Bill Becker (1067) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 20, 2013
I bought a Howler of it at Liquor Shed.
A- it pours a clear bronze with a 2 finger head of fluffy foam, lacing is very good.
S- I get hoppy, fruity, spicy, toasted malt. Nice.
T- up front, toasted malt followed closely by a batch of different fruitiness, spice from the rye, and good old hop bitterness that APAs need to fit the(me) Bill. Yummy!
M- medium bodied with the carbo just below medium, this has one of the best mouthfeels I’ve ever encountered.
O- Alaskan hit a home run with this brew. I’ll be returning to get more!
Here is an excerpt from Alaskan describing the brew...since there doesn’t seem to be a way for me to add notes:
American Pale Ales are known for showcasing American hop varietals and this brew focuses palates toward several classic, new, and even experimental hop types in convert with loamy and peppery flavors of malted rye, Summit and Magnum hops lend a sturdy hop backbone to this deep bronze-colored beer, while the new Calypso hops add bright fruit characters. Mosaic hops feature a floral essence and new, still unnamed experimental hop variety brings it all together with notes of blueberry and coconut.
A full crystal malt bill provides a backdrop of toasted bread-crust, toffee, and caramel notes to the complex hop aroma and flavor profile characterized by delicate hints of pear, apple, lavender, and tropical fruit. Malted rye adds a subtle spiciness to both the aroma and finish of this pale ale recipe.
Edit: Weird but I’ll be dag nabbed if I DON’T taste some hints of blueberry. :^)
JK (6202) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Tap at Republic. Hazy appearance. Surprisingly strong hops in the aroma. Sweetness in the flavor balanced by rye and tons of hops, something about this reminds me of Two Hearted. Full of flavor really, and loads of hopes.One of the most flavorful APAs I have ever had. Good. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Tap. Pours a clear dark gold body with a nice frothy tight bubbled beige head. The nose is an awesome mix of light spicy rye and tropical hops, very juicy and fresh smelling. The flavor is pretty well balanced between the rye and fruity hop notes. The calypso and mosaic hops really shine in this one. Finishes with some herbal and green leafy hoppiness and a slight spicy note. Lighter bodied and crisp with fizzy prickly carbonation and a lingering tropical finish. Really nice rye pale ale. Fresh and bright. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2013
12 oz bottle- Pours hazy autumn orange with a thin white head. Aroma is bready, rye spicy, some sweet malt. The taste is Smooth, spicy rye bread, light malt, tropical fruits, mellow bitterness. Very drinkable, nice beer, I hope this becomes part of their regular lineup. cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
On tap at Alchemy, pours a clear dark amber red with a thin off white head, aroma was of bright and fruity hops right away with just a little bit of the spice and rye, the flavor has a fruity front end with a sweet and spice finish with the rye, really interesting and fruity through out, I enjoyed this one.
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Pours a clear slightly light amber kinda bronze color and leaves the same color body with a slim half finger white foamy head, just a little amount of light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass; the aroma is slightly hoppy and spicy up front, an underscore of fruitiness and as it warms, I get the coconut (no blueberry though the description from Alaskan Brewing Co says they put it in), no worries, still a very good aroma; the flavoring is slightly peppery, spicy rye follows the bitterness, fruitiness is slightly there but stays subdued throughout, spicy aftertaste, slightly dry finish; the palate - hmmm.... well, its about a light to medium in body and pretty sessionable, carbonation is good for the style (APA) as the sharpness is there for an APA, but not overdoing by any means; overall, good APA that I would definitely come back to, though I’m not sure why Alaskan says there is blueberry in it, no where in the entire beer I got any blueberry in the taste or the smell, no worries, I’d still have this again maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draught in a flight. Pours a clear amber color. The rye in this one will smack you in the face. It is rye dominant, and overwhelms the nose of this, though pleasantly. The spiciness from the rye is quite inviting. The taste is a little bitter and quite dry, with just a hint of some pepper in there. Yum. fiulijn (20806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Draught at Seattle Tap Room (Sea-Tac Airport)savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 23, 2013
Hazy amber color with creamy head. Interesting aroma: creamy and nutty, impression of hazelnut ice cream. Good body structure; malt and caramel flavor with mild toffee and nuts feeling; strong bitterness, although the final is rather boring.
Growler. Clear amber with a small head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, rye and floral hops. Flavor is bitter hops, sweet caramel malt and some light spicy rye. Medium body with a slightly syrupy mouth feel. This is a good beer, the hops tasted and smelled very fresh and the rye added a nice spiciness. douglas88 (9427) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2013
On tap at Bailey’s Taproom. Pours a deep dark amber color with a small white head. A nice mellow spicy and earthy nose. The flavor has some aggressive hopping with light pine and spiciness from rye and the hops, light chocolate malt perhaps. Finishes sweet and earthy. Nice.