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RATINGS: 564   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Medium amber color with little head. Aroma of cheap imitation maple syrup, grape nuts and little else. Perhaps a little pine/spruce, but that may just be the power of suggestion. Flavor is a bit treacly with some dough aspects and mild hop flavor. Finishes sticky. A disappointing winter brew from a fine brewery that is capable of better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1844) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
I enjoyed this seasonal while watching the sun set over Lake Tahoe. Spruce trees where not only in my view but in my beer. Spruce flavor added to this hearty winter ale, and gave it an almost Belgian "yeasty" aftertaste. Maybe I was too caught up in the view of Tahoe from the 11th floor of Harvey's Casino because I felt this beer had the flavor of a six story tall spruce. If you see this winter ale it's worth a try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1898) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Ok another winter brew hits the Reidrover pint glass.. Nice cool blue label on the 12 oz brown stubbie brewed with Spruce tips.. Nice looking beer in the glass..clear amber with a nice sized off white foamy head..that goes but leaves nice lacing. Thearoma though is rather subdued..I do detect some malts and what maybe spruce..but at least its fresh. MM nice creamy malty taste dominated the taste at first..then a short hop bitter kick followed on the back of the tongue and the throat with some pine flavour ( the spruce no doubt) lingers nice. Very smooth on the palte then a great after taste. Good and different winter ale,quite drinkable..good Spruce ale..not quite as good as Siletz Spruce Ale..but good none the less

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Reminds me of Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice. Piney, sprucey flavor. Not much head on it, amber colored, fairly tasty but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - Kĝbenhavn, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2003
[Draught at The White Horse, Parson's Green, London] Dark amber coloured. It has some Belgian yeastiness in the aroma. Strong malty flavour. Sweet finish. Too carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 Quickly disappearing head, see-through copper. Smells a little fruity, really watery once it hits your mouth. Weird fruity flavors, by the time you swallow you feel like you've been chewing on a pine tree. Finishes with some alchohol. Horribly disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 30, 2003
GABF 2003 - A darker amber color, white head with lacing. Fruity smell Strong.. The smell is initialy too sweet and fruity, and finishes off bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8028) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Medium amber. Mild scotch & pine aroma. Good sweet fruit kick up front, but entirely too syrupy and sweet with piney sugar. Like eating juice concentrate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Pellucid mahogany auburn color with a good pouring head but dissipates a little too quickly. Aroma is very spicy and floral with some hops. Flavor is lightly piney (from the spruce) but with a little malty background. Finishes bittersweet and moist.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Deep amber, witha small head and little lace. Malt and alcohol in the nose. Lots of spice in the flavors, too many for me to explain.

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