Alaskan Freeride APA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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610 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally part of the Rough Draft Series

Added by Bitterbill on 07-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
610
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
138
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 610 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of mamaraza
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rpm0003
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Burgett
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of buzzy
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this a while back and finally got around to it on this rainy night. The date on the bottle was 2/4 but this didn't taste skunky or old but at the same time, this was one of the weaker American Pale Ales that I've had in ages. Still, it was good to have an unassuming beer that went down easily and this certainly fit that bill!

The pour to this was the best aspect of this beer as the hazy apricot hue and moderate head were quite pleasing for something out of a bottle like this. One big ring of lacing remained on top of my pint glass as there was another one not too far below that. Grass and caramel malt were strong in the nose with much of the latter in the taste. Light citrus and tropical notes were present on top of that with some grain in mouthfeel that gave this nice body. Not overly sticky or full of resin, there were just enough hints of those to serve as a reminder that this a Pale Ale as the finish was crisp and slightly sour along the lines of mint and grass.

With not a lot of alcohol to be found here, this was a beer that went down relatively easily while feeling like a session brew. This wouldn't be something that I'd buy again but if someone offered me one, I'd gladly take it. Once in a while, it's just nice to kick back and enjoy something without having to be bombarded!

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Photo of Nunya
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gandres
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: Pale light amber liquid, small white foam lingers
Aroma: hoppy, grains
Taste: medium bitterness not a lot of follow through
Palate:Lively carbonation, abrupt finish, but low bitterness lingers, strong carbonation but drops quickly
Overall: very good pale ale
Drank: 9/17/2016 10:42 PM

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nutkick
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

NW pale ale with new age Citra addition to classic Cascade and Centennial hops. Despite snowboarder on label, a nice summer respite from runoff of IPA’s still flooding market. Sours certainly seem to be chinking away at this homogeneous wave in craft beer resurgence this season as well. Also, since when can we have sports on beer labels? Was that not the whole issue with Alpine Extreme, making that such a rare find, esp with Texas “Malt Liquor” designation stamped on already rare label? Oh, damn, snowboarder was perhaps the old label found online, this one has a cyclist trekking on frozen water next to wall of ice, slowly creeping through time with immense energy eventually carving Deap Vallys grooves into the continent. Flown over the glaciers that perhaps found way into a batch of this en route to Asia. Clarity would almost make someone who regularly works 80 hour weeks impressed. Spans taste of classic NW pale and modern trend in new flavor discoveries. Leaves lace on glass the level of Vegas bachelor party after good intending attendee doing part by cleaning some of the lingerie before succumbing to out of element amphetamine come down sleep.

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Photo of morrowd3
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks/smells like an APA. Initial attack of hops mellowed. Then, I could enjoy the ale. A decent, but undistinguished, APA.
OK with chips and salsa.

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Photo of Cpt_splding
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, copper-gold color with a thin, clingy, white head. Aromas of grassy and herbal hops notes, sweet citrus and tropical fruits, and a solid caramel backbone. Flavors are tangy tropical fruit sweet forward, with solid kiwi and melon notes, followed by a solid citrus blend of lime and grapefruit. Roasted and rich caramel backbone, with highlights of pepper spice and oregano here and there. Smooth, slightly dry, mid-bodied feel, with a fruit sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slick, and somewhat dry, with a subtle resinous linger. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mig100
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skrumpy
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light orange/golden amber in color, a thin head that minimized quickly, and moderate lacing. Clear mostly, with a faint haze. The aroma is sweet, apricot, orange, honey, wheat, oats, and malt. Very nice flavor is light, but enough to maintain integrity. It is malt forward, a bit a citrus in the hops. I think this is a very crisp, refreshing, and enjoyable APA.

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Alaskan Freeride APA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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