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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Winter comes early in Alaska, so we release Alaskan Winter Ale in October. The tender new growth of spruce trees has been used for brewing in Alaska since the late 1700s when explorers sailed the coast of Alaska looking for the Northwest Passage. Alaskan Brewing revives this tradition, adding spruce tips to its Alaskan Winter Ale.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2828) - Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 3/15/2015. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, berries, spruce, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spruce, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, berry, spruce, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, berry, spruce, herbal, grass, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, spruce, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, spruce, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (211) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle, pretty Amber, slightly orange creamy head. Aroma is malty caramel, slight orange, faintly minty. Taste is malty minty juicy. This isnít sprucy/piney like I expected. Finish is bitter sweet. Palate is quite rich for a "light" beer, carbonation subdued.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
milewide (1578) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Spruce aroma and flavor is a laugh compared to http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/shorts-spruce-pilsner I only bought one bottle!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Old ale? Really?? "pretty week beer underneath the spruce tips and all the other spices, but they are done well. maybe i just expect winter brews to be darker and/or stronger or more aggressive. pleasant enough, with a somewhat unique flavor profile. worth trying, at least every couple years."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alliance100 (796) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2014
12oz bottle - pours copper with off white head . Sweet caramel malt with a hint of spruce on the finish . Good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2003) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Clear amber pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, a hint of pine, nice spicy notes and a little citrus. Flavor is toffee, dark caramel, sweet woody notes, sweet spruce, bready, fruity and spicy yeast, marmalade and a hint of ginger. Medium body, chewy feel, light to medium carbonation and still chewy, but slightly more syrupy finish. Really tasty stuff, a nice, sweet, but complex and still somewhat well balanced beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rob101 (14) - - JUN 29, 2014
I am blown away by this beer. Normally itís not necessarily my style of beer but this just wowed me. I thought that this was just a delicious Beer, the best Alaskan beer that I have had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emartell (254) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - JUN 11, 2014
Cerveza maltosa y de cuerpo redondo. Color ambar turbio, carbonatacion baja y corona de espuma nula! En boca es densa, algo seca pero con notas dulces por la malta, finos y agradables sabores a especias. Al paladar algo complejo, buen equilibrio, ligero dulzor final. Referente al aroma nuevamente dulce, grano y especias. Al paladar es una cerveza compleja y agradable, seca pero muy bien equilibrada!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1126) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2014
The appearance has a hazy orange color, some fine-grain sediment, and a minimal off-white head, and the aroma blends caramel malts, fig, and a hint of cinnamon. The taste is slightly sour, mildly sweet, slightly spice-filled and a touch bitter, which is a quite nice flavor, especially with how crisp the flavor is on the tongue; the palate fuses a soft carbonation with a bite, slick texture, medium body, and a slightly sour and malty finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (1512) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2014
Pours a darker amber color with off white head and a decent amount of it. Dark fruits on the nose initially, with some pine as well (probably the spruce they are talking about). You can definitely get a woody character on the palate with this one. Finishes sweet.


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