Alaskan Pale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
82
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200 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:
200
Reviews:
121
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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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 ├╝ber beer geek do a double take, but certainly a session ale of greatness.

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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 brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a nice head that leaves some splashy lace

Smell: Biscuity and grainy, with a hint of lemon

Taste: After the biscuity opening, the grainy/lemony flavors take over and dominate by mid-palate and after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but I really don't care for the flavor profile

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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 womencantsail
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly chill hazed golden color with a thin layer of white foam that sticks around and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: There isn't much of a nose on this beer. Some citrus and grassy hops and perhaps a bit of malt.

T: A pleasant citrus hop flavor without any real bitterness. The malt is present, but not overly sweet. There is a slight earthiness to the finish.

M: The body is medium but perhaps a bit on the thin side. The carbonation level is moderate. It has a nice crispness to it, especially when cold.

D: Nothing particularly outstanding about this beer, but it's a good session pale ale. Low alcohol content and a crisp finish would be nice on a warm day.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very clear, light golden yellow with a three-finger white head. Pretty good.

Smell: a slight amount of citrusy malt aroma with some nice earthy hops on top of it. Well-balanced.

Taste: slightly grainy, citrusy malt flavor with a little bit of those earthy hops. Hops aren't quite as prominent in the flavor as in the nose, though the brew is nicely bitter. It's kind of sharp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with relatively low carbonation. Not bad, but really nothing to write home about.

Drinkability: this is actually a pretty solidly refreshing brew. I can dig it.

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Photo of illidurit
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
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 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 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 webbcreative
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured light yellow color, much lighter expected from a pale ale, and clear as a bell, with white 3 finger head. A= not much to smell, very faint citrus hops is about all I can pull out of it. T= weak malt profile, and lightly hopped, no real hop bitterness, but defiantly some hop flavor. M= thin and watery, no body

Overall, this is a dissapointing APA, needs more everything, I would classify this as a Light American Pale Ale. Its drinkable, just not something I would get again.

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Photo of jkdrummer
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice thick white head that dies down to a good layer of lace. Aroma is a little yeasty and some citrus, nothing to write home about. Good steady carb. Taste is very dull and blah. Has a hint of skunkiness and some sweetness but again, nothing spectacular. The taste reminds me of a Henry Weinhards ale, very dry finish and blah.

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

Aroma: Mild yet complex aroma of mild citrus, flowery and malt notes.

Appearance: Pours clear, golden yellow with a tall white head, highly carbonated

Flavor: Balanced towards the malts, some hops flavor. The bitterness is on the low end.

Mouth feel: It has a medium-light body

Overall Impression: Easy drinking almost boring it is subtle in flavor and aroma. There is nothing that stands out with this beer (neither good nor bad). It seems to align with the style guidelines and the style guideline for a Blonde Ale describes a (boring) beer, I would not drink. I prefer beers with bigger flavor and more character.

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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 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 peck95
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a) nice straw color with really good lacing and a decent head
b) some decent floral hops not much else
c) the taste is fairly bland, a small amount of hops and some malt
d) fairly thin and also very over carbonated
e) this beer is ok, would never buy it again but very drinkable

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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 ghebel
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly turbid, yellow-gold colored body with a 1/2 to 3/4 inch off-white head. Head is short lived, but does leave some lacing on the glass.

S - Caramel malt and citrus, piney hops.

T - Well balanced malt and hops. Moderate bitterness. Tastes good.

M - Thin to moderate body.

D - Drinkable beer. I like the balance and it is not too strong or heavy.

Overall - A nicely balanced pale ale that is not too heavy. A good beer when you are in the mood for balance and not a hop blast or heavy malt.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 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 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 Reagan1984
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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 keeperchaos
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

**IM rating Alaskan Pale Golden Ale**

It is not here, nor can I add it yet (20+) (I know, I know, get to drinking)((I have been but rating is a different story))

Thnx!

I always rate drinkability a little higher than what the other numbers may insist.

The aftertaste and smell was sour hop.
Lingering sweaty sour notes. Taste soft, okay, but not impressed, probably wouldnt buy it again, but would have one if thats what they offered. So ok, but nothing special.p.

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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 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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Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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