Alaskan Pale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 199
Photo of Mark
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This medium gold color pale ale is a winner from this fine underrated brewery. Head lasts and decent lacing is left. Aroma is floral with some citrus tones. Taste profile is similar with the Alaskan drinkability factor to seal the deal.
Lightish refreshing mouthfeel, very refreshing overall and drinkability as above mentioned is tops. This just might be the beer that will dominate my drinking habits over the next month. Can't go wrong with this baby.

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Photo of joecast
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep gold color with a thin layer of white foam on top.
nice spicy hop aroma with a taste similair to sierra nevada, but lighter on the bitterness and perhaps a smoother finish.
overall, id have to say i like this a bit better than snpa mainly because of the differences in and level of hops. this doesnt have so much a sweetness to it that can get a bit distracting to the taste.

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

Pours a pale tea-like color that is very clear and sets beneath a massive 2-1/2 finger off-white head. The smell is light buttered fresh baked bread and just a hint of citrusy hops. The taste reveals much more hops than the impression of the aroma revealed and tapers into a light biscuity malt and somewhat watery in the middle, but does not end without getting more of the hops. It is not quite as complex as I like, but it is plenty drinkable especially with this low abv. It is light bodied and finishes just slightly dry. This is slightly one-dimensional and would make a nice brewpub quality beer. Cheers!

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Photo of RootedFool
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Pours lustrous gold with barely a quarter inch of sudsy head rising and falling fast -- no lacing.

The smell is a plume of honey drizzled lemon grass and wafts of fresh bread baking in an oven. Emphasis on the honey.

Taste kicks in with a gentle, earthy hop bitterness, and within seconds meets the honey laden sweetness so evident in the nose. The restrained bitterness holds throughout and never leaves the sweetness unchecked.

Aftertaste is a bready, refreshing bitterness, with those honey notes floating around.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Crisply carbonated.

This brew is working wonderfully with the early spring weather, but I don't think I could drink it on a regular basis -- the honey-like sweetness is too upfront for my tastes.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very fruity aroma, some floral honey. Bit of grapefruit, sugar, light malt. Nice hops malt balance. Dull golden yellow clear with fleeting white foamy head. Med body and medium carb make palatable. Light sweetness with strong hops flavor, medium bitterness. Some grapefruit, watery. Finish is crisp and dry, after is light bitter.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here is a Pale Ale that doesn't fit too well with its PNW cohorts, but has a distinctive character to bring to the table. Pours (what else?) a nice pale golden hue with copious columns of cabonation. Thin, one finger head dissipates rather quickly, and the small bit of lacing is nice.

The smell is immediately floral in nature, soon giving way to a honey-sweet maltiness before finishing piney. The taste here is not overly complex, but is very well balanced. Toasty malts dominate but there is a floral/citric hoppiness that lingers.

Mouthfeel, esp. in summer is great due to the crisp flavors and ample carbonation. Drinkability is superior due to low ABV/solid taste. A winner of a session brew, even if it doesn't quite fulfill my personal definition of an ideal Pale.

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

Appearance: clear, light golden hue, with a fine, white layer of foam.
Aroma: fresh, yeasty, fruity, citric, arousing and appetizing.
Taste: a tidy hop introduction starts it off, fading into the background with a quickness. Bright and tasty, brisk, crisp, but ultimately mild. Brief, delicate finish. Well-rounded flavor, light body.
An excellent session ale, goes down ultra-easy.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
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 drewbage
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle at the Falcon's Christmas in July Tasting

Sharp citrusy aroma with a grapefruit rind approach with some dry toasty malt notes.

Appearance is pale orange with a light white head that sticks fairly well to the glass.

The flavor and body are ruined by a disastrous amount of buttery diacetyl and a hint of corny malt and an acidic finish.

It's unfortunate, but I I'm cerrtain this was a well travelled bottle of what feels like it should be an otherwise fine beer.

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

Clear golden in color with a white head.
Biscuity, grainy malt aroma with a touch of hops and a hint of fruit. Smells kind of like a pilsner.

Alaskan Pale actually says golden ale on the bottle. Taste is much more like some golden ales than any pale ale I'm used to. I could confuse this beer for a lager. Toasty malt. Earthy and slightly pungent hops are there only to balance. They don't make a big statement, although the beer does exhibit a certain crisp, bitey character.

Mouthfeel just a tad off. A little thin.
Good drinkability. A very mellow beer.

Overall, this is a solid beer, but it didn't live up to my expectations. 3.7% ABV? Now that's a beer you could have a few of and still be pretty sober.

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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 Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 Jason
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date. This bottle came from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Happy looking bubbly lace, bit of haze from the yeast in the dull and pale golden hue.

Smell: Fresh kneaded biscuits with some citric rind and vague fruitiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: More smoothness than anything else on the moderate carbonation and slick body. Lots of raw biscuity malt flavours thanks to the yeast. As well as the malt is, the hops drop a mellow citric tone to the palate that lingers further than I expected. A little sweet in the end with a trace of aleish alcohol.

Notes: Not to shabby for a smaller beer, hmmm… the ideal lunch time beer if there was never one.

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A limpid deep golden amber color, the head is modest in size, frothy in texture, the lace left over a fine coating to conceal the glass. Sweet malt nose, lightly floral, citrus crisp and fresh, start is malt laden and lightly sweet with the top middling in feel. Finish has an astringent bite, the hops apropos to the style, dry lingering aftertaste, and quite a nice drinkable beer that would make a fine session beer for the hot summer days.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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 ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden in color...fizzy white head...Huge butterscotch notes in the aroma...mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side...creamy texture..butterscotch evident on the buds too but not quite as strong..a bit of tartness on the finish...a real unique pale ale...citrus hops are absent but the butterscotch is pleasant...not all will like this and it probably doesn't fit the style, but I like it none-the-less

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Photo of Bighuge
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed golden color. Medium sized frothy white head taht leaves an drooping pattern down the glass. There's a nice dry-hopped piney and floral aroma. The taste is crisp and refreshing. Citric lemon tones layered with pale and biscuit like malt tones. A bit of caramel malt thrown in to the equation. A slight lingering bitterness. Dry finish leaves you wanting one more sip. Decent brew.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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 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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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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