Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Alaskan Pale review

Alaskan PaleWhile scanning the beer coolers at my neighborhood liquor store I noticed another Alaskan Brewing Company 6-pack that I hadn't tried, so I grabbed it. Today I'll be reviewing the Alaskan Pale (aka Golden Ale). I still have fond memories of my trip to Alaska in 2007 and the opportunity to get another beer from that great state was a no brainer for me.

The Alaskan brewing web site said that they mixed in a pairing of European and Pacific Northwest hop varieties in with the 2-row and specialty malts. They tout their glacier run-off water as a key ingredient. Glacier run off? Have you seen what that really looks like? It's cloudy and gritty with tons of sediment. Luckily for us, they filtered this water extremely well so that none of the pulverized mountains were included in this beer.

Appearance: I used my trusty Sam Adams glass again for this test. It helps to bring out the aromas. After hand turning the twist off cap, I poured this brew into the glass. A huge white head grew in this glass as I poured. So much head in fact that I had to stop before all of the beer was out of the bottle. The beer itself is a nice clear golden color.

Aroma: The aroma instantly reminded me of a nice summer brew - a hint of lemon citrus and floral notes. I also detected a bit of bubble gum in this beer. This isn't a Pale Ale as the name might indicate, but rather is classified as a Golden Ale / Blond Ale.

Taste: The beer tasted just as good as it smelled. Light, crisp and with very little bitterness. Served cold this beer goes down quick. Perhaps it was my craving for a beer after a long hiatus that made me drink this beer down in nothing flat and then open up another one. This is one refreshing brew. The ABV was around 5.2% and the IBU rating is just 24. Even over 5%, this tasted like a good session beer.

Overall: What made this beer purchase even better was the fact that is was already on sale plus they took off another 10% with my coupon. So this 6-pack only cost me $6.74. Not bad for a beer that traveled all the way from Alaska.

The beer rating sites were mostly favorable but didn't give this an outstanding mark. Typical of a light colored 5% alcohol beer. But in my book, this beer is a winner. Light, tasty and refreshing. It makes you want to grab another when you're done. Grats Alaskan - I'll give you a 3.4 out of 5 rating and a repeat buy recommendation.

Related articles you may enjoy:
- Alaskan Amber review.
- Alaskan Summer Ale review.
- Alaskan Smoked Porter 2008 review.
- Alaskan IPA review.
- Alaskan Black IPA review.

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