Review: Summer, Alaskan Brewing

Alaskan Brewing Co. — Juneau, Alaska

  • Style:  Kölsch
  • Bitterness:  18 IBU
  • ABV: 5.3% ABV
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Alaskan Summer Ale balances a softly malted palate with the clean freshness of hops. In the tradition of the style, neither overpowers the other. Both hops and malt come together to refresh and renew the palate. The straw-gold color and easy drinkability are an enjoyable way to celebrate summer.”  — Alaskan Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:    My baseball cap has the Alaskan Summer logo on it.  I bought it seven years ago when I first visited Alaska.  We returned last summer and I bought new Alaskan IPA and Stout caps.  However, my ratty old Summer cap remains my favorite. This is part of my 2nd series on Summer seasonals.

The tasting:  Amber in color, crystal clear, with a white head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass.  Aroma of bready malt, spicy hops, and yeast.  Flavor mirrors the aroma.  Very nicely balanced! Summer has the perfect marriage of malts and hops, with neither dominating.  Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor.  It's medium bodied and has an effervescent mouth feel.  It's crisp and refreshing and finishes with bready malt.  

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   I'm not that familiar with the Kölsh style, but Summer reminded me a pilsner lager.  It's a very easy drinking beer, and at 5.3% ABV, it makes a nice summer session beer.

Have you tried Summer or any other Alaskan beers?

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  1. I'm a big fan of Alaskan, especially love their Amber paired with pizza.

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  2. Alaskan makes great beer. I like Amber as well. I have a bottle in the fridge waiting for review. Thanks for the tip about CANFEST! I need to think of something creative...


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