Instant Beer Review: Alaskan Summer Ale

LET US JUST CUT TO THE CHASE, SHALL WE? Wow. Okay.

ARE YOU DRINKING? True.

BEER? True.

WHAT KIND? Alaskan Summer Ale.

WAIT. WHAT? It’s from Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau, Alaska. It’s their Summer Ale.

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THEY JUST CALL IT ‘SUMMER ALE?’ Yeah.

THAT’S THE NAME OF THE BEER? ‘SUMMER ALE?’ I guess they weren’t feeling too terribly creative?

WHAT STYLE OF BEER ARE WE LOOKING AT, HERE? Well it’s a Kölsch-style ale.

PRESUMABLY GOOD FOR WARM WEATHER CONSUMPTION? Correct. Presumably.

IN ALASKA? Even Alaska sees a brief summer.

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FAIR ENOUGH. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Of the beer?

YESSIR. I find it quite lovely, as a matter of fact.

IS THAT SO? It is. The beer is light in body while still having some weight to it. The flavor is refreshing and a bit spicy, with a really nice malty kick that doesn’t make your throat feel like it’s being covered in gunk. I can’t say that I’ve ever been a big fan of Kölsch beers, but now it is occurring to me that I’ve never had a good one prior to this.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I mean to say that I’ve had nothing but sub-par American attempts at a Kölsch beer up until this point in my life. To the best of my knowledge, I can’t say that I’ve ever had a Kölsch that’s actually been crafted in Cologne, Germany.

ARE YOU SAYING YOU HATE AMERICA? Certainly not. I am merely saying that Alaskan Brewing’s is the first American-made Kölsch ale I’ve had up to this point that hasn’t tasted like skunky butthole.

FAIR ENOUGH. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT? I would, absolutely. The Summer Ale is a light and refreshing summer session beer, weighing in at a perfect 5.3% ABV, with a well-rounded flavor profile that will make any beer-drinker’s taste buds smile.

TASTE BUDS CAN’T SMILE. You are a real piece of work.