Alaskan Pale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

200 Ratings
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 TrojanWheels
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with a thick cap of white head. Nice retention and lacing is excellent.

Nose is grainy with a touch of nutty yeast. Hops are light and the beer has a little bit of a zesty aspect I usually find in a koelsch.

As a beer overall it is merely decent, but for a blonde ale it is quite tasty. Hops provide a nice little (and much needed) spectrum of flavoring to bittering. Body is very light and the malt is mainly just grainy with a touch of honeyed biscuit. I really like Alaskan's house yeast, has a subtle nuttiness and is very soft. Pretty decent beer, I dont think one sixer would be enough for a backyard bbq, might want to grab two...that way you can share a couple!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, one finger head without much carbonation, tries to leave some lacing behind but just can't seem to do it.

S-Some wheat/bread tones, mild hops, not much else.

T-More of the wheat/bread from the nose. A little bit of spices, earthy and floral. Bitterness isn't really there.

M-Light and lacking in carbonation.

O-Kind of a bland, run of the mill beer. Yeah, you could easily down a few of these on a hot day but flavor wise; nothing to knock your socks off.

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Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Immediately this beer is set apart by its astonishingly clear gold body. The head is white and fizzy, and after a bit there is only a scrappy layer on top. But this looks quite appealing.

The aroma is light but displays very mild floral hop notes and a subtle dose of maltiness that doesn't smell like anything cheap, but instead fine pale malts. A swirl brings up just the slightest touch of yeast.

The flavor of this beer is a showcase of tasty pale malts. All the right cracker, biscuit, and crusty toasted bread notes are there. The hops are nice and provide great balance and support without detracting from the drinkability of this malty blonde ale.

The mouthfeel is light with higher carbonation.

Conclusion: This is exactly the kind of beer that turned me on to beer way back in the first place. I couldn't get enough of that malty taste when real pale malts were used instead of adjuncts. Lately I have ventured into more and more obscure flavors and styles and it is nice to come back to my originally loved flavors! This is a great American blonde ale.

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Photo of RyanBeer13
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -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 gkunkle
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates into a patchy foam on top of my beer. Smell is of earthy hops, didn't really knock my socks off. Taste is a fresh clean hoppiness with some light easy-going malts. Mouthfeel is on par for an APA. Overall, this is an okay beer, but there are a lot of pale ales out there and this one doesn't make into my favorites.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially had a nice fluffy white head, but this quickly faded leaving a thin film on the top. Some very nice lace down the sides. Good presentation. Smell was out of this world! May have been the freshest smelling brew I have ever head. Smell was gooey fresh cut hops, like you broke it off the vine. Very strong as well. Fantastic, I could use this as an air freshner. Depp piney and citrus, pineapple like tones, with just the right amount of sweetnss, mixed in with a fresh cut grass smell, wonderful. The taste was very nice as well. Very nice, light and hoppy. Hints of vanilla and oak permiatted through and blended well with the terrapins naturally great rye pale flavor. A little thin on the mouth, I thought it would have come out slightly more robust then it did, but it afforded a wonderful long lasting dry finish.

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and good sticky lacing.

S - It smelled a little grassy with some caramel sweetness. Not much else.

T - Taste is a nice burnt toast maltiness with some toffee. It had a grassy sharp hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a very clean, dry finish.

O - This is a very nice pale ale. It would be great dining al fresco at an Alaskan restaurant.

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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 u2carew
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a big, white head. Settles slowly to a nice creamy lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Bronze in color. Clear body. Mellow upward carbonation.
S) Kicks off a pleasant malty aroma with subtle fruit and floral notes.
T) A well balanced pale ale. More malts than hops - caramel and nutty tones. A mild fruity hint in the finish - citrus with some red apple.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Lighter side of medium. Dry in the finish.
D) A decent pale ale. I'd have another. True to form.

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Photo of SamN
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Could be mistaken for an adjunct. Light hues of honey and hay, quite pale and clear. Head, too, reminds me of an adjunct. Thinner and not what I like in my pale ales. Smell is of some light tropical fruits, some honey malts and a clean grassy/hoppy finish. Faint aromas. Flavor starts off with grainy malts tastes and has a flat hops taste. Cheap, tinny aftertaste. Not so great tasting. Balanced, but neither flavors are that great to begin with, so who cares if its balanced? Mouthfeel is pretty good, light-medium bodied with subtle bed of carbonation.

No juicy hops, and no slightly sweet pale malts. Just grainy low-quality malts and cheap, flat, metallic hops. Tastes too much like a Bud Light, but with slightly stronger flavor. Weak beer.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to the pint glass

Appearance: Straw gold pale with ample white head.

Aroma: Bready sweetness with some honey

Flavor: Biscuity and bready. THe middle is malty mixed with citrus tones, which then leads to a mildy bitter and acidic finish. Doesn't have any strong hop backbone like other APAs, but does restrain from fruity or overly sweet malts that might confuse it for a stronger IPA

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a slightly dark yellowish golden color with a white head. Retains some and doesn't lace much. Smell is slightly peppery with some citrus. Taste has a spice to it with the grains. Feels good with ample carbonation and a nice crispness. Overall an average pale ale.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear goldenrod to orange, with a solid finger of white head, above average retention and lace.

S: Husky grain notes, grapefruit, mandarin orange/orange creamsicle.

T: Relatively innocuous bready pils style malt is there. Hop flavour consists of orange, other light citrus (grapefruit and lemon), light bitterness.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, very clean, flavours are direct.

D: Nice little pale ale, really not too bitter at all, so it could make a good starter craft, well priced for what it is, under $9/6er.

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