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RATINGS: 560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9436) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Alaskan Summer, huh? What’s next, Jamaican Winter beer? But seriously folks, this beer was a nice surprise from the mother-in-law who went on an Alaskan cruise. It’s great to have everyone you know trained to look for beer any time they travel. The Free Willy scene on the label is interesting too. As for the beer, it is a clear light orange color with a thin white head. Very little lacing. The aroma is light citrus and hops. Light and crisp mouthfeel, with sweet fruit, malt and hops flavors. Citrus comes in again with the finish, with a bit of lingering caramel. Overall this is a decent Kölsch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6200) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Deep, dark golden appearance with a thin white head that fades quickly. Fresh mown grass aroma - but very faint - maybe a little fresh lake water aroma as well. Has ome buttery and salty notes with a bit of biscuity sweetness - but not very pronounced. Easy drinking, smooth palate. Refreshing after an afternoon hike in Alaska.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2913) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Draft from mini keg. OK nose fruit & carmel come to mind. Orange golden color. Bitter flavors, though not overwhelming. Fruity, creamy mouthfeel, Dry finish. Tasty brew. Had this at Sandy beach in Juneau as part of tour on brew cruise with Alaskan brewing crew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pencom (18) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Another excellent brew from an excellent brewery. Smooth and mild, slightly sweet and creamy; just what you would want on a hot summer day here in Las Vegas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Not really too much to this beer at all. I had it with some cheese and could barley taste the beer. It is a little on the yeasty side and dind’t really provide much kick. You could do a lot worse but also a lot better too

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2004
The beer after its renunciation of the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in my glass a luminous gold color with a monster sized white head that is semi-creamy in texture, as it disappears rather quickly, the lace formed is a thin white veil upon the glass. Nose is rich in malt sweetness, a hint of hops and a real crisp freshness that I find appealing, start is sweet with a nice malt presence, the top is medium in feel. Finish has a moderate acidity, the hops perfect in their spicy bite, very dry aftertaste and a nice drinking beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 Much fuller bodied than I was expecting from a summer beer, I liked it. Smooth, balanced, very drinkable. Nice thick white head sits on top of a pale body. Low in carbonation. Aroma has a dry maltiness to it. Flavor and bitterness are both accordingly light. The thing that puts this beer apart from other kolsch beers is its texture. It has a really nice almost creamy texture that you usually only get in heavier darker beers. Another great beer by Alaskan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Had at a Pizza Parlor. The pizza was good. The beer was decent. Tasted like a pale ale to me, I don’t know what a Kolsh is?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Light golden color with a smallish off white head. Light fruit aroma with a touch of dry malt and flowers. Flavors are lightly fruity. Malt comes back slighly in the finish. A decent kolsch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 11, 2004
This was a tasty beer. Not a "big" beer in any sense of the word, but flavorful, even with it’s light body. It was fruity, well balanced and enjoyable.

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