Alaskan Summer Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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82
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802 Ratings
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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 Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lacing dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grains, citrus, and some fruity notes. Taste is exactly the same with the sweet grain taste being the most prominent and the fruit flavors coming through on the finish. This beer has a lower carbonation level but is still bubbly and smooth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and I can see why this would be a Summer selection. Very easy to drink with a lower ABV but nothing all that special.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a souvenir of a cross-border jaunt to see the Independence Day fireworks of Oroville, Washington, a few weeks ago.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice random chunky tree branch lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready, grainy malt, some muddled pome fruit, a bit of yeasty banana, ethereal peppery spice, and mild grassy, leafy, and herbal hops. The taste is slightly doughy pale and caramel malt, some soft lemon, orange, and indistinct stone fruit, fading estery yeast, and more floral, grassy, and kind of soapy hop bitters.

The carbonation is a bit fizzy, a bit frothy, but overall on the low side, strength-wise, the body medium-light in weight, airy, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry - grainy, and somewhat grassy and floral in its lingering bitterness.

A nice and refreshing Kölsch, crisp enough and certainly malty - good for even the Canadian pseudo-summertime, which I'm sure is a concept that the folks up in Alaska where this is made have a good grip on. Worthy of giving a go, especially with this one's ease of availability, at least north and south of our borders.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with a fruit tart.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Fresh floral hops, orange rind, clean malts, and lemon peel. An average strength aroma.

T: Orange rind, clean malts, floral hops, some lemon, and wheat-esque grain. A pleasant crisp taste, but it lacks complexity and subtlety. Nicely balanced. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too light and thin, weakening the impact of the bright flavours. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from Alaskan's best beer. I like it more out of the bottle than on-draught. There are better Kolschen available.

C+

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Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange gold color, already a little odd for a Kölsch. Thin cap of white foam, about a fingers width, that settles quickly. Still glassy surface with minimal lace and a thin strand of foam at its edges.

Sweet aroma, slight bubblegum and shortbread.

Flavors are similarly sweet, some orange and sugar cookie notes, pale malt and light banana ester from the yeast. A bit watery and thin bodied, and lightly astringent. Not really something i'd revisit with better local options available (Krankshaft, Summertime).

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head and little lacing

Smell: Grainy aroma with a bit of biscuit

Taste: Starts out with a bready flavor that becomes very fruity, mid-palate; after the swallow the fruitiness lingers and provides a slightly sweet flavor on top of the grainy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice fruity tones make this a terrific example of the style

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-yellow color with a small, white, fluffy head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel malt. There were some floral notes, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, slightly bready. There was a mild grassy bitterness.

M - A crisp, sharp and smooth Kolsch-style ale. It was light bodied and easy drinking.

D - This is a nice summer brew. It is tasty and makes a good session brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an orangey color beer with an average size head with some medium retention. Aroma of grainy and somewhat unrefined grain is slightly bland. Taste is also dominated by some unrefined and grainy malt and some semi-sweetness. Body is slightly oily with a full body and some medium carbonation. Interesting take on the style but not something I would go for on a regular basis.

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Photo of largadeer
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with ample white head. A touch of citrus comes through in the subdued nose. Malty and toasty with subtle hops in the background. Clean but not particularly complex. Fairly light-bodied stuff, but creamier than I was expecting. Nothing too special here, but definitely a solid, sessionable beer.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/11/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavors, with noticeable but very well restrained yeast ester notes. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a damn nice Kolsch style. All around great robustness and balance and pale malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester notes; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of white head. Color is a clear gold.

Aroma: Clean and grassy. Bready malts. Some light citrus. Maybe a hint of biscuit flavors.

Taste: Mimics the nose, but more bready and a little more hoppy/zesty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, a very easy drinking beer. Not to much here, but that's what makes this style awesome. Great for a summer day. It would be easy to kick a few of these back.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, thin straw color with he tiniest bit of an orange hue. Thin head and negligible lacig as it goes down. Nose is pretty light with wheat but brigs forward some fruity elements. I get a bit of lemon and maybe some tangerine. Flavor draws back a bit with some wheat and a bit of hops. Some fruity elements remain. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Not too much flavor, but a nice feel and good drinkability.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready with light malts, a little spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out spicy and bready, then a decent hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The malt character is light as it should be in this style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, I could drink several of these and it has that refreshingness factor which makes it a nice summer seasonal worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Plain and simple. Light golden amber color in the Stella glass. Pleasant foam and well-carbonated in the mouth. Thin body.

More smooth than crisp. Just a hint of malt and biscuits in the nose. Not as fragrant or perfumey as many in the Kölsch style. More of a regular lager taste, but definitely maltier than most. Aftertaste is more malt than hops. Very little bitterness.

Quite drinkable but it might get tiresome with the rather flaccid character. The 12 oz bottle, from Trader Joe's.

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