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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This disappointed me. The label is awesome, but the beer is pretty average. It was quite light when poured with no lacing, no head, and virtually no fizz. The smell was non-existent. The taste was very rich but pretty sour for my taste. Not something I would have again.

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3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lackluster head on top of a very pretty beer. The spit foam island really allows you to peer into the golden yellow brew and enjoy the clarity.

The nose hints at spring and summer flavors with lightly toasted grains and a lemon rind zing. There is also touches of white fruits reminiscent of grapes and peaches. Solid.

Taste is anything but boring. The grain flavors are rich with a kind sweetness. The lemony peppered nose yields a much more subdued flavor but still present.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean from start to finish which I find delightful. Medium carbonation and a slightly light body round this out to a damn fine beverage. Alaskan Brewing Co. produces some mighty fine suds. This is a great session beer and one I would drink over and over again.

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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell was unfortunately initially somewhat skunky but eventually opened up to suggest grassy and citrus notes were present.

Taste is a bit crisp up front and refreshing...has a lemon quality to it with an undercurrent of grassiness there certainly as well. It also has an unmistakable sweetness to it also. Finishes a little grainy and with a certain honey sweetness with a small bitterness.

Pretty refreshing beer for the summer months, though it's a little sweeter than one may expect for the style. Still, it went down really easy and I could see myself grabbing it on a hot day.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 082112. Pours a lightly hazed gold color with a fluffy white head. Nice retention and not much lacing.

Nose is biscuity and grainy with a floral, fruity yeast. Pretty classic kolsch aroma...maybe a little sweeter, heavier malt than most I have had from Germany.

Decently bold for the style, the yeast and hops are an interesting combination of fruity bitterness. Its not quite as crips and clean as Id like it to be, though and I suppose I am a bit spoiled as Lawnmower is one of my favorite American interpretations of the style. Still though, a pretty tasty ale and its always a good thing when my beer is gone before I can even finish the review!

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 793 ratings.
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