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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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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of umfskibum
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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 +4.5%
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 +6.4%
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 +7.8%
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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Photo of tcayiajr
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was definetely the mainstay beer I drank while living in Alaska. At $10 a 12 pack it's hard to complain about this quality micro-brew. It pours a light golden color and goes down real smooth. Particularly enjoyable after a hard days worth of work.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, and sweet malts.

T - The taste is sweet and a little bit watery, but very tasty.

M - Light-Medium body, well carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice little brew from Alaskan, not sure if I will buy again though, since there are alot of nicer Pale Ales around.

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Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +12%
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 deeplennon
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my mind one this is one of the better APA's on the market today and I'll enjoy one as I write.

Taste is slightly honey sweet like many Alaskan's tend to be. Taking this into account, this is still one of the most balanced beers I've ever had. The weekest part of the brew is probably it's nose, maybe mine's stuffed up today but I'm not getting alot out of it, at least at a chilly serving temp. Warmed up a little and it would probably be a different story. Appearance is also a little gold for a pale, though indeed, the title 'golden ale' appears on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth as silk as the mild bitterness of the hops, enhanced by a moderate carbonation level, fall over the sides of the tongue as the beer rolls back. The sweet hop and malt fruityness of the beer dominates the gentle aftertaste. Burps that come up this flavor are especially pleasing. Overall a taste and sensation that when I look forward to having one simply makes me think, mmm beer. It's probably my favorite easy drinker of the Alaskan line, which is full of easy drinkers.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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 ggaughan
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in an order I made about 2 years ago for some Smoked Porter and NB Fat Tire from Liquid Solutions. I finally got a chance to try this one. Poured it into my trusty Duvel tulip. The beer poured a hazy golden color with a little white head and good lacing. The nose was a citrus, hoppy aroma, very crisp. The taste is a nice balance of hops and some toasted malts. Nice refreshing Alaskan beer.

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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 woemad
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 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 juzy
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of the bottle and into the pint glass shows a clear yellow color with a creamy head of about a half inch. As it disappated it left behind a nice lace.

The aroma is filled with hay or grass or what you might think the color green would smell like.

A clean, hoppiness up front with citrus overtones, followed by just a smidge of sweet, malt goodness to balance out the dry finish.

I find this to be a great beer to follow up an hour of lawn mowing in the summer heat here in Alaska. Of course I'll have to wait for then experience again, as it's currently only in the single digits with snow looming in the forecast.

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Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a medium apple juice color with a slight amber hue, frothy off white head that soon dissipated, and some carb action.

Has a grainy and caramel malt smell with some pine and citrus hops.

Lightly sweet/acidic/bitter, bland grain, and some caramel malt taste with a grapefruit/orange hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carb, and a slight metallic finish.

If you want a low alcohol beer that is better than any macro product this is ideal. Definitely a session beer, the bottle is empty, with a slight grapefruit/grain/metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

was thinking this was a kolsh when i tried it. it's a nice golden ale. It's almost the exact same as the summer ale with just a touch more bitterness. the summer is actually better though. It's an all right session beer but it gets pretty boring after even just one. It's not bad though and not a typical west coast pale. Like i said i would call this a kolsh.

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

A goose laid this golden pale. At least based on the color, which is 14 karat. The head is one inch of thick, foamy white. I’m tempted to float my bottle cap on it but further analysis adds some questions to the engineering analysis and I think better of it. The head slowly disappears into the golden liquid leaving just a bit of lace.

The smell is yeast bread, slightly sweet and fruity, mostly orange with some spice. Very nice and I expect some maltiness in the taste based on the smell.

This one isn’t overly carbonated but you can’t miss it. It feels slightly dry and bitter in your mouth and has definite pale ale characteristics. The malt and citrus flavors are there, too. It is a good, refreshing beer, not top of the pale ale heap but a worthy member and worth looking for.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/18/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into my Trout Slayer pint glass.

Appearance- Dark golden pour with a full inch head and very nice lacing.

Smell- Very bready with some heavy malt and a tiny bit of citrus.

Taste- Malt carries this brew with a bready taste. Mild hops in the back or the citrus variety.

Mouthfeel- A bit overly carbonated.

Drinkability- A run of the mill pale ale. Nothing fantstic about it, nothing bad about it.

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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 Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: crystal clear orange in color with yellow highlights. The head was 1" big. Nice carbonation levels.

Smell: the aroma is of grapefruit and floral tones.

Taste: the flavor is of malt, grapefruit, and mild bitterness - a simple and basic pale ale.

Mouthfeel: smooth and mildly crisp at the start. The bitterness lasts shortly into the finish.

Drinkability: not a bad brew but not overly exciting either.

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Photo of mschofield
3/5  rDev -16%
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 NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan's golden pale ale delivers a beautiful, creamy white head; and a doughy, malty nose that's peppered with delicate citrus rind, lively fruit, and soft, breezy floral notes. It's smooth and lightly dextrinous across the palate, with a very fine-bubbled and somewhat restrained carbonation. Biscuity and bready malt appears first in the flavor, quickly followed by an infusion of delicate citrus notes that are mildly fruit-juicy and rind-like. Its bitterness is well-heeled, and seems only intended to balance its sweetness, leaving it to simply fade from the palate without much ado. Some sweet-biscuit malt does linger, however, beseeching you to take another sip! Wow! This is one really drinkable beer that would be perfect in almost any situation. Very nice!

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Photo of bditty187
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly fogged amber containing infrequent, superfine bubbles that make their way up to a lightly lemonish ivory cap that is semi-creamy and is just sticky enough to deposit random scraps of lace. This is a good looking pale ale.

The nose is cleanly and brightly hoppy. Citrus is evident, as are golden fruity and lightly spicy notes. No surprise, I guess, since the hop bill consists of Tettnang, Willamette and Chinook. I prefer a grapefruit peel spritzer up the nose, but this one is pretty good.

Unfortunately, Alaskan Pale doesn't quite measure up on the palate. When beer first enters mouth, all is well... but it's doesn't last. Within seconds, the body deflates and the flavor is washed away with it. Echoes of sweet, citric hoppiness remain on the spotlessly clean finish.

Alaskan Pale isn't bad, but it's more of a training wheels APA than a solid version of the style. The bottom line is that it needs more malt and more hops in order to be considered something other than a slightly above average session beer.

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Alaskan Pale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 200 ratings
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