Dallas has few diversions other than eating, drinking and shopping.....and shopping does not interest us.
So we spend our time hopping from restaurant to restaurant and to every pub that we can find in search of the perfect meal and the perfect beer.

We randomly review restaurants and bars, dishes and beers at whim and give our brutally honest opinions of our findings. And while we concentrate on Dallas, we travel far and wide to sample cuisine from all regions of the country and beyond.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Beer Review - Alaskan Summer Ale

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.,
Juneau, Alaska

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