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Alaskan Summer Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Summer AleAlaskan Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. Printed on the label is, I assume, the “best by” date: “101112.”

Appearance: Poured into a 400 ml stange. The color is medium gold. Two fingers of light, off-white head dissipated to leave a skim of lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Lots of grain and fruit — apricot, strawberry, granny apple. It also has a sweet floral hop aroma, too. Honestly, it does smell a lot like summer.

Taste: My first sip made me think of a boat. I have no clue why. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The flavor is subtle but tasty and mostly mirrors the smell: grain, floral hops, fruits.

Drinkability: Light, tasty, and easy drinking. This is a summer beer I wish could buy locally.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, dark gold in color. A stream of bubble can be seen coming up from the center of the glass. The head is white and disappeared a little to quickly. The beauty is in the color.

S - Excellent nose. Its sweet with lots of fruit and a soft floral notes. I'm getting apricots, green apple, white grapes and a nice wheat backbone. The aroma is very assertive and all the characters stand out nicely.

T - The taste is of dry wheat and fruit. Again green apple comes in to play, along soft lemon zest. The finish is slightly bitter and lingering.

M - The mouth feel is excellent. Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and with refreshing carbonation. Perfect for a hot day. Alaskan Summer is the perfect name.

O - Just a straight out enjoyable beer. Looks good. Smells amazing. Taste great, and feels wonderful. I recommend this one if you see it.

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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.


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color. A little carbonation rising. Small head.

Very clean and crisp. Fresh cut hay, slight fruity.

Sweetness up front. Sweet grain, grassy, bisucity, slight fruity. Semi-dry finish.

Very clean and crisp. Light bodied. Well carbonated.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Venice Ale House. I'm surprised that I never had this before, so here it goes:

A typical kolsch styled beer. It's pale gold, with solid head and okay retention on top. A bit fruity with ceral grains in the nose. Similar in taste as well, with more cereal grains than the fruitiness. Light and crisp, easy to drink, non offensive....sure, let's drink one this summer.

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Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 806 ratings
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