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 kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.


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Photo of DoctorZombies
2.67/5  rDev -29.2%
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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Photo of LiquidPoem
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Hangar Wharf & Island Pub

Gold and clear. Overwhelming Citra hops. Not a lot of smell but a lot of action and bubbles. No head. Typical of Alaskan Brewing Co. ; 'watery' with flavor at the end of the sip. Not bad per se, but lacking anything upfront and worth noticing. Light bodied. Would undoubtedly have again, but nothing spectacular per se.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy burnt orange to brown color with a light transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a somewhat rapid pace. Lacing was super light and stringy.
The smell had a decent blend between the caramel malts and some citrus and pine bitterness. Still, the sweet part of the hops also comes out and blends in all together.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and bringing in the hops for some bitterness yet, somehow, there's not much cohesion here as the beer maintains a separation between the flavors. Its bitter sometimes and then sweet at other times. The aftertaste instills the sweet caramel malts.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a decent sessionable feel to it. There's the bitterness that comes and goes so it seems to take on differing personas in the feel.
Overall, for all of the times I've had this beer, this is what I truly think of this beer and often recommend other APA's over this.

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Photo of Spikester
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear amber with two fingers of white head. Head leaves in about two minutes. A light curtain of fine bubble lacing about a third of the way down.
Smell is bright floral citrus hops.
Taste is citrus hops, lemon zest, very light malt presence. More IPA like with the hops much more prominent than the malts.
Mouthfeel was really light with minimal carbonation. Light dry bitter finish.
Overall from the flavor profile I would have guessed an abv of 4.0 to 4.8%.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a pale amber with a reasonable head. The aroma leads with pineapple, as well as mango, brown sugar, and a hint of dank and spice. The flavor is fairly balances between brown sugar malt and spicy, tropical hop flavors. The mouthfeel is thin as first but coating by the end. Overall this is a solid pale, but not something I would often seek out.

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Photo of denver10
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big bubbly white head. A nice citric aroma of some tangerine with a good dose of its rind atop a nice bready malt base. Flavor offers citrus and its rind, some pine, a slight grass Definitely does not live up to or really even accurately follow the very nice aroma. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, a solid enough APA that can make for a nice sessionable, warm weather beer. Could be better though, IMO.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has really good retention. The head is just a little bit off-white with a hint of yellow while the body is a medium amber that glows light and orange when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing as well. Lots of sheeting.

Nose- Pretty good, but typical aroma. Citrus at first- orange and lemon- followed by some caramel. Faint hints of pine and resin. Little bit of matchstick. Shows some peach and some grapefruit after swirling.

Taste- Starts off citrus- orange and lemon again- but then lots of matchstick shows itself while the little bit of caramel there is in the middle tries to assert itself. Some earwax bitterness and some spice on the finish. Too much of a bitter hop profile for an APA. This fades somewhat but it still influences the entire flavor profile. Some orange and lemon peel. A little messy for an APA as well. Not a bad beer but also not one I will be picking up as long as there is Sierra Nevada in the world. A little chalky on the finish. Just above mediocre.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Carbonation seems to be okay.

Drinkability- A little messy for an APA but still very drinkable. Pretty standard craft beer six-pack price.

Overall- Lacks roundness and balance for a style that works mainly in subtlety. Worth giving a try. Slightly above average. I will not be buying this again.

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

Pours light amber with high rocky head. Lots of sticky lacing and a nice piney hoppy aroma, with a little malt in the background. Taste is full on astringent hops which lingers on the palate. Bitter but enjoyable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep orangish golden color with a moderate white cap, bubbles and light lacing

S: Sweet, nuff said. Perhaps with a little breadiness and citrus. Overall mute.

T: Malt forward, like I would expect from English Pale Ale. Citrus, some sweetness

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated and somewhat thick and chewy for a 5.3% ABV APA.

O: Not a bad beer at all. Actually pretty well done, perhaps a tad bit heavy handed on the malt bill

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Photo of puck1225
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass, a clear golden yellow. Decent head and lacing. Smell is grassy and the carbonation is fine. The taste is good for a pale ale. A bit on the bitter side.

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Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mellow gold with a touch of amber with a small to moderate head that hangs around once it becomes just a film. The nose right off the pour seems like a subtle waft of an IPA, but the taste is more in line with what I can only assume is par for the style. I've got little experience with APAs in this world of the DIPA or BUST mentality, but this one brings me back to Target field and those $9.00 glasses of Summit EPA. Really pleasant, bready malt with lime tartness, probably a better choice for summer than these 40 below nights we've been having up here in the barren tundra. This isn't a knock-out victory for Alaskan, but they don't need to impress me any further than I am with them already, they're such a solid brewery - and even if this isn't their star player, I can easily see myself picking up a 6pack of Freeride on my way to my buddy's place for a bonfire or any other get together where I don't want beer to be the focus of my evening - in other words, it's a great wingman beer - it's there for you, it's fun, it's delicious beer, but you don't have to drop everything and focus on the beer each time you take a sip. It's a drinking beer, not a whale, and those beers are good to have around.

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Photo of DCon
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Alaskan Lodge (Alaskan Brewing Co Airport Location) in Seattle, WA for $7. Tapped from the Wooden Tap Handle w/ a Top Turquoise top saying APA & then Export Series, “Rough Draft” down the wooden handle.

Aroma- Huge hops in the nose and very sweet. The strength is almost reminiscent of an IPA. Bit of dry hopping seems present also.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies slowly. Has a clear, dark golden colored body. Leaves thick lacing that coats almost every inch of the glass.

Flavor- Has a very malt dominant taste from the beginning til mid drink when sweet hops hit the mouth. Light-Medium bitterness. Easy overall APA.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, bites with a sweet malty, light pine flavor on the finish.

Overall Impression- For an APA, very drinkable and had good signs from the aroma but since FFF is spoiling me with their examples of the style, its tough to judge. Nevertheless, enjoyed this guy and will be looking to enjoy more down the road from Alaskan.

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Photo of TomTown
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker glass from a 12oz. bottle.

Great clarity and decent white head that sticks around for a couple minutes.

Smells of citrus hops and faint biscuit.

Tastes way more biscuity than the first time. The first time I had this beer, it would have received a much higher rating for the intense citra nose.

All in all, still a decent APA but it was MUCH better fresh. Pretty run of the mill at this point.

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Photo of beertunes
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light copper color with less than 1/4 inch of off-white head that low retention and decent lacing.

The aroma had a nice blast of pine hops over a soft malt base. The flavor profile was very similar, basic malts and piney hops. In other words, a basic pale ale. The body was also the typical medium of the style. Drinkability was good, you would happily grab one out of the sixer after yard work, or for the game.

Overall, a pretty solid brew. Not one you're likely to get excited about, but still enjoyable. At less than $8 a sixer, it's worth grabbing one and trying it.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium golden beer with good clarity. The bottle has a date of "B082813" which I assume means it's best buy date is ten days from now.

S: a medium-strong citrus hops aroma with a bit of the Simcoe character. There is a light malt sweetness.

T: A Strong hops bitterness with a medium citrus hops flavor. Light malt flavor and very little malt sweetness.The balance is fairly bitter. The finish is dry with an aftertaste of citrus bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: An APA with good hops flavor and aroma but this bottle is getting toward the end of the shelf life. I'd love to get a fresh bottle and think it would show better, but as is it's a pretty good pale ale.

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Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, hint of grass, slight sweet malt, yeast, hint of hops, and slight sugar. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Also, the feel is almost watery. Tastes of grass, floral hops, yeast, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, weak body, aroma and body dominated by floral/grass notes, average feel, and decent appearance. Nothing special, about this beer, average APA.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. More outdoorsy themed pale ale from south of, I mean north of the, oh fuck it, west of the border Yankee sentiment.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with one chubby finger of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat chunky off-white head, which leaves some scratchy snow rime lace in parts around the glass as things lazily bleed off.

It smells of a dank, somewhat musty pine tree bitterness, estery florals, grainy, crackery pale malt, muted citrus rind, and a mildly phenolic yeastiness. The taste is gritty, lightly doughy pale malt, a hint of untethered caramel sweetness, pithy orange and white grapefruit, and still heady floral, herbal, and pinecone hop bitters.

The bubbles are so-so in their capability to keep my tongue interested with their prancing frothiness, the body on the light side of middleweight, and sort of smooth, a wan clamminess (Imma lookin' at you, yeast!) sort of spoiling the party. It finishes off-dry, the limping malt still keeping a stiff upper lip, while the complex, if not particularly evolving hops continue to run amok.

Yep, I'm not quite sure which hop(s) cause that musty, dank sensation here, but without the attendant big-ass caramel malt and sassy pine and citrus apologist bitterness, things fall flat oh so quickly. I know that there's no free lunch (a fallacy, so thank you, U.S. government reps in the park adjacent to Sandpoint's City Beach), and no free ride (a further existential quandary when considering the bottle in front of me), but I'm just not digging this one.

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Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright saturated orange color, sharp clarity, lots of billowing foam, sticky lace in the glass. Surface skim has staying power.

Aroma is kind of a letdown, sweet pale malt and dried orange peel. With the advertised Citra, i'd expect a little more pungent hop character and citrus.

Taste is moderately bitter, tea-like with a bare hint of citrus and grainy caramel malts.Feels a little watery and astringent, dry bitter finish. It's drinkable, but overall a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish tinted amber color with a big billowy white head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time as big bubbles within the foam head pop, leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a hoppy smell mixed with a rather strong sweet fruity nature. The hop is mainly of a grapefruit smell, but has other aromas of lemon with some floral notes there as well. The fruity flavors, like the hop, are largely citrus in nature as well with lots of tangerine and orange. Along with the citrus however, so to comes some caramel along with a little bit of a biscuit malt and roasted smell, overall producing a rather nicely balanced smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a very light level of citrus sweetness and a nice biscuit and bready flavor. Some light caramel sweetness is present upfront as well, but this flavor fades rapidly as the taste advances from the start. While the caramel fades, hop flavors of a grapefruit flavor really start to kick in. Some lemon flavors also come to the tongue as well as a bit of a roasted and grainy taste. Some herbal and flowery hop tastes then join the flavor profile at the end of the taste, and with a bit of a dwindling of the citrus sweetness, one is left with a rather moderately hopped and sweet grainy biscuit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the averages to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 5.3 % abv with a carbonation level that is average. Both were quite appropriate for the style with the slightly thicker body of the brew nicely accentuating the moderately hopped flavor of the brew.

Overall – An all right APA with a decent level of hoppiness and a slightly drier and more biscuity taste.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear golden with a good white head.

Smell- hoppy, maybe slightly metallic?

Taste- hop forward, not too strong though. Balanced finish. Nice hop bitterness in the after tasted.

Mouthfeel- very smooth and crisp.

Overall- Pretty good pale ale. Hoppy without trying to be an IPA. I would definitely have another.

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

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange colored with a shirt white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: citrus and pine hops, light fruit, resin

T: pine hops, little malt, lemony

M: prickly, carbonated, mineral water

O: light and refreshing with lemon flavor

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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 Pegasus
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy light golden amber, surmounted by a massive, dense, somewhat coarse off-white head, which retains quite well. Pillars of fine carbonation drift lazily to the surface. Patchy Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Moderate citric notes, of both grapefruit and orange rind suffuse the aroma, although the grapefruit is most prominent. There is a little resinous pine as well. Lightly toasted pale malt struggles to assert itself.

Taste: Opens with a burst of juicy citric hops, with pine, and grapefruit notable, and a little orange rind, as well. AS the taste progresses, some biscuit malt drifts across the taste, subtle against the hop presence. Finishes with a moderate, lingering grapefruit and pine hop flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example, quite drinkable, a bi more of a malt presence would be welcome.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelver into a duvel tulip.
Pours a brite golden color with a bone white head and plenty of carbonation. Biscuity and bready malt with a touch of hops on the nose, not as prominant as I expected. First sip is a clean bready maltiness that is ovverlaid with a citrusy hop flavor, however there is another hop flavor lurking in the background, a bit vegetal. Feels clean and well carbonated, another easy drinker. Overall, barring the vegetal flavor, I could drink this all day.

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