DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Buck Dich for this one. Pours deep copper with smallish white head. Aroma of malt, some toffee and spices. Tastes malty, with a sweet caramel finish. In between, there is some cinnamon, nutmeg, fruit, subdued hops. Smooth palate. This one is pretty good.
Shag (2834) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is quite good. Lots of bubblegum, chocolate, spruce, and caramel. The apperance is a light copper color. The thin palate is my only real complaint with this beer. The flavor is lemons, cinammon, cloves, and caramel. Its simple yet complex if that makes sense. I enjoyed it.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper under a thin white head with very little lacing. Nothing too bold in the aroma but there is a definate pine forrest element and a touch of vanilla. Very clean and refreshing flavor with sweet malt, pine (spruce), and the slightest hint of citrus. The spruce hips really make this a great tasting and very unique beer. Nothing like any winter brew Iíve ever tasted. The mouthfeel was a bit thin. Other than that, the only thing I would have liked to see (taste) would be more spruce - bolder would have been a little better. Overall, this was a great tasting beer and Iím pretty lucky to have a buddy in Alaska, otherwise, Iím sure I would never have tasted one of these.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
What a crazy taste! The spruce tips are definitely part of this beerís flavor profile in a big way. At first taste, you think itís the malt thatís just plain weird - sort of sweetish, yet piney. After a fewe sips, I concluded thereís only one thing possibly making this brew taste so odd (again, in sort of a licorishy, piney way). Itís the SPRUCE! Yet this beer is utterly unlike the Alba Pine Ale I once had, which was not unlike drinking a liquefied Christmas tree. Nice sweet malt aroma, too. I give Alaskan Brewing some credit for originality here.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a really great winter brew, its odd because Iíve had it before but donít recall liking this that much. The buttery sweet caramel mixed with the spruce tips really gives this winter warmer a unique taste. Perfectly balance and very smooth. Pours a copper/amber with a thin head. The spicing is subtle under all the spruce.
Garrat (1326) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a small bottle.Pale orange in colour,thin head,some fruity spices and malt.It warmed me up a treat.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to batkins for this one
It kind of surprised me w/ its amber color & light body. I was expecting (but hadnít read any reviews first) more of a winter warmer. This beer has some fruitiness (cider like) w/ mild carbonation. Iíd think that this would be a good beer to have a big meal, say turkey dinner.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours transparent amber with small yellow head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is slightly fruity, berry-like and malty. Flavor is simple, but somewhat unnaturally sweet. Slightly carbonated. Slightly bitter finish. Good alcohol kick and easy to drink. Not much in terms of spices, but is a simple and easy to drink winter ale.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
not a bad winter brew, pours a amber color with a slight reddish heuw, taste much like a german style winter beer, with added malts and some american hop presence, not bad at all, very refreshing with decent alcohol content.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours amber, fairly clear, medium quickly dimishing fizzly off-white head, with soft carbonation, and spotty lacing.   Apple cidery aroma, with what could best be described as a buttersweet herbal plant.   Spiced flavor, somewhat similar to Siletz Spruce Ale so I am assuming thats the addition of Spruce I am tasting.   Somewhat berry tasting in nature, and not nearly as piney as I thought this beer would be.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes somewhat light, strong Spruce flavor that lingers.   Seems like a somewhat weak pale ale with lots of Spruce added.   Tiz alright, but not as full as I would have wanted.