Review: Alaskan Big Mountain Pale Ale | Craft Beer & Brewing
Alaskan Big Mountain Pale Ale
90 out of 100

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 5.7 IBU: 45

90/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Alaskan Big Mountain Pale Ale

What the brewers say

“Pouring clear and light copper in color, Big Mountain Pale has three domestic malt varieties to provide a firm footing for the flavor and aroma of dry-hopped Simcoe and Mosaic. Notes of Asian pear, pine, and lemon in the aroma are answered by the toasted nut, biscuit, and toffee malt. The crisp flavor is distinct from the aroma, with pleasantly strong herbal notes and hints of complex tropical fruit.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Orange, apricot, touch of caramel, malty, hints of chocolate, earthy. Pretty subtle nose overall.”

Flavor: “Slightly malt-forward with toast, caramel, and a touch of chocolate above a clean base-malt character. Bitterness balances this beer very well, and the hops flavor is of orange, apricot, and pine. One of the more complex malt bills we’ve had tonight.”

Overall: “The complex malt bill is the champion of this beer. Hops are solid but play more of a supporting role.”

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