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RATINGS: 601   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Brewed with Sitka spruce tips. The aroma is slightly citrusy, with a spicy component to it. I tasted this just after smelling some fresh Sitka spruce tips, the aromas of the fresh tips were incredibly citrusy with a sweet aroma that was incredibly fresh and interesting. Unfortunately the beer did not have this level of character to it, but at least it was noticeable in the nose.

The taste has a definite slight bitterness and astringency that does not seem to be derived from the use of hops (so it must be the spruce). The beer is sweet and malty up front with a light refreshing citrus character. This is quite light and refreshing to the palate, though there is some solid flavor here, including some spiciness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Clear golden with good head but no lacing. Sweet malty nose. Sweet malt and slight spuce taste. Thin in body with a dry finish. I can taste the spruce in the finish too. Not bad but not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2004
This is somewhat of a let down. Extremely average offering. Mildly hoppy with sweet toasted malt. Some holiday spices. To thickishly sweet for my taste. Watery and thin. Slighty dry finish. Overall, not to bad, but could be better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
leon919 (10) - San Jose, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Average on all levels. It does have a nice flavor but fades away much too fast to be really enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6903) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Bottle (2011 edition). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of diacetyl and kumquat. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Syrupy sweet and lots of diacetyl. Clumsy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2004
Spruce tips? I expected something resinous, like retsina, but it certainly isn't that. Very odd pinkish amber colour, a bit like campari. The aroma certainly does have an herbaceous aspect, but its mainly sweet marshmallow and pear drops with a whiff of alcohol. There is a hint of something piney in the flavour but a soft jammy sweetness dominates. No hops in evidence at all, but an aromatic woody bitterness, reminiscent of angostura does appear in the finish. Overall, though, not enough grip and far too sickly for me. Not my cup of tea at all. An extra point for the novelty though. Mine was 6% bay the way. 355ml bottle (not bottled conditioned - best before 31 July 2004) from beersofeurope.co.uk

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2004
Bottled. Deep amber coloured beer with a smooth white head. Alcohol is prominent on the nose but doesn’t necessarily translate through to the flavour or palate. Rich sweet malts control this beer something along the lines of the Fullers Vintage ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Roasted nuts, vanilla, caramel, spices, fresh bread. This one had it all. great smell and flavor, and the mid level of alcohol made me feel warm inside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Clear amber color, disappearing head. Malty and nutty nose. Flavor is very malty with nut and spices tones. Mild and nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Piney, caramel aroma, quickly dissapating very small head, taste is somewhat spicey, with light hops, average feel on the palate, decent beer, but nothing more then a single.

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