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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Bottle: Copper, minor haze, large off-white head, frothy, lattice like lacing, virtually no carbonation. † Wet malt aroma, almond paste (marzipan actually), soft graininess, even a tad floral. † Well balanced start, a bit chewy on the malts with a soft hop presense. † Very easy to kick back. † No ashtray or nasty musty graininess like so many others. † Moderate body and mouthfeel. † Very soft hop bitterness lingers after the light finish. † Light, well balanced, clean finish, rather enjoyable.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2517) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2005
Small light brown head, good retention and a nice lace. Clear amber/copper color. Spicey hop nose, lightly floral, backed by a light grainy maltiness. Medium body, lightly creamy. Medium sweet malts, bready, lightly piney with solid notes of caramel malts. All nicely balanced, an easy quaffer. Finish is dry, malty and lightly fruity. Thanks Stephen!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4229) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to jsquire for sharing this one. Small tan head that was mostly lasting, sparse lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, uncarbonated, transparent, and an orange brown hue. Malty, hoppy, sweet, caramel, and a citrus nose. Btter, hoppy and malty flavor. Palate was tingly. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Bottle... Clear amber ale with an American iced tea nose and flavor. Minor notes of clover honey and chicken broth in the floral aroma with a whisper of light molasses. Malty, but well-balanced flavor thanks to generous hopping. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Lengthy, moderately bitter, dry finish. Not one of my favorite styles, but this is a qualtiy brew. The Alaskan brewing company hasnít failed me yet. Mad props go out to darkelf for the bottle!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Poured an amber color with a medium head. sweet and citrus aroma. Flavor was malty with a mild hoppiness. Nice session brew. Thanks DarkElf

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 (2492) - 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 (4629) - 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.


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