Alaskan Summer Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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82
good
802 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Alaskan Summer AleAlaskan Summer Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alaskan Summer Ale balances a softly malted palate with the clean freshness of hops. In the tradition of the style, neither overpowers the other. Both hops and malt come together to refresh and renew the palate. The straw-gold color and easy drinkability are an enjoyable way to celebrate summer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
802
Reviews:
304
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
118
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 802 |  Reviews: 304
Photo of julesjad
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davidward
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A refreshingly light Ale. Nothing special.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this off the Meijer single shelf. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of biscuit. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was decent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure how i havent reviewed this one before. its a classic obviously, and a cool take on the style thats a little bit different from a lot of them. it is definitely fuller bodied and hoppier than most kolsch styles, and i think the slightly heavier beer is cool in an alaska context, but also more my speed than the sometimes watery and one dimensional imports and american copycats. comes out a little short of clear from the tap, straw colored, with a short white head on it. the malt is the first thing that jumps out at me, its european and traditional tasting, there just seems to be a bit more of it than is common in the style, its grainier than most kolsch, and i like it because that doesnt also mean its sweeter, not here, this is quite snappy in the finish. the hops are grassy and sort of simple tasting, but they add more than balancing bitterness, with an almost green tea quality, and they go great with the grain. not summer ale because its light and you can drink 15 of them (although thats kind of true), but summer ale because its harvest-esque, fresh, and a neat expression of the season. alaskan seasonal beers are all excellent, theres not a dud in the lot.

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Photo of Gmayfield
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a crisp pale yellow color with a sly transparency about it. Moderate carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a finger's worth of white foamy head trying to sustain itself but does end up moderately falling off. Not much lace, somewhat stringy and sliding.
The aroma had a whiff of grassy to earthy hops up front mildly blending with a keen crisp sweet biscuit/German bready/yeastiness.
The flavor was mainly sweet presenting this German bready/yeastiness to the hops to create a slick sweet aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a nice fairly low carbonation running about it. ABV felt fine. Fairly smooth along my tongue.
Overall, pretty nice Kolsch by Alaskan. Nice to see a favorable German styled one brewed by an American brewer. Would be nice with some grilled swordfish!

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Photo of BellinghamBiker
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dannycohen62
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LloydDobler
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Botulizard
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Determined419
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anakincane
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akolb
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluHatter
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brittian
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wejohnsn
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 802 ratings.
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