GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoy this one from time to time, but my best experience came when I had it in Alaska with my wife while we were on a cruise. It went INCREDIBLY well with the king salmon chowder that a local micro-brew in Skagway was selling. While the bottle version is slightly different, it is still very good. Complex malt flavour, medium-bodied, and just the right amount of hops to let you know they are there. Copper colored with a nice white head. Nothing else can really be said that hasn’t. Always a good buy.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alaskan calls this one an "alt style" beer. Like the classic altbiers of Dusseldorf, this beer is indeed an ale, and enjoys a long, cold conditioning, which is traditionally done with lagers not ales. The similarities end there however, as Alaskan Amber Ale ,just does not have the right amount of hop aroma and flavor stylistically to be a classic example of altbier. Alaskan Amber is actually based on a 100+ year old recipe, from the Douglas City Brewing Company, a 19th Century Alaskan brewer. So stylistically, if you are looking for a classic Dusseldorf altbier, you will not find it here. That is OK though. I have yet to find domestic version of alt, that really comes close, to the altbiers I enjoyed vom fass in Dusseldorf. So what you do have in Alaskan Amber Ale, is a rich, malty, smooth, and drinkable ale, just packed with character.
Alaskan Amber Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color with a thick and creamy head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic with lots of good sweet malty aromas paried with some light herbal hop aroma. The palate is soft and full on the tongue with lots of good sweet malt and biscuit flavors. Alaskan Amber finishes with more good malt flavor up front, then ends malty but with enough herbal hop bitterness to take the malty edge off this beer.
Wow. This beer is just so fresh and flavorful, and just so smooth and drinkable. Alaskan Amber is a wonderful session beer, one you could pound with impunity. It is also a very food friendly beer that would match up with a number of dishes. I really enjoyed this one. Its only flaw is the fact that it too malty as an altbier, and it would have been a better example of alt if it had more hop character. That being said, this beer is one you will want to try, one you will enjoy, and one well worth seeking out in markets where Alaskan beers are sold.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2007 Pours amber in color w/ a medium sized, short lived froth. Residual lacing is good. Aromas of pungent malts. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. This creates a semi creamy texture. A bright malty character w/ a mild sweetness that finishes refreshingly. Good ballance. Theres a briskness to it that makes it appealing to me. The finish is only mildly bittered.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Quite a nice flavor, nutty, and malty, but sweetens up abit too much for my liking, still a nice beer though, just a little too sweet. I would drink it on occasion.
yomamaphat (19) - USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heavy and light at the same time, yet this doesn’t negate either of these characteristics. Its full of flavour yet light enough to enjoy one bottle after the other. I’d say color is what you’d expect from a nicely flavored beer. Smells like candy for a drunk. Try one and think of Alaska when you drink it! Something pure, and relatively untouched.
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was surprised I never rated this. So I purchased a 6-pack at Ralph’s in Riverside, CA. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin, lingering white head. Nice, sweet malty aroma. Some hoppiness as well. Nice, well-balanced flavor. Citrus notes, as well as some sweet hops. Seems to get stronger as you drink it. A good beer I wish we had back east.
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks for the bottle, Dansting. Dark copper body with a quickly dissapting khaki head. The aroma is rich with some chocolate, oranges and good bread. The taste is The taste is sweet with some caramel and iced tea. There is also some light chocolate. There gets to be a stronger cocoa note as you drink this. A nice chane of pace, but a little sweet for me.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a red/brown color, non-cloudy medium sized head, very quickly diminishing. An aroma of hops, malts, sweet, flowers. Good smooth nutty taste, clean finish.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of fine to medium sized of unnoted length white colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained soft carbonation, was transparent and caramel brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of sweet malty bready . Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a palate and a very mild bock aftertaste. Its flavor contained sweet malt mild cherry notes. Strange.
Yuhasz (23) - USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a better than average amber ale. I liked it, it is a little heavy.