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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2005
I couldn’t detect much aroma. Nice copper color. Spicey sweet malt flavor. Light body with a light head. Very good beer, but I don’t think I could drink more than a couple at one time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
From the bottle

Pours a clear dark orange with a limited head.

Aroma is piney hops and an unmistakable hint of spruce; the flavor is a good balance of warm toasted malt with fruity hops, accented by the spruce. Mouthfeel is good, finish is dry but not powerfully so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Bottle, 2005 version. Pleasant hoppy spiced pine aromas. Good balance of malt and hops, spices and hints of spruce. Mouthfeel was light to medium, not a lot of warming, actually somewhat refreshing. A very nice enjoyable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Aromas of spice and pine standout. Also noticed a cherry aroma as well. Dark amber/orange color body with tan small tan disipating head. Crisp bitter and spicy flavor at first. In the middle and end the bitterness subsides to a good malty spice warming flavor. Leaves a spice and malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2005
This 2005 version was a very light winter ale version. This winter warmer needs a bit more to be in this category. There is a good aroma of spruce and malt to this beer. There is also a strong flavor of alcohol whish is a good sign. The beer just tasted a bit light for this style. I liked it due to it did not take my head off on one beer like others in the style can and will do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Bottled. Dark copper color. It pours like a coke with a fizzy tan head that dies away instantly. Malty aroma with notes of roasted nuts, spice and woodshed. Tastes like a berry flavored beer with wild rice notes. There is a bit of hop bitterness. dry finish. .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - NOV 7, 2005
On tap @ Naja’s. Poured a deep copper color. Very nice looking beer. The aroma was very fruity and sweet. Was not expecting that. The fruitiness (berry) comes out in the flavor as well. Was not sure what to expect from this brew and it surprised me for sure. Overall, a pretty decent beer, but I’ll try a different winter offering next time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Sampled@Port Solona: Aroma is sweet and lightly spice. Amber in color with a small off white head. Sweet malty start followed by some light bitterness and a little spice. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Bottle: Clear reddish gold with a nice, little fluffy, cream-colored head. Aromas are hard to define - I didn’t pick up any apricot or nectarine like dhlesq, but perhaps my nose is off tonight. I do pick up on some spices of some sort. Taste the spruce and I am not sure if I like it. Fairly thin but creamy feel which is nice. Average carbonation and kind of a soft, soapy aftertaste. Too flowery for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Aroma of mild apricot or nectarine, warming to spruce or pine, over light sweet malt. Appears a clear copper-orange with almost no head and almost no noteable effervescence. Flavor is suprisingly full, with red berries over a light malty base, followed by hoppy bitterness mixed with spruce/pine astringency. Palate is medium to full-bodied and carries the flavors through nicely. Oversll, this beer is a puzzle, and it is quite a bit more than the sum of its parts.

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