Alaskan Amber

It's fun going to Yard House with friends, since then there's more beers to try! Especially by ordering Shorty's. Though I need to figure out a way to keep track of which beers I'm taking a picture of...

I wrote: "Josh's Alaskan Amber smells great. Maybe floral, not fruity. Tastes great. Get a nice [occasional] bubbly sensation. Not bitter at all. No aftertaste. Solid tasting. Yeah... bubbly."

I asked Josh to describe what he thinks and he said, "It's good, not that bitter, less [bitter] than others. It's sweet, rich."

Yard House: 7.0% Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA; 5.2% Hobgoblin English Ale; 5.2% Young's Double Chocolate Stout; 5.3% Alaskan Amber; 9.0% North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout

[20110702][20150105 Edit]

I wrote: "Sip of Alaskan Amber. Nice." 12:46 AM PST

Yard House: 5.3% Alaskan Amber (SIP); 5.2% Deschutes Black Butte Porter (SHORTY); 6.0% Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter (SHORTY); 5.2% Young's Double Chocolate Stout (SIP); 5.4% Red Nectar (SIP); 4.9% Blue Hawaiian Hefeweizen (SHORTY)


I can't pinpoint any particular smell in this Alaskan Amber, but to fair I only have about half a class. In terms of the mouthfeel, it mostly feels watery with a bit of a carbonation from time to time. Finally, the drink has no discernible bitterness. 7:30PM PT

[20150105 Edit]

Going over to a friend's house to pregame for New Years Eve, I share in a bottle of Alaskan Amber. Prior to the Alaskan Amber I had a Widmer Brothers Brrr and after it I had some shots of Grey Goose Vodka. The remainder of the night was filled with mixed drinks and some champagne.

Alaskan Amber

Relevant Links:
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Website Information:

Original Gravity: 1.054
ABV 5.3%
Bitterness: 18 IBU
Color: 22 SRM

STYLE Alt. The name of this beer style comes from the German word "alt" meaning "old". This refers to the aging that alts undergo since they ferment more slowly and at colder temperatures than most ales. Slow fermentation helps condition the flavors in Alaskan Amber, contributing to its overall balance and smoothness.

FLAVOR PROFILE Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored "alt" style beer notably well balanced.

HISTORY Alaskan Amber is based on a recipe from a turn-of-the-century brewery in the Juneau area. It was voted "Best Beer in the Nation" in the 1988 Great American Beer Festival Consumer Poll.

INGREDIENTS Alaskan Amber is made from glacier-fed water and a generous blend of the finest quality European and Pacific Northwest hop varieties and premium two-row pale and specialty malts. Our water originates in the 1,500 square-mile Juneau Ice Field and the more than 90 inches of rainfall we receive each year.

RECOMMENDATIONS Smooth and richly malted, this altbier goes well with king or silver salmon, flavorful meats and hearty Italian dishes. Also pairs nicely with delicate cheeses, artichokes and roasted red peppers - a perfect accompaniment to gourmet pizzas.

THE STORY BEHIND THE LABEL There are no roads connecting the remote coastal community of Juneau, Alaska to the Lower 48 or even the rest of the state. Everything must travel by air or sea. Oceangoing vessels, from fishing trollers to small skiffs, are a common sight as they travel the icy waters of Southeast Alaska. Each evening fishermen from all walks of life return to a safe harbor and close the day with a cold Alaskan Amber.


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