Alaskan Summer Ale

Reviewed by on August 10, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alaskan Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Juneau, AK, US

  • Rated On: August 10, 2015

  • Best Before: October 3, 2015

  • ABV: 5.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Kölsch

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Juneau, Alaska’s sort of eponymous brewery constructs this German-style brew as its summer offering, which I presume is a small batch, given the limited length of that season up north – but then there are those long daylight hours, so maybe they don’t have to cut back after all!

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, thickly foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice random chunky tree branch lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready, grainy malt, some muddled pome fruit, a bit of yeasty banana, ethereal peppery spice, and mild grassy, leafy, and herbal hops. The taste is slightly doughy pale and caramel malt, some soft lemon, orange, and indistinct stone fruit, fading estery yeast, and more floral, grassy, and kind of soapy hop bitters. The carbonation is a bit fizzy, a bit frothy, but overall on the low side, strength-wise, the body medium-light in weight, airy, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, grainy, and somewhat grassy and floral in its lingering bitterness.

A nice and refreshing Kölsch, crisp enough and certainly malty – good for even our Canadian pseudo-summertime, which I’m sure is a concept that the folks way up north where this is made have a good grip on. Worthy of giving a go, especially with this one’s ease of availability, at least all around, but not inside of, our borders.

Brady White

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