Alaskan Freeride APA | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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85
very good
610 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
610
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
138
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 610 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of evergreen_machine
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tdewhurst
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, well crafted. Not overly hoppy.

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Photo of tmcarter23
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeubTube
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bombventure
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Stephen_Bailey
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtaylord
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 UniversalIPA_69
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 nuebs
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of uccle81
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of texas69beer
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Danielr26
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gill20151125
2.27/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Really dry and bitter

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

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

Photo of staubot
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlee922
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan Freeride APA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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