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RATINGS: 595   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Nice topaz color with a fluffy white head. Mildly hoppy aroma with hints of spice. Interesting flavor. Hits with a taste of Budweiser and immediately switches over to a NICE spiceyness. Then it gets bitter again, and leaves you with a lingering malty sweetness. Interesting. I like it a little more with each sip.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2003
Pastuerised Bottle. From Safeway Supermarket. BBE July 2004. A watery, nutty scarlet colour. No head. Flat sweetish malt aroma - uninteresting. A hint of alcohol in the aroma. Slightly fat mouthfeel initially, then some hardness comes in with a little tingle at the end. Not great. Flavour is a boring sweet malt - pleasant enough, but quite simplistic. Finish is peanut skins. Drinkable, but quite dull, and little sign of craft, quality, or character. Not sure where those spruce tips appear.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2003
GABF '03 Deep golden in color, aroma of earthy hops, maybe spruce(didn't know at the time)? Decent winter offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Pours a medium gold color with little head and almost no carbonation. Aroma is sweet like maple syrup. Taste is very sweet and the body is quite syrupy. Some light hops. Very simple with no interesting complexities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8804) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2003
Dark copper with no head in my case. Aromas are spicy caramel with a touch of pine. Flavours are slightly burnt toffee, syrup and pine needle hoppiness. Not bad, just a little watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2003
You can tell just by looking at it that its nothing too rad, just a light bodied winter ale, some slight hops, malty caramle flavour, some spiced notes, not a great winter ale, but what i've come to expect from alaskan brewing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Clear orange color with a white head. Strong corn and malt aroma. Sweet, spicy, malty corn flavor with a bitter hops aftertaste. Fairly thick feel. This gets better as it warms, but not a great winter brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Very clear orange/gold color with a small (quickly dissipating) white head. The aroma just hinted at pine, but gave a full-on corn character. The flavor was dominated by this ultra sweet corn tone with some hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Moderately thick feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
The Alaskan brewing company is very sub-par. This is just another average beer. The spices are just out of whack. Someone else compared this to syrup and that is very accurate. The beer has a light-mouth feel and there is a nice malt flavor. Try some other great winters and leave this on the shelf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
I bought this because the guy at my local beer store said it was the best of all he tried. He said the Descheutes winter that I had in my basket was "garbage". I bought both. The Descheutes is much better than this. This is too sugary sweet. The malt almost tastes like it has honey in it. Kind of like simple syrup.

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