet caramel malts with a balanced amount of earthy and citrus hops. Very clean and smooth on the palate it is definately a modest flavor profile for an APA, in fact I would say it is much closer to an Extra Pale Ale. The sessionabilty is outstanding though and I think you could cruise through a sixer in one evening. Well recommended when lighter is desirable. Would also be a great beer for newbies to try craft beer.

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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.
Cheers!

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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 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 ClavisAurea
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from the tap.

Appearance: light golden brown, almost wheat-like appearance

Smell: flowers and hops, fresh plants

Taste/Mouthfeel: flowers and hops, malty sweet finish

I have a love/hate relationship with pale ales. This one struck me as one of the best on the market and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of mschofield
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium gold, topped with a two finger foamy off-white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Fruity aroma, toast, candy and floral notes as well.
Fruity taste, apricot, mild floral bitterness, toast, light toffee.
Light to medium bodied, drinkable but would get boring after awhile.

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