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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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 610
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 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 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 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 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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Photo of KLHBB
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown/amber, minimal head. Smells of citrus rind, grass and flowers. Taste of those little yellow sour flowers that grew in the grass that I ate as a child. Definite hops, but no bitterness. Quite lovely and refreshing.

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Photo of AdManager
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. nice warm amber color with .5" nice white head. Not a lot of nose, but hints of pine and hops. Not sure if this beer is a pale ale or an IPA as it hints at both. Great mouth feel and flavors that pop, but don't linger. This is a good beer.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - Nice translucent copper color with a one finger white head and little to no legs or lacing.

S - Lots of cracker like yeast up front, lots of malt/grain mostly sweet some a little toasty, slight dank, fresh cut grass, baking spice notes, fresh cut tree, potpourri, some sap and lots of green brown earth

T - Light but bright hops up front, lots of yeast, nice sweet to toasted malted/grain notes, taste like it smells the morning after you mow your lawn, nice pine, some pineapple, citrus rind and a nice sugary sweetness

M - Medium minus carbonation, medium minus acidity, nice balance, decent complexity and a sweet hop to sweet malt finish

D/O - Very refreshing, goes down like water and enough flavor to enjoy every sip. Not a lot to say about this one other than it is a great apa with no flavors lacking and nothing over the top. Well done.

Final thoughts - Price I am not sure of as I picked this up in an IPA sampler pack that was $11 for a twelve pack. The ABV is pretty low at 5.3%. Worth a try for sure.

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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 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 pianoguy
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by 4/23/16

Pours a clear golden body with a white head that dissipated quickly. A small amount of lacing.

Scent is fairly prominent ! Mostly tropical fruits with a faint malt presence

Taste follows. Not very much bitterness. There seems to be a lot of carbonation interfering with nailing down more of the taste (I do like what I'm getting though...)

Feel is prickly with a lot of carbonation...

It seems like the line between Pale Ale and IPA is pretty blurry these days... This really seems more like an east coast IPA .

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Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It’s not bad - nothing to write home about, but not bad. Nice appearance with decent head and some lace. Aroma is malt and hops. Flavor’s similar to nose, sweet at first, then the hops, finishes with wet grain. Slight medicinal character there too.

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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 barnzy78
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best by 010316
A - amber body with a frothy off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing as it dissipates
S - caramel malt, herbal hops with grapefruit and pine in the nose as well
T - zesty grapefruit and orange, pine, caramel, toasty/nutty grain, herbal hops
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes semi-bitter
O - decent APA. Nothing outstanding, but glad to try it.

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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 Libeertarian
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears a normal bubbly, clear, bright copper. Somewhat pink hues. Cap is tan, creamy, chunky, frothy, and retains very well with thick, sticky, and abundant lacing. Resin, caramel, light orange, grass, crackers, and light spice reminiscent of cinnamon on the nose, very good. The hops in this are amazing for a Pale Ale, so bright and bold, accentuated in part by subtle effervescence. Iced tea, grass, and orange peel, decent pine and pepper bite. IBUs are lower of course, but hops are not to be outdone by the malt character, crackers and to a lesser extent caramel, both fairly subdued. Medium in body, packed with suds, crisp and refreshing.

Update: re-reviewed this 12/01 as I had a fresher bottle. Noticed a few things I hadn't before, but the score should remain unchanged.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm reviewing this beer about 3-4 months after buying it as part of a variety half case. The label art features a bearded dude riding a snow board. A good aggressive pour of the 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass produces an inch and a half of a sticky, reddish-tinged froth.

The aroma is mildly hoppy, with some nice organic aromas-flavors featuring grapefruit pith and a wild nuttiness. Providing some balance are plenty of malty aroma-flavors hinting at brown sugar and a mild nuttiness.

Lovely stuff from a reliable brewer but only available as part of a variety 12 pack.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some slight citrus note. The taste is hoppy, malty note, and some citrus. Medium body, slightly dry bitter/finish. Overall, a nice little 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 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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 06/05/15:

Pours slightly hazed deep golden with a fluffy white, lasting head. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/citrus, and bread (with a touch of honey?)

The taste is of pine, citrus, melon. Sweet bread and caramel come through in the middle. Herbal, spicy bitterness in the dry finish.

It has a crisp, smooth, medium body.

A well-balanced, easy-drinking, refreshing APA with a very nice overall character!

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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 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 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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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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