foyle (435) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.
Appearance: pours a 1" frothy cream colored head which recedes with plenty of lacing. Dark amber color and lots of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: very pleasant aroma of spicy hops, toffee, cinnamon, some fruit, and a malty backbone.
Mouthfeel: fairly light and prickly mouthfeel, somewhat sticky on the palate.
Flavor: pine and citrus hops, raisin, toffee, whole wheat bread.
Overall: a very delicious smelling and tasting beer. Interesting American version of the classic English style. dwyerpg (6494) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Lives up to its name as an ESB. Has a definite bite to it. Best Alaskan beer I’ve had so far. Can’t wait to go back to my homestate and drink it like a native. Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 17, 2002
This is truly nice ale. Not much of a head but a very fruity nose, which smells like kiwi, watermelon and fresh Alaskan air. It also sports a good flavor, which smells very much like the aroma with the extra special bitter. One of the few I'll buy again. All you beer coinsures need to try it out. Kaya161 (1142) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2001
Caramel malt nose and flavour with some hop bitterness to balance. This is one of the top US ESBs that I have tried. eworkman1 (50) - - JAN 16, 2014
Malty goodness on the nose and a pleasant well-balanced finish. Haven't met an Alaskan that isn't a great beer and this one is no exception.
Braudog (6900) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Poured reddish copper with a head that started around 30% of the volume and remained sturdy for several minutes. Nice citric aroma. Decent hopped flavors, yet well malted. Good beer. chispito (21) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Good stuff. My family went on vacation to Alaska, I stayed home and worked. This was my consolation, and let me tell you, I feel better already. Absolutely gorgeous deep red color with a nice tan head. Smells hoppy.
"Bitter" is a harsh word, really. I would say instead that it’s sweet and hoppy, with a wonderful, yummy fullness. Hmmm... only five left. danfosha (52) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Nice copper amber color. Head disappeared quickly. Orange on the aroma, very smooth going down. Sweetness on the tale end of the finish. I haven’t liked many ESB’s, but this I would come back to readily. Poured this from a bottle I brought back from a trip to Alaska. Seemed to travel well.