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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Malty with roasted overtones, Alaskan ESB has a crisp finish and floral aroma resulting from premium Northwest hops.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2005
This beer pours a deep amberish red color with a thin foamy pearlish head which dissipated quickly. Little lacing if any was left in or around my glass. The aroma is fruity sweet with hops florals, citrus and caramel maltiness in the nose. The flavor is medium to full bodied and creates a nice layer of tongue coating maltiness. Very little bittering noted until about mid-beer when an acetic sting of dryness begins to eat away at your esophagus. Malty backbone, some hopping bitterness, but heavily prickeling carbonation. Dry, tangy and somewhat sticky body. The dryness is a serious concern here, but otherwise interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2005
A slightly cloudy amber with a foamy tan head which I drank on my 29th birthday. Very, very nice malt aroma, somewhat sweet but also a bit toasty. Aroma is very nice, but somewhat one sided. Fabulous palate balance. Nutty and malty, some carmel sweetness a toasty malt and more nuttyness. Then on top of that, ther is a very plesant hop balance. This is a good beer from begining to end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2474) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Pours an amber color. Smell consists of hops and sweet citric aromas. Flavor is bitter and somewhat malty. Finish is bitter as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Clear amber colour. tangy bitter citric hoppy nose. smooth malt fore tasre with bitter hoppy finish.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Lives up to its name as an ESB. Has a definite bite to it. Best Alaskan beer Iíve had so far. Canít wait to go back to my homestate and drink it like a native.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4026) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2004
From the bottle, the aroma reminded me somehow of fishing -- perhaps thereís a little phenolic fishing worm thing going on. Kind of a cool label that reminded me of the Hurricane Reef flying boat. Burnt orange. Very drinkable, somewhat simple, sweet, bitter and thinnish -- letís call it session weight. A litle coffee or cocoa -- almost akin to a mild. A medium to medium light hopping.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5338) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Dark copper appearance; sweet caramel like aroma with some sweet wort-like notes. Bittersweet notes, and some light citrusy undercurrents make this a most delectable and pleasant bitter. Finishes very smooth and clean, a most drinkable ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Draft, from mini keg. Good nose, carmel citrusy. Great red color. Small head that faded. Bitter flavors. Grapefruit mainly, carmel in background. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry bitter finish. Great brew. Had this at Sandy beach in Juneau as part of tour with beer cruise. Some of brewery crew were there. Good time

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chispito (21) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Good stuff. My family went on vacation to Alaska, I stayed home and worked. This was my consolation, and let me tell you, I feel better already. Absolutely gorgeous deep red color with a nice tan head. Smells hoppy. "Bitter" is a harsh word, really. I would say instead that itís sweet and hoppy, with a wonderful, yummy fullness. Hmmm... only five left.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - AUG 1, 2004
I got this stuff for $3.99 a six pack so I didnít think it would be very good but it was awesome. It was better than most beers that cost 3 times as much. Smooth tasting.


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