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RATINGS: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Just when you’ve had enough of winter, we release Alaskan Summer Ale in March. This traditional Kölsch beer is a great way to celebrate warmer weather and more daylight. Its crisp, clean flavor is the perfect complement for crab, halibut, salads and longer days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours fairly clear gold with no head. Nose is grain and DMS. Taste is sweet with a little creaminess. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
furthur (927) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle on airplane, clear orangy amber, frothy white head faded. Aroma is richly malty and lightly fruity. Taste is pale malt, a touch of citrus, and yeasty dough. Finish just touched bitter. Palate is light, carbonation is, yes, soft and full. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (2293) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Clear golden pour with a white foamy head. Aroma has a subtle lemongrass and biscuit. Taste had more lemongrass biscuit malt and slight bitterness. Palate is thin crisp and buttery (like all Alaskan brews in my opinion)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrTipple (3710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2015
Aroma: grain and cereal malts, light floral hops. Appearance: clear gold, medium, frothy, white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: mild bitters continue, very grainy, some grass and floral hops, soft carbonation. Overall: OK Koelsch, nothing too exciting though. Bottle aboard Alaskan Airlines, SEA-ANC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (10221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2015
On tap on the ferry to Bremington. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has notes of biscuit and bread with a bit of straw underlying. Flavor is mainly straw and grain with a slight crispness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Prufrockstar (1995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle on AS 201, 5 hour delayed flight. They were cool and didn’t charge me (or anybody else I suppose, even the loud mouthed douche bag behind me). Ordered the freeride pale, but this is alright. Dated 080715 -- from the future?! Rad. Smells like bread, honey - almost like Teddy Graham’s. Some bubblegum cotton candy thing in there. What is that aroma, so familiar but can’t place it. Paired with crunchy snack mix. Some copper / metal. Looking forward to getting home, enjoying this beer, book, and noise canceling headphones (which were also helpful during the bohemian rhapsody karaoke as we sat at the gate for hour upon hour). Actually truth be told it’s been a pretty relaxing delay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4760) - Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2015
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/11/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavors, with noticeable but very well restrained yeast ester notes. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a damn nice Kolsch style. All around great robustness and balance and pale malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester notes; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
bottle. deep yellow with one finger head. bigger body than I’d find ideal in a kolsch, but plesant and a bit fruity. hops could definitely be more forward. missing the crisp bitter kick that makes a kolsch great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Obfuscate (482) - Minneapolis, - MAY 3, 2015
Pretty crisp and refreshing while still maintaining a nice malt base. Solid beer but there are other summer beers I prefer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brookfield254 (7) - Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
This beer is perhaps the best rendition of a true Kolsch style beer that I have had so far. Poured into a stange glass with a one finger white head that gives off mildly fruity aroma with hints of hops and perhaps a touch of caramel. The body is a fairly light and somewhat malty with a smooth malty and yet some lingering, but not overpowering hops in the finish. Very drinkable even out of season.

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