815: Alaskan Amber

815 - Alaskan AmberName: Alaskan Amber
Brewery: Alaskan Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Juneau, Alaska
Style: Altbier
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.30%
First Brewed: 1986
Price: $1.49

Tasting Notes
Bright copper in the glass, with a thick white head. Malty on the nose, with hints of fruit. Medium body, a bit of biscuit and caramel emerging on the palate. Dry and satisfying finish; a subtle beer that disappears with alarming speed.

Ricky’s Thoughts

Today’s beer is boring. It’s from a brewing company I haven’t been impressed with, and it is a boring style. Of course, I didn’t realize the history behind the recipe. That is what makes this blog fun. Nothing beats learning about beers, brewing companies, and styles. THAT is why this blog will never get boring for me. Sure, there will be a day we run out of beer… but that is a long time from now, and a challenge I will happily accept.

I haven’t had an amber in a while. One that comes to mind is the Prescott amber ale. They only can, but it’s a pretty drive getting there. I will give the Alaskan Amber a chance… not like I have a choice! Oh, and later we are going to be drinking (not reviewing) four beers from Sam Adams. They are just sitting in the fridge staring at me. It’s time I consume them!

In the Glass: This beer has a nice rich copper color to it and produces a really thick head for such a drinkable beer. You know, I am not sure I have ever tried this one. Regardless, if I have had it, it wasn’t that memorable. The beer, as I swirl it in the glass, also continues to produce a nice fluffy head.

Nose: We are drinking this cold, but the nose is powerful and is filled with malty goodness. I am not expecting many hops here. As we start to plan the breweries we will feature in our book (title coming soon), I have to imagine we will pick the Alaskan Brewing Company to feature in Alaska. I just want to see it. Oh, and the glacier, too!

A second sniff is offering the same powerful malty aromas that I was getting on my first sniff.

Flavor: While this beer is boring, it does have a lot of flavor. At first, you are hit with malts and some subtle carbonation. Then, as you swallow, while the flavor quickly fades, it does produce some nice drying flavors. Like I said, I didn’t have very high expectations of this beer. I am happily impressed. I don’t recommend swishing this around in your mouth. The bubbles become overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Considering how much carbonation the beer appears to have in the glass, there really isn’t that much on the palate. I would LOVE to see this beer barrel aged. It reminds me, a little, of the Bigfoot mouthfeel. Does anyone know if Alaskan ages any of their beers? I bet there are some good whiskeys made up there in the mountains!

Aftertaste: The tasting notes said the aftertaste was quick, and while it doesn’t last for five minutes, it does have a really nice finish. It finishes somewhat sweet (from the malts) and then begins to dry as you swallow. I bet this would be a great food beer. I imagine pairing this with some burgers or some BBQ. Speaking of BBQ, Sheryl went to a BBQ festival last weekend. Maybe she will discuss her experience here on the blog.

I didn’t have high expectations going in, but I am leaving the Alaskan Amber very impressed. This makes me want to grab a few more ambers to compare. This original recipe is from 1900… I don’t think this beer will age that long! Cheers, everyone.

Alaskan Amber – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Today we are reviewing Alaskan Amber Ale. It doesn’t really sound like a very interesting beer, but I do kind of like ambers, so maybe it won’t be too bad. It certainly can’t quite live up to the Bourbon County Stout, but that’s ok. I don’t think many beers can!

The beer looks very red in the glass. I know it hadn’t been sitting very long after Ricky poured it out when I saw it, so I think I can safely say that this beer just doesn’t have much head. Mine didn’t have any when I picked it up, in fact. It’s pretty transparent in the glass, and not many bubbles. It just looks really red to me, with kind of a dark orange tint to it. It doesn’t really smell like what I expect an amber to smell like. It smells, at least to me, kind of fruity or sour. I think my nose is kind of messed up because of allergies right now, but that’s what I get from it. Let’s see if it tastes that way.

Well, it doesn’t really taste fruity or sour at all. It also doesn’t taste too hoppy. It has kind of a coppery taste to it. I’m not sure if that’s really the taste, or I’m just thinking that because of the color. But that’s the best way I can think of to describe it. It goes down very thin, with a little bit of carbonation on the tongue. But once you swallow, it’s pretty much gone. No real lingering aftertaste with this beer. It’s not bad, and might even be one I would buy again if I wanted just an every day beer to chug. But there’s not too much special about it. But that’s ok – they can’t all be Bourbon County Stout or we would be drunk all the time!

Rating: 3/5

814 bottles of beer on the wall…

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