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RATINGS: 564   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
(12 oz bottle) Now if all Kölsch were like this, I might really enjoy this style more. Just pouring the beer, and bam, a very aromatic, bready maltiness enthusiastically greets the nostrils. The beer is topped by a small, but creamy off-white head that maintains a small layer mostly because of the multitude of carbonation bubbles. Only a tiny bit of patchy lacing graces the glass. The color is a clear golden and very pretty to look at. This is a fairly sweet beer, quite malty, bready, lightly bitter. In fact, the flavor and especially the aroma of the maltiness are a little reminiscent of a German Oktoberfest to me. With each sip, I inhale that wonderful bready aroma, very nice. It might could use a bit more hops to balance out the sweetness, and that might also clean out the palate of this medium bodied brew just a touch. I don't think this is really an accurate example of the Kölsch style, but nevertheless, I'm enjoying the hell out of it. Easy to drink, smooth on the palate, deliciously malty, now that's my kind of "Summer Ale!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
I like this Kolsch-style beer better than I liked the real thing in Berlin! Strange, I know. Slightly sweet, more American in style and texture than the European original. Effervescent, as it should be, but less bubbly than the Europeans. Smooth drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3042) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 25, 2004
On Tap at Kahootz A clear pale yellow/golden with a small white head with not much lacing. Aroma was very faint as was the flavors. Wheat, with doughy nd yeast notes..but very subdued. Slightly sweet as well. Feel was very light and smooth. Easy drinking, fairly tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4709) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2004
A wheaty-oaty aroma. Cool cap. They obviously went to a lot of thought on the label, but it’s somehow lacking. Golden brew with a webby head. Grainy, lagerish, mildly hopped. Mouth is dry and starchy. So-so, but this isn’t my fave style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9809) - 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 (6390) - 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 (2979) - 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.

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