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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Alaskan - Amber

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Alaskan Amber
Alaskan Brewing Company
Juneau, AK USA

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.3 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Copper/brown in color.
Bready, earthy and slight spice nose. Subdued malts and brown sugar come through along with some noble hop aromas.
One finger, biege/tan colored head that leaves spotty lacing.
Taste biscuit and caramel malt with bitter nuttiness and spiced component. A bit of brown sugary sweetness in the malt evens it all out..
Medium carbonation.
Light to medium bodied. Drinks smooth; finishes clean, dry and bitter.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Altbier by definition falls into two categories. Dusseldorf and Northern German. Alaskan Amber is the latter, and as a Northern German Altbier goes, it matches the criteria very well. This is NOT an amber ale/red ale, so do not confuse it for that while drinking. Altbier has a very unique set of qualities all its own.

I found this to be as interesting as their White Ale. They both stick to their styles more closely than others. This certainly sets Alaskan apart from many other brewers, as it seems there is a strong adherence to the style code. As a beer drinker, I appreciate that, because it wakes up my taste buds and I do take notice.

A nice, stoic little drinker, just like the hard working fishing boat on the label.

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