Alaskan Freeride APA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 635 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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 jaydoc
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/1/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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 kojevergas
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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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/23/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. The hop flavors in the taste were not as bright as the aromas. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good American pale ale. Good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handsome appearance in the tall tulip with amber color and nice cap of foam. Spritzy on the tongue but not much lacing in the glass. Pleasant flowery and piney aroma. Light body and refreshing sensation.

Modest malt with the browned biscuit taste. Plenty of hops, though the bitterness doesn't get out of hand. Tangy with a club soda flavor. Some fruity flavors from the hops. A bitterish pomegranate taste with a little mango. Quite drinkable and another good addition to the many shades of Pale Ales. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Texas Wine Cellars in Fredericksburg.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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