Alaskan Freeride APA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Freeride APAAlaskan Freeride APA
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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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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.27/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Really dry and bitter

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2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Coors light aftertaste kills this one for me.

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2.67/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy blood orange color with thin white head; very little lacing. Sweet potato nose. Odd bandaid flavor, sweet malt, and cinnamon/spicy finish. Lite, watery mouthfeel with overly sweet malty body. This beer was odd all around.

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2.67/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Alaskan "Freeride Pale Ale"
Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids. Reviewed from notes taken in summer 2012.

A: Pours a half beige somewhat thick head with some cream but of poor retention. Colour is a dull orange juice. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Orange peel citrus notes, orange juice, citrus ester hops, light clean bright malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange peel citrus notes, murky malts, and distinct dull orange juice. A bit sour - in a bad sense - this tastes like off orange juice. Simple. Not at all subtle. Mediocre.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Imperfect carbonation. Off thickness. Hardly tailored to the flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but strange. Very much littered with off flavours, leaving me wondering if the tap line is clean. Off orange juice is distinct, even dominant. I wouldn't get this again. A huge disappointment from Alaskan.


06.22.17 impression from a bottle:

Pours a vibrant copper body devoid of any yeast/lees particulate with a frothy off-white cap sitting atop. Spot-on for a pale ale and more appealing than most expressions of the style by my estimation.

AROMA: Citrus fruit, bright floral aromatics, a blip of bitter citrus rind, orange peel, pale malts.

Aromatic intensity is mild, but the hop aromatics are surprisingly pungent for a pale ale, promising an assertively hopped expression of the style that nevertheless seems to be quite well balanced. I'm eager to try it.

TASTE: Citrusy yet a bit too pungent and bitter for a pale ale, lacking the counterbalancing pale malt sweetness necessary to keep it in check. Nevertheless, its hop profile is enjoyable, marrying classic floral hop flavours (I suspect a C hop, maybe Cascade?) with assertive citrusy flavours to good effect. The result is a tasty brew in spite of its imbalance, and one that boasts pretty good depth of flavour for the style.

TEXTURE: A bit too overcarbonated and aggressive to be refreshing, but its smooth wet texture keeps it drinkable and its medium body is apt for the style and flavour profile. A juicier lighter more delicate feel might play better with the floral and fruity flavours, but it's above average in execution all things considered.

OVERALL: It's above average in almost every respect save for intricacy, where it falls short. This is a simple beer - and that would be okay were it more refreshing or insanely drinkable. As-is, it's a casual sipper I'd pair with Americanized Chinese takeout or pizza but wouldn't pay much attention to. Compared to Alaskan's generally impressive catalogue, this isn't strong work, but it's by no means a bad brew and it's priced right for its quality. Well worth trying even if it won't blow you away, but those trying to find a widely available pale ale that's of good quality and is fairly priced are better off looking to Sierra Nevada, Bear Republic, or Deschutes.


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

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Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 621 ratings
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