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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Kinda disappointing. Very yellow coloring, with small head. Aroma is light, with spice profiles. Kinda mellow in the flavor department, with no distinguishing charasteristics. Still, Alaskan is quality, and you can’t disrespect that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Bomber Not much of a head, and it really looked like corn juice. But, it was surprisingly refreshing. I mean, what do Alaskans know about summer anyway?? (kidding, of course) Aroma was a little light with honey, vanilla and some spices. It had a rather sharp flavor and a playful mouthfeel. More honey and spices in the flavor. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LJBrewing (22) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 7, 2005
A true style Kolsch, very light and refreshing. The sublte fruit smell, light bodied and crisp finish. Very good with food.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Well it was 45 minutes between pour and the time the site actually responded and I didn’t write the notes down so this is pretty much from memory courtesy of a good ole ASP 500 error. I really can’t remember cause it was the 8th beer I rated today. i think it was kinda malty and sweet and I recall a big 2 finger head that faded fast to a half pinky head...maybe honey colred. maybe not bad. I’m not sure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Smells great, apply, light - looks like a pale lager. Tastes much better than a pale lager, though. Overall, not real exciting, but it definitely can hit the spot. Not good with food.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Okra23 (28) - Flowood, Mississippi, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Nice amber color. Has a faint fruty and sweet flavor. Very drinkable everyday beer...if they could be found around me. I tried it on an alaskan cruise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Pours a clear, light amber witha quick building head that fades quickly. The aroma is a lightly sweet malt. No noticeable hops. The flavor is lightly sweet malt and no bitterness. Not really all that intresting. A bit of a disappointment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
From a 12-oz. bottle, pours a pale golden with a bright white head. Mild aroma. Mild taste as well with no particular flavors dominating. Niether sweet nor bitter, it’s a good "middling" beer. Not available from local reatilers; sampled in Seward, AK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 Re-rate (07 Aug 2005): Now that I’ve rated more beers, and read what Kolsch is supposed to be about, I re-rated. The style isn’t my favorite, but for the style, I think that it is too sweet and over-blended. There are no hops, not even mellow German hops. So too sweet, not a med. dry finish, the head dissapates quickly and I don’t find the color (that of post-multivitamin pee) that exciting. Better that baloney beer, but not by that much. First rate (June 17, 2005):It is a pale color with little in the way of hops or strong flavor. It struck me as a watered down version of the pale ale. I like the logo, but I’m sticking with other Alaska Brewing Compay offerings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
On tap@O’Brien’s: Pale golden color with a very small, fast fading head. Aroma is jucy fruit gum. Flavor lightly sweet and fruity with a hint of bubble gum. Smooth thin palate.

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