Alaskan Brewing Company Summer Ale - 5.3% ABV
The Kolsch style of beer comes to us from the lovely city of Cologne, Germany. A Kolsch is warm fermented then cold lagered like several other northern European beers and are remiscent of the altbiers; you will probably notice the similarities. They have a decent amount of hops but not as much as the typical German lager. Malts are there as well, but not dominating. I would say that the thing that defines the typical Kolsch in that nothing defines the Kolsch. By that I mean that they are typically perfectly balanced so that neither the hops or the malts dominate. It's Yin is balanced with it's Yang.
The Alaskan Summer Ale is a really good representaion of the style with a fine traditional balance. The mellow malts and slight sweetness are marvelous with the fresh flavor European and Northwest hops. They come together to create a wonderfully refreshing beer for you to enjoy a hot summer day. Low carbonation makes to a really easy drink so be careful to not fall off your boat, or bar stool, or .....
Alaskan Brewing Company5429 Shaune Dr.,