Alaskan Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
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Ranked #41,225
3.63 | pDev: 9.37%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Notes: The hop-dominant flavor and aroma might make you think this is a “bigger” beer, but the drinkable, thirst-quenching attributes of Kicker are enhanced by a lower alcohol content. A light caramel or toffee malt background and light to medium body mouth feel make this session ale a satisfying brew. The aroma delivers a bright hop aroma of citrus, such as grapefruit and tangerine, with a light malt backbone. The hop flavors can be truly fruity, with tangerine and strawberry notes coming from Citra and Amarillo, and a grapefruit and pine taste from Simcoe and Mosaic hops.

45 IBU
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 84 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: brilliant amber gold under a lacy 2" white cap with good retention

S: citrus, light spice, faint malt, fruit and a hint of sulfur

T: crisp and dry with mild fruit flavors, citrus, orange and plum with a trace of bread crumb

F: medium low body and medium plus carbnation

O: a crisp, refreshing, full flavored sessionable beer

Jun 18, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, piney hops, sweet malt, and an earthiness. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, piney hops, sweet malt, pale malt, and an earthiness. Overall, good appearance, light body, low bitterness, and basically a Pale Ale.

Jan 09, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess this is their session ipa? Pours a golden color with astute clarity. 2/3" white head. Aroma had some proprietary hops in it in a small way discernable. Simcoe and citra maybe? Or Amarillo? Can't tell for sure, but it wafts in those directions.

Taste, hey a good light body, mild golden promise and/or toasted pale malt barely there body with middle of the road bitterness and a light citrus flavor component from the hops. I think it settles into a good, second tier kind of setting for session ipas. I like its relative low cost and easy availability. Its a beer for crushing, not Chicago pouring. The mouth feel is good, while some may say thin or watery, that's the joke gif all over this, its a fucking 4.5% session ipa you clowns, that is like bitching that an ipa is too hoppy or not balanced.

Sep 08, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange gold beer with a fluffy, slightly off white head that left big bands of lacing. Floral, fruity and sweet aromas rise from the glass. This smells really good for a session beer. The taste is all session beer with light sweetness and decent bitterness. There is a lingering, mild sweetness though that is a bit grainy/malty. Overall a pretty decent session IPA.

Sep 08, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with minimal head. Taste is apricot and light orange. Slightly bitter, juicy, with light body and moderate carbonation. Makes for a New England style sessionable ipa. Could drink this all day.

Aug 02, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Vintage Estate about a month ago. Pint glass poured.

Surprisingly dark for a session IPA more orange brown deep hue with a 1/4 inch of head that fades to a nice ring. Good hop bitterness in the nose almost full bodied IPA aroma's of bitter pine and citrus. Taste is more bland really with a shine of some hop bitterness but approachable hop taste. Body is milder than nose implies very watery and light.

Overall to me another forgettable session IPA. Next onto the regular IPA

Apr 25, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pretty solid little session ipa from these guys, real easy drinking but like all of the alaskan hop forward beers, it has quite a bit of substance to it, and seems to me to be a more meaty and hearty type of session beer. golden to brass in color with an airy inch of white head from the tap. citrus hops on the nose right away, mostly grapefruit and orange to me, fresh and juicy without a ton of bitterness, and some definite grain balance. the malts in nose and in the taste are pretty simple, not sweet so much, but a little baked and biscuity quality to it, perhaps a dab of honey to it or something too. the hops are very fresh, bitey and vegetal, dosed big for a session type, and not all in the dry hop either, this is a bit more old school in that way it seems. carbonation isnt quite at excited levels, but it ends up being an easy down and fairly refreshing beer too, despite being on the fuller and more robust end of the session spectrum. i have enjoyed the hoppy stuff from alaskan more and more lately.

Mar 23, 2017
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Impetuous from Montana

3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good head leaves prodigious lacing over orange copper body.

Flavor is surprisingly full. If the label didn't tell it, ida thunk this had higher abv. Malt biscuits and light citrus flavors. Fluffy textures overall.

Jan 13, 2017
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FreshYeti from Washington

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Initial pour was promising - a slightly cloudy golden with the slightest hint of ruby, perfect for the style. After a couple minutes, the head completely disappeared and the cloudiness that I had attributed to loose filtering cleared as well. Was a little disappointed by that.

Nose was nice - more tropical sweetness than grapefruit/pine, which I think suits hoppy beers nicely. Orange zest, strawberry pineapple, kiwi.

Taste is good. There's an inherent challenge with this style - you have to hold back on the malt to keep it sessionable. My first thought was that it lacked a malt backbone, but then I remembered that I can't judge this beer against a Pale Ale or IPA. There is a very slight aftertaste (AKA burp taste) that is medicinal. I'm reminded of the Sweet As Pacific Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: seemed a bit over-carbonated and watery to me.

Overall: Happy with the flavor profile, just seems like they went a little too watery in the question for sessionability. It's a tough balance. Would drink again.

Dec 27, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried a bottle of this at my bro-in-laws. It poured a clear golden with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had hints of citrus and pine. The taste was nicely balanced and very easy to drink. There was pine and citrus peel present. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Dec 10, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a growler via Country Fresh Market in a Beechmont.
This nice session pours a nice clear light golden amber with a
modest head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer,
and features some nice light lacing. Nose of subtle lemon zest,
light sweet honey malts, and zesty hops. Flavors follow the nose with
a zesty peppery hop note touched with light honey malts, lemon zest,
a touch of piney hop notes, and a lingering bitterness. Nice mouth feel,
crisp, medium high carbonation, and a long lasting bitter aftertaste from the
hops. Overall a decent session IPA.


Oct 15, 2016
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice tasting smooth IPA. It's on the lighter side but it still has plenty of flavor, a better flavor than a lot of IPA's. The only downside is the light ABV%.

Oct 06, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden copper color, with some honey like hues. Fluffy head of 2 fingers, settles at 1, leaves lace abundantly.

Hay and stale malt make up the aroma, with some sharp spiciness of hop, warm bread, and lemon peels.

Tons of spiciness and citrus peel at the front, then explodes into water on the back half. I suppose this is the "sessionability" of the beer? Club soda. Some bread and cracker crumbs on the back end as well. Pine water remains on the palate.

Feel is light and crispy, with a distinct undercurrent of creaminess propping it up a touch as to keep it totally tanking into water territory.

Overall, this wasn't really anything enjoyable, makes for a good check-off-the-list. And, ultimately...5 minutes later, it was a drain pour.

Sep 06, 2016
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jeffjeff1 from California

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this at Total Wine in Roseville, CA.

A- clear copper color, thin to medium head, looks nice
S- citrus hops
T- citrus hops
M- medium bodied
D- I thought it was pretty good. It was a good session IPA. I could definitely drink a bunch of them. Not the best one I have had but definitely not the worst.

Aug 29, 2016
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Justkeepbrewing from Nevada

2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours an orange gold with a white head. Flattens quickly. Not unfiltered looking but not totally clear. Smell is mostly tropical hops leaning on grapefruit and apple. Taste is not bad but not good either. The palet doesn't delight. Starts hop fruity and crashes into stale cracker. Mouth feel starts with a prickly carbonation, flattens and becomes a little soapy. I can forget this one.

Aug 25, 2016
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a little under impressed here. Really not much flavor at all, even for a session beer. The hops are really quite subdued. Are the flavor bad, no they are not it is just quite aqueous. Decent looking enough. Nice color and white white head
I've been a little hard so far and there are a couple of decent features. The aroma has an enjoyable hop presence. There is a mildly toasty character to the taste and the carbonation is prickly. The fully amped carbonation does prevent what would otherwise be an easy slammer.

Aug 07, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Smells like a typical session IPA, some light grapefruit, light pine notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes much the same, easy drinking.

Jul 06, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/16/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Awesome appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-medium pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, lemon/orange zest, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and fairly creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good session IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. This had a really nice sized malt body for the ABV, vs other session IPAs I have had in the past. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 24, 2016
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imstimpy from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from the bottle at Jewell Gardens, Skagway alongside an amazing organic salad and veggie quiche.

It was described as a session IPA but tasted more like a lager. There was little flavor, the slightest scent of hop, but not worth drinking.

Jun 11, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 7/8/16.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, floral, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Apr 24, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I got a bottle of Alaskan Brewing's Kicker last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. A session IPA sounds good today, so lets see how this one goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design and it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear orange amber color that doesn't change when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with the a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of green hops and slightly soapy hops with the citrus and tropical fruit aromas seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by a slight bit of doughy yeast that goes into the malts which impart a grainy, pale malt and cracker malt like aroma. This is beer has a nice aroma, but I could go without the soapy hop aspect.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up, this time no single aspect sticks out the most ans they imparts the same aspects that they did in the aroma, buy they are a good amount lighter, especially on the fruity aspects. Up next comes a slightly bit of that doughy yeast that's followed by the malts which imparts the same aspects, but they show up a little more with more of those crackery malt flavors coming through. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a little bit of fruity hop flavor and a good amount of grainy and cracker malts showing up in the aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, but I wish the hops showed up more, the malts seemed to show up more when it came to the taste.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, dry on the finish, light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and it was pretty close to be an average example of the style, it was pretty much too balanced and I wanted more of those hop flavors to come through, but the malts did impart some nice flavors. This beer had ok drinkability, one would be my limit, I would start to get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a pretty nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste, it was just too balanced for the style. I don't think I would buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I this beer was just decent and with somr work on the hop profile I think it could be better. It's not a favorite Alaskan beer and it's right around average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little bit of work.

Apr 21, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Double Tap. Clear but deep golden with small, tight airy head. Aroma almost non-existent, taste crisp, sharp hoppiness. I would have guessed pilsener. Malt dominates with hop snap at the back.

Apr 15, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and floral hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus and pine. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon, and tangerine along with some subtle berry. Some earthy hints of pine along with some floral hints. Light malt hints of caramel and cracker along with yeast. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon zest, and tangerine with some strawberry notes. Earthy and floral hops with some pine. Light background malt notes of caramel and cracker with some yeast. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and crisp with a drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a West Coast style Session IPA. Nice citrus flavor with a light body.

Mar 09, 2016
Kicker from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 84 ratings