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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
a deep gold/amber ale with a nice white head that retains well-ish. aroma is a combination of toasty malt and spruce. flavor is primarily of malts, with and interesting balancing spruce/pine flavor. interesting mouthfeel, with an odd cooling sensation coming from the spruce. hard to judge its drinkability-would the spruce flavor become overpower-ing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
Amber ale, thin off-white. Light fruit aroma (cherry and blackberry) and lots of spruce resin. Flavour is similar to Alba Scotch Pine ale. Sweet malty flavour that gets a bit cloying. Toffee, fruit and spruce/pine with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Pour was orange with red and brown mixed in. Little to no head. The aroma was spicy as I would have expected from a winter ale. The flavor started nice but had a odd end to it. I wasn’t able to sit back and be satisfied. This small off taste really ruined it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Poured an Iced Tea color (a description I got from my wife) with a small off white head. Spruce/pine in the aroma and tastes (no surprise there). Lightly sweet with light spices. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Beer pours pale light orange with a dissipating off white colored head. Aroma is modestly sweet malt with some light spiciness. Flavor is quite sweet, maybe too sweet for me. There is also a bit of spiciness but not as much as I expect from one of these winter ales. Not one of the better beers from Alaskan Brewing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - NOV 22, 2004
This is an ok beer with a decent attack and nose on it. however it doesn’t finish very well, kind of weak. But a decent brew nonetheless. Not too sure about the spice/herb/veggie beer distinction. It seemed like a stratightforward ale to me

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Pretty good winter brew. Nose and attack are very nice. Finish is fairly unremarkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (4928) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 Bottle. Odd color tending toward copper. Not much head. Not much flavor either. I suppose that flavor is spruce tips but not having any real spruce tips around to compare I could not be sure. Surpriingly refreshing but the spruce is kind of overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Light copper color with a mid sized white head. Moderatley sweet malt aroma with notes of pear, and spruce. Lightly sweet, very light toasted malts,. Some fruit, plum and berry, Light spruce flavor and moderate bitterness in the finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 21, 2004
copper color,no head.very light aroma,and very light taste.not much here but not bad.

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