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RATINGS: 586   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 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 (2510) - 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 (3637) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4114) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
Pleasant spiceness and using spruce tips is an experiment in my opinion has paid off.A nice winter ale with a unique flavour and well worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2603) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2004
Light doughy and grainy nose, orange color (like the midnight sun, says Shelly), low head. Smooth malt base with a hint of maple syrup. Spicy end with hop character. Good transitions. Solid ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4316) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2004
Flat dark ale with a strongly hopped vineous aroma and a mainly bitter flavour. A basic American strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Another Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer. What a kooky category. Anyhow, clear amber body topped by a frothy white head. Lacing, well, it looks nice, not killer, but decent. This beer came all the way from freaking Alaska! That's a long way! Aroma is sweet and a tad spicy. The flavor is about the same. Actually a bit of a disapointment (at least compared to the Smoked Porter). Some very serious piney notes also, spruce tips according to the bottle. A sweet christmess (no typo) treat this beer is . Body is medium. Finish is very, well, sprucey. Not bad but, definitely different. I see that some have hated this beer, but I find it not too bad. Surely one of the few beers brewed with Spruce Tips!

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