MicroRob (42) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite different from most 'Winter Ales' with its lighter color. The spruce tip aftertaste is what is unique about this one. Very enjoyable.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Citrusy, spicy flavor. Different than most seasonals but definitely not bad. Strange aroma but overall enjoyable.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color on the pour a deep copper color, head is monolithic in size, creamy in its texture and the color a dulcet tan, with the residual lace a fine covering sheet. A light floral aroma greets you first, then the sweet malts, delightfully fresh and clean, a terrific nose. Start is large in malt, sweet, the top middling and the finish hop spicy, moderately carbonated and the aftertaste long lasting and somewhat bitter. A quite good beer to this old “Gusler”!
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It appears that I will be going against the grain on this one. I look forward to piney maltiness of this one every year. Pours a clear light orange/amber with a thin white head that rapidly disappears. Aroma of sweet spruce, caramel, and malt. Simple but nice. Sweet malty flavor followed by a full pine whallop. Not overpowering with pine. Aftertaste of light hop bitterness. Resiny mouthfeel that is moderate, as with the carbonation.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one poured a cloudy bright orangey amber color with minimal carbonation and little to no head apparent after 30 seconds. The aroma was pretty straight forward with sprucey pine, and malt definitely there with nutmeg and lemon vaguely familiar. The taste was an all out malt assault on the palate. An up front forestry lemoniness gives way to a thick doughy, bready malt dryness and finish. Some pine tries to make its comeback near the end but its more like grinding into forest dirt than drinking a delicacy. Highly carbonated yet it doesnt look so much so or act much so. Has the smell and appeal of warm apple pie, but its made by Bubba and not by mama so it just isnt the same if ya know what i mean. A wee bit heavy...ok a ton heavy on the malt EVEN though i love a nice helping of malt and not too much going on in the aroma department hurt this rating. Decent beer. Thanks to Dasilky1 for the offering.
jsquire (3227) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I remember liking this beer a lot better last year. Nice red-orange color with little head. Sweet malt flavor but I tasted no "Spruce tips" at all. It almost was like someone added a sweet fruit syrup instead of the pine tree. Still not an awful beer, but I hope I just got a bad batch.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gee wizz after reading the reviews I expected alot worse. Its sweet,but overly. I does have a taste like being in a spruce forest smells. I wish their was more of the spuce and a little less of the malt. I liked it though!
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I expected a lot from this beer, I mean who would know better about making a great winter warmer than Alaskans? This was disappointing: very watery, mildly hopped/malted, and the pine was barely noticeable at the very end of the finish. Just straight-up unimpressionable and watery. It must be warmer in Alaska than I thought.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet caramel aroma and flavor with very mild hops.Slight taste of pine at the finish.At least it has a moderate ABV.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours like a pale ale, with a flash in the pan hissing but quickly dissipating foam. Sweet fruity aroma with some mild peppery spice. Sweet bubble gum, obviously high alcohol palate. A little spice and sharpness in the finish but nothing too exciting.