Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JAN 20, 2002
Beautiful copper body beneath a thin, bone head, with an aroma highlighted by a roasty, dark-fruit scent supported by earthy hops. Crisp and refreshing, medium-bodied, touched by sweet maltiness that complements the burnt caramel, toffee, wheat, orange rind, mango and moderate hops flavors. Weak hop finish is a bit disappointing, with a characteristic corn sweetness found in most North American macros; otherwise rather enjoyable. Hard to believe this is my first new beer of 2002...thanks to Fishman for this one. fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JAN 3, 2002
Originally rated 7/2/01: Had this on a trip to Seattle, what a treat. I wish I could get it back east. RERATE 01/02/02: Finally managed to get some from a friend in WA. Very smooth with a medium body. Nice sweet malt and mildly hopped aroma, with some caramel notes. Stays smooth and doesn't bitter much on the finish. I could drink this all day, and now that I can, I think I will. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 1, 2002
I started drinking this on the tail end of a summer in Anchorage. Very complex taste of hops, malts that somehow mixes together in a good, hearty combination. I can't really think of another beer to compare it to, it's rather unique. Try some if you're in the northwest USA. joet (2680) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2001
Nice presentation -- a redder amber, good foam retention. Aroma is great too -- yeast, hops and caramel. Light medium body with a bit more extending bitterness than malt texture and flavor. rjjense99 (3) - Helena, Montana, USA - DEC 14, 2001 does not count
Used to be my favorite amber ale until I was introduced to Mac & Jacks. But, still is a pretty good beer even out of the bottle.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2001
Haven't tried another alt yet, but this was very good. Malts and hops meld seamlessly in a delicious, complex whole. Smooth, sweetish and full-bodied, with great balance. Dragon99 (57) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - NOV 3, 2001
A nice malty ale. Low hop profile. Mild aftertaste........................ Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - NOV 2, 2001
Toasted and nutty and kind of sweet. Needs a little more hop for balance. a nice beer though. Good job Alaskan B.C. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 21, 2001
Nice alt. Toasted and nutty malts with a crisp hop balance. Very thick mouthfeel as well. Very well done, just not enough oomph with the malts but a fine brew none the less. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2001
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Copper color was nice; almost had an apple glow to it. Nice and creamy head to boot. Full, medium body. Texture was thickish, with brawny carbonation. Some unique malt flavors: candy-coated nuts, carmelized wood, toast, and a hint of smoke. A little cloying, but not enough to bother me. Some fruit flavors popped in like welcomed guests, such as apricot, peach, and grape skins. Hops were earthy and herbal. Very mild bitterness. Slightest hint of sourness. The "Fat Tire" of Alaska, if you will.