Alaskan Freeride APA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Freeride APAAlaskan Freeride APA

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

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

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper color with thick foamy head. Excellent retention and lacing on the side of the glass. Has a strong citrusy smell. Can discern the piney hops very easily. Starts with a citrusy taste that end with a strong, piney, hoppy bitterness. The bitterness does not persist on the aftertaste, though.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice session beer; Alaskan's calling card seems to be crisp, clean tasting brews, and this one certainly fits that mold. Smells citrusy, tastes refreshing but definitely hoppy, and has a nice carbonated feel. Another solid choice from Alaskan Brewing.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a plastic glass on an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Seattle.

Bright copper colored clear liquid with a frothy off white head.

Nice floral hoppy aroma.

Nice satisfying balance between hops and malt. A little bit of toasted bread, some citrus, sweet for an apartment but not overly so.

Full mouthfeel.

My favorite Alaska Brewing offering I've had on this trip.

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Photo of monorailred
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice beer. It has a pleasant bitterness to it and a nice amount of hopping. Is goes down really smoothly and has a great overall flavor. This is a very drinkable beer that is a great brew to enjoy while relaxing after a stressful day.

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Photo of efhart
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This copper colored beer had a nice appearance with a bit of foam poured from the bottle. It was an easy drinking beer with pleasant characteristics such as limited bitterness in the finish and pleasant aromas and tastes throughout. The beer is a great example of an excellent pale ale. Drink it cold in fitting tradition of a free winter snow ride.

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Photo of budgood1
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle a dirty amber colour with a sandy tinged head and wispy lace accent. big NW hop aroma on this one. mostly citrusy with herbal and resin accents. smells awesome. the taste is a little more involved, with a sturdy, dirty, earthy malt base. then the hop profile takes control, showing off more herbal and pine resin attributes rather than an in your face citrus assault. it's realtively balanced, and provides a healthy dose of bitterness to obliterate andy malt sweetness. it's a dry beer anyway, so the bitterness is accentuated. the body is appropriate for the style with a raspy, coarse mouthfeel. drinkability is nice. some pretzels and ranch would be good with this APA.

overall...this is about as bitter as an APA can get without crossing over into IPA territory, but the malt profile and ABV reigns things in. this is a unique APA. hopped to the gills without smacking you over the head. and it smells awesome. definitely recommended. a hop head must try.

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Photo of Smilemon
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, mildly poured into a pint mug.

A: Hazy, reminds me of my homebrewed stuff, I think the head died pretty quick, but there was decent lacing. Not really impressed by the appearance of the beer, but the bottles have a cool logo, and I really like the color of the caps, not that that really matters.

S: I think this beer smells great, one of the best aroma profiles I've tried. It's up there with Red Chair and stone when it comes to smell.

T: Tastes great, I could see myself drinking a lot of this beer in the summer. It's a bit milder than the standard Alaskan IPA, with more of a focus on aroma, and I think it is well balanced and refreshing. Perfect for those rare sunny days in Tacoma.

M: It goes down smooth.

Overall, I really like this offering, and I hope that it starts to becomes more available. Right now it's hard to find, and not spectacular enough that I'd go out of my way to seek it out. I found it at a store I don't frequent, but if I happen across this beer again, I'll be certain to pick up another pack.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a sucker for pale ales loaded with tropical aromas. Freeride is right up my alley. It's a touch too dry to deliver all of the tropical fruit promised on the nose, but otherwise, it's a great APA.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Enjoy by 01.22.14.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.28.14.

A: Cloudy orange. 1 finger head.

S: Grapefruit. Flower. Citrus.

T: Grapefruit, malt. Pine on back end.

M: Crisp.

O: This one is in the middle of the pack as far as hop intensity for APAs. It's not super hop forward, nor does it have a 1:1 balance of hops and malt like older APAs. It's a little hop forward with good balance from the malt.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
Great aroma. Bright grapefruit with a touch of pine.
The taste is wonderful. Moderate grapefruit bitterness with a bit of honey sweetness in the middle, finishes with moderate pine bitterness.
The texture is soft with just the right amount of fizz.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this today at the Wonder Bar in Casper.

It poured a bright and clear gold with an inch of billowy foam that left a lot of lacing behind after every sip.

The smell is hoppy...biggest notes came from the citra hops; citrus and light hints of tropical fruit. There's some earthy malt in there as well.

The taste brought the citrus to the forefront, lemon-tropical fruit-grapefruit, followed by some earthy/grainy notes from the malt. The finish is decidedly bitter and quite dry.

Good mouthfeel overall.

It's a very nice, hop forward APA that I found very damn drinkable and refreshing. Who'd have thunk that I'd get to drink it in Casper Wyoming? Very nice indeed, Alaskan Brewing!

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer and feel it is under-rated.

Poured into the Spiegelau IPA glass.

A= nice medium golden color, white or near white head.
S=really love the smell in this one, juicy citrus mixed with some pine and tropical fruits.
T=bright, fruity, a little spicy, great hop choices for this beer. not too bitter, just enough to work well with different goods like bbq, pizza, etc.
M=mediu body, enough malt to not leave the beer feeling thin

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A bright citrus hop forward aroma with a solid biscuity malt backing. Citrus hops upfront with good hints of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Some floral and earthy hop hints as well as some pine spice and grass. Solid bready malt backing with hints of biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid West Coast style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bright hop forward pale ale taste with a good taste of citrus and biscuit. Citrus hops with notes of juicy orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and mango. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Also some floral hop notes. Soft bready malt presence with a taste of biscuit, grains, crackers, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid well balanced APA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy, juicy, and drying.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the West Coast style American Pale Ale. Good citrus taste with a solid biscuit malt backing.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

bought this on a whim at wal-mart:
poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A just slightly lighter than honey with a red tint - I got 3 fingers PLUS of impressive foamy head that settles slow and leaved wispy lacing. super clarity.

S HOPS to the max. loving that.

T yummy hoppness, but rather light on anything else, missing a bit of the backbone that I was hoping for

M a bit thin and foamy

D VERY nice - guzzzle on !!!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is just short of an ipa. its a very very well hopped pale ale, west coast in nature, and very very good. it pours a clear light amber color with a ton of fizzy bubbles and a half inch white head that lasts awhile. the nose is fresh hops, piney and organic. they are sharp in the nose, just picked in feel to me. the flavor is equally bold on the hop front. bitter as anything, and almost overpowering. i am much more inclined to call this an ipa. the malt profile is subtle and bready. enough to make the hop flavor hold up for awhile, and to give the beer its creamier feel despite the heavy carbonation. this is a powerfully flavorful beer, with a lot going on. its very sessionable with its lower abv and its many flavor intricacies. id like to see this get bottled and make its way to denver. a really nice glass of beer all up. a worthwhile reinventing of the wheel if you will...

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Photo of guityler83
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: In the half acre imperial pint glass it showed a briliantly clear orange/copper color. The bright white foam poured two fingers tall and receeded slowly. just bits of lacing on the edge of the glass

S: Toasty caramel malt aroma mixed with fruity east esters. Hop aroma is light berries (blueberry, strawberry) and slighty catty.

T: A nice firm bitterness that gives way to caramel and toffee malt flavors. Hop flavor finishes off the pallet with a nice fruit punch vibe. very clean and balanced.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. it may sound rediculous, but it left my pallet with a wet, juicy sensation like i was eating life savers.

O: A very clean, balanced, refreshing APA. Not an over the top example just a straight forward flavorful Pale Ale that doesn't try to be sierra nevada. kudos!

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Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Grassy hop nose with some meadow elements over light malts.
Orange amber with a slight protein haze under a 1/2" bone white lightly bubbled foam cap that produces fine lace.
Palate: Crisp and dry with a touch of tanginess with light melon, hop spice and long lingering fruit flavors.
Medium body and slightly above medium carbonation.

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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 hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a two finger white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, citrus zest, and bread malt.

The taste is just like the aroma with citrus, citrus zest, and bread malt. The citrus flavor is a combination of tangerine and grapefruit. There is a nice combination of bitterness, with some sweetness, to make a nicely balanced beer.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation, and smooth, and easy to drink. A nice APA from Alaskan. I really appreciate how well made their beers are. Nothing over the top, but really solid.

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Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New arrival at my local grocery store, on sale too.

Pours a slightly hazy and bright gold color and a nice off white head. Looks good.

Aromas are nice, with fresh hop notes. Bright citrus, oranges, nectarines, and some faint resin.

Taste is dry up front, light bread flavors, and some creamy sweetness. Finish is crisp, with some faint citrus and a general hop bitterness, and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and dry, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant surprise, and a nice tasty lighter Pale. Solid beer, I hope this one sticks around because at the price I paid I'd grab this often.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light white-golden color with light foam. It’s lightly floral with some orange blossom notes in place of a bracing hop bitter character. An easy drinker, the touch of bitterness balances nicely with the floral citrus character making it approachable but still enjoyable for this beer drinker here. Had on tap and shared a growler the next day.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mildly chill hazed amber colored beer with a tall white colored head. Looks like a West Coast Pale Ale.

Smells strongly of northwestern style hops. Strong citrus aroma lemon, grapefruit and orange. This smells a lot like Lagunitas Sucks. Mild toasted grain but this is really a hop forward Pale Ale.

Starts out mildly sweet with a baked biscuit malt flavor, quite mild in the mouth. A little on the sweet side the sweetness is long lasting and is an aftertaste too. Mild bitterness but this very tasty just not complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty yet mild pale ale. Suggests a stronger flavored beer. This is the sort of beer that starts a Budweiser drinker on the exploration that leads to craft beer.

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Photo of mjurney
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-gold color, touch of haze. Few bubble rising up. Thick frothy head.

Piney, citrusy, sweet bready malts.

Malty, pale malts, bready, faint nuts. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly piney-citrusy. Tropical fruit notes towards the end, pineapple. Finish is crisp. Body is medium, semi-dry, crisp, refreshing, smooth.

Very good for American Pale Ale.

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Photo of cxr1037
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a North Coast pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Dark orange/golden. Big, off-white head that settles down nicely to a solid, 3mm thick cap. Very clear.

AROMA: There isn't a whole lot going on: sweet malts, some hop freshness that's pine mixed with some citrus zest. Floral.

TASTE: Same as aroma, more or less. There's a sweet, almost caramel malt flavor that gently sets the stage for the hops to contribute some light lime citrus. Then it's back to a bready malt flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied, low carbonation, yet refreshing.

FINISH: Dry finish, with traces of hop bitterness hanging off the back of the tongue.

OVERALL: Freeride isn't overly complex but it's not at all a bad APA. It's light, it's refreshing. I could see myself ordering one of these on a hot day. Recommended, but it's not going to be anything that alters your perception of APAs.


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Photo of 303beer
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass I get about an inch of head. Little bit rocky head. Light copper in color. It's kinda light but we'll balanced. Not bitter at the end. Has drinkability.

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