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RATINGS: 590   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Amber-orange-red, thin head; caramel-sugar aroma. Quite smooth, overly sugary sweet, but with a good malt base. Bit of a grape essence. Weird, but not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Smells like brown sugar, tastes like grapey-molasses with a bit of cloves. I haven't the faintest idea what this is supposed to be, but I'd drink it in winter. Or in Alaska. Or both. Had at RB Philly gathering February 2004.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DanielBrown (3982) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2004
Bottle from Safeway, Shirley, West Mids. Strong, spicy aroma - some raisins and marzipan. Looks pleasant enough - a toffee russet colour. Mild, rather bitter, but warming beer. A soft, grainy, bready taste, with some twangs of brandy and herbs. A pretty average beer for the most part, with some friskiness in the medium dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Warm red colour, with a custardy aroma. Tasted ginger and blackberries. A very interesting beer as a one off, but couldn’t drink more than one at a time

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Pours a dark orange with an okay head and no lacing. Smells fruity-sweet; I'm picking up orange and banana, with a tinge of hops. Taste is acidic dark fruits. A little bit of banana, apricots, some spices, almost like a Belgian but not. Pallet is medium bodied. Overall this is okay, but nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
Bronze hue with a foamy white head. Light hopped aroma. Taste is a let down, water with a sweet finish. I can't taste the Christmas Tree!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Picked this up excitedly expecting another fine Alaskan beer. But this was a huge disappointment. Pale color, weak head. Aroma is confusingly spicy and sweet, but herbal. Slightly hoppy taste, but followed by a weird tartness as the spruce kicks in. Unique flavor indeed, but not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Amber colored with no head and somewhat flat looking. The nose is spice and sweets. Medium bodied, watery feel, with flavors of spice, and virtually no finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2516) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Light amber color, no head. A light orange nose mixed with candies sugar. Piney and hoppy taste. Shell "It looks like a straw that sticks out of a horses butt" - well, she is right - Cheers! :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3639) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
Bottled. Amber bronze, thin but lasting white head and moderate condition. Strange vegetable aroma with fruity malt, Sweet and woody in the mouth with more malt and a hint of tree bark. Dry and earthy finish with a slight hop bitterness.

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