Blonde Ale

Blonde Ale

Seasonal Rotator: Blonde Ale

Alaskan Blonde Ale is a classic American blonde: easy-drinking and approachable, with low-to-moderate hops and malt and a delicately sweet, biscuity character.

Flavor

Alaskan Blonde is brewed with wildflower honey, adding a unique ingredient to a classic beer style. The aroma and flavor have a light malt character with a touch of sweetness. Hop bitterness is low, offering earthy, spicy, floral notes. This light-bodied beer has high carbonation and finishes dry with lingering notes of honey.

 

Ingredients

Alaskan Blonde Ale is made from glacier-fed water and features Nugget hops, Pale Malt and wildflower honey.

Specifications

  • Original Gravity: 1.044
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Bitterness: 18 IBU
  • Color: 5 SRM

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History

Alaskan Blonde was first brewed as a Crew Brew in early 2018. This beer was chosen in a vote by the Brew Crew to replace the former seasonal product, Alaskan Summer Ale (now a year-round product known as Alaskan Kölsch). While we’ve brewed with honey in the past, this wildflower honey blonde uses more honey than ever before, adding a boost of sweetness to the classically clean blonde style.

The Story Behind the Label

Grizzly bears can be found across the Interior and Arctic regions of Alaska. They are brown bears similar to those found throughout the rest of Alaska, but are distinguished by their varied diet, habitat, and more aggressive nature. Ironically, while the two most common species of Alaskan bears are named for their color (“black” and “brown” bears), Alaska’s bears can be many colors – from grayish white black bears to cinnamon red brown bears to blonde grizzlies – as determined by genetics. While fierce Alaskan grizzlies are known as Alaska’s most aggressive bears, their name is actually derived from their “grizzled” look – the lighter-colored blonde overcoat that overlays their dark brown undercoat, keeping grizzlies cool all summer long – rather than their “grisly” nature. Still, if you encounter a grizzly in the Alaskan bush, slowly back away, or you may see how they got their scientific name: Ursus Arctos Horriblis.