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 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 flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New arrival at my local grocery store, on sale too.

Pours a slightly hazy and bright gold color and a nice off white head. Looks good.

Aromas are nice, with fresh hop notes. Bright citrus, oranges, nectarines, and some faint resin.

Taste is dry up front, light bread flavors, and some creamy sweetness. Finish is crisp, with some faint citrus and a general hop bitterness, and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and dry, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant surprise, and a nice tasty lighter Pale. Solid beer, I hope this one sticks around because at the price I paid I'd grab this often.

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Photo of Mdog
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold, lots of particles, big head. Looks great.

Smell: Lots of citrus, pineapple, underlying sweetness. Big aroma for an APA.

Taste: Doesn't follow the smell at all. Very bready with mild bitterness. Almost no citrus, more of an earthy hop taste, very English pale ale tasting to me.

Overall: Started off great looking and smell, but the taste was nothing like the smell. Didn't seem old in that I didn't pick up any oxidation or skunkiness, but had more of an earthy hop taste that I get from many English ales and Belgian dubbels. Not for me.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A bright citrus hop forward aroma with a solid biscuity malt backing. Citrus hops upfront with good hints of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Some floral and earthy hop hints as well as some pine spice and grass. Solid bready malt backing with hints of biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid West Coast style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bright hop forward pale ale taste with a good taste of citrus and biscuit. Citrus hops with notes of juicy orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and mango. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Also some floral hop notes. Soft bready malt presence with a taste of biscuit, grains, crackers, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid well balanced APA taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy, juicy, and drying.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the West Coast style American Pale Ale. Good citrus taste with a solid biscuit malt backing.

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

Freeride. Hazy apricot colored pour, produces excellent lace. Fruity mango nose. Light fruit, cirtus, and mango flavor. Malt moderates leaving a very mild bitterness, it's wet, juicy, a drinking beer, not malty or sweet. Medium light body is made for tipping back the pints, not for filling. Nice little brew here.

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

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin off-white head with good retention and slight lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and slightly piney hops, light bready malt. Flavor dominqated by citrus hops, light biscuit malt, citrus rind, finishing with citrus hops. Flavor is somewhat unbalanced in the direction of citrus hops, the malt not quite up to its supporting role. Medium bodied. A pleasant, hoppy pale ale that could use a bit more balance or perhaps some of the hop brightness from the aroma.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a fairly clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose is bright and citrusy. The citra hops really pop and make the beer worth smelling. The malts are light and biscuity.

Taste is milder and lighter in body than I expected. Drinks damn easy though and goes down super smooth though. The hoppy flavors are really nice...tropical and citrus fruit. There is a nice maltiness in here that is fairly consistent with many of Alaskan's lighter offerings. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but does have some slickness that is nice. This is a perfect, no-frills APA that you can buy a sixer of and throw it down in an evening. I'll probably buy this again, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Golden orange with a foamy white head, light lacing.

Citric, floral, grapefruit notes predominantly. It does have a mild

Medium+ body, mild foamy carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. A well done APA with a solid citric hop character, and a good addition to their year round line-up.

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Photo of Smilemon
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, mildly poured into a pint mug.

A: Hazy, reminds me of my homebrewed stuff, I think the head died pretty quick, but there was decent lacing. Not really impressed by the appearance of the beer, but the bottles have a cool logo, and I really like the color of the caps, not that that really matters.

S: I think this beer smells great, one of the best aroma profiles I've tried. It's up there with Red Chair and stone when it comes to smell.

T: Tastes great, I could see myself drinking a lot of this beer in the summer. It's a bit milder than the standard Alaskan IPA, with more of a focus on aroma, and I think it is well balanced and refreshing. Perfect for those rare sunny days in Tacoma.

M: It goes down smooth.

Overall, I really like this offering, and I hope that it starts to becomes more available. Right now it's hard to find, and not spectacular enough that I'd go out of my way to seek it out. I found it at a store I don't frequent, but if I happen across this beer again, I'll be certain to pick up another pack.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy/clear orange color with half a finger of white head.

Smell is well, really citrusy! Orange, lemon, grapefruit and a little malt in the back really makes me excited to dive in and give it a taste.

And I dove in... The taste is no where near the smell, that said there is nothing wrong with it either, light citrus, light biscuit, light pine, light bread. I guess if one thing decribes the flavor it is light and sessionable.

Mouthfeel is my biggest problem, it is perfect imo, but the flavor needs to be amped up for this medium of a mouthfeel on a APA.

Well I grabbed it because I like the idea of a pale with Cascade, Centennial and Citra... With that said next time I will stick with my old standards... It is decent, the nose and the mouthfeel just out shine the taste WAY to much on this one.... I am ok with the smell being better then the taste but this much is just not what I am used to.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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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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 hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a two finger white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, citrus zest, and bread malt.

The taste is just like the aroma with citrus, citrus zest, and bread malt. The citrus flavor is a combination of tangerine and grapefruit. There is a nice combination of bitterness, with some sweetness, to make a nicely balanced beer.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation, and smooth, and easy to drink. A nice APA from Alaskan. I really appreciate how well made their beers are. Nothing over the top, but really solid.

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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 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 StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 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 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 Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this today at the Wonder Bar in Casper.

It poured a bright and clear gold with an inch of billowy foam that left a lot of lacing behind after every sip.

The smell is hoppy...biggest notes came from the citra hops; citrus and light hints of tropical fruit. There's some earthy malt in there as well.

The taste brought the citrus to the forefront, lemon-tropical fruit-grapefruit, followed by some earthy/grainy notes from the malt. The finish is decidedly bitter and quite dry.

Good mouthfeel overall.

It's a very nice, hop forward APA that I found very damn drinkable and refreshing. Who'd have thunk that I'd get to drink it in Casper Wyoming? Very nice indeed, Alaskan Brewing!

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