rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Who’d have thunk Alaskan Amber is a Northern German Altbier? Very true to style: in fact is part of the AHA calibration for this style. Aroma is nice, malty, and of munich malt. No diacetyl, very little hop character. Perfect appearance for the style: beautiful copper color, nice clarity, and well retained head. Flavor is a little on the sweet side and first, though seems to open up over time. I’d like to see a little more bitterness here. Low diacetyl, and a good, dry finish. Mouthfeel: medium-light body, medium-high carbonation, and a little alcoholic warmth. Overall, really enjoyed the appearance and mouthfeel. A very well done, easy to drink beer.
generallee08 (649) - New York, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: The body has a very beautiful deep amber color with good clarity and lively carbonation flowing up the center of the glass. The quick pour made only a modest one finger tall head. This head was light tan in color and quick fading. This made for no lacing at all.
Smell: The aroma is very inviting surprisingly fruity. It brings notes of dark bready maltiness with dark fruit, dark cherries, plums and apple peels.
Taste / Palate: First up is a medium body mix of bready sweet maltiness blending with the same dark fruit notes from the the aroma. The finish adds notes of roasted almond and a mild balance of earthy dryness from hops. The palate feels smooth and somewhat slick.
Mibeersnob (46) - Howell, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice pouring ale. Rich amber, creamy head - two finger. Good aroma - toasty, grassy. Light taste, easy to drink. Light-medium bitterness, hops just come through. Smooth drinking, alcohol does not come through. Easy to drink a lot of.
Pailhead (4783) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate toffee, lighter caramel, roasted nuts, and a touch of fruit. It pours a transparent amber with a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate sweet toffee, caramel, and a hint of brown sugar. The finish has light roasted nuts, toasty notes, and a hint of fruit. It’s light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation,
winto (15) - Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
nose: cream soda, earth, toffee,
palate: soft and sweet but complex. substantial carbonic acid adds a welcome edge and the texture is oily and creamy. tastes slightly smoky, malty, again cream soda but nutty and about half as sweet. superb! finish is all grainy and adds a dimension to finish this quite perfectly if you ask me.
Herbicles69 (49) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2014
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
From bottle poured into a pint glass purchased in Denver. I don't know. I guess what you would expect out of a craft amber.
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lunchbox582 (24) - St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, Butter Run Saloon, St. Clair Shores, MI. Not bad for a style that can pretty much be anything you want it to be. Easy to drink. Not a bad aftertaste on the palate.
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superspak (2572) - Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/21/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice altbier style. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
WillRunForBeer (646) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at Aces and Ales. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma has a mild fuityness. A malty beer with a bit of bright citrus and mild earth.
dklein7 (3) - - AUG 10, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
A great steady beer right from the bottle. Find it anywhere. Always good. Dont know if it’s really from Alaska, but hey did a good job on this malty amber.
Onslow (1154) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear brown brew with tan head. Aroma of caramel and mild hps. Taste is sweet caramel, light toast, low hop profile; a sour grassy taste from mid swallow on. Ends sweet. Average palate. Reminds me of other alts and old ales and it is a style that offers little room for flare. An OK brew.