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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.

kjohns' rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Medium amber pour with cream-colored head. Aroma is rather faint - some spruce, caramel and fruit. Taste is quite sweet, lots of fruit and some light spruce. Virtually no bitterness or hop notes in this. Iím not a huge fan of real sweet brews, but this one is quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vipinvelp (3886) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
Clar amber, no foam remaining. Not too strong in aroma, but nice taste. Light carmale, some barley, bit sweet. Old Ale. (Houston 201605)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Pours medium amber with a thin laced head. Aromas grass, toffee, hay, spruce, slight caramel. Flavors toffee, slight caramel, hay, grass and slight maize. Medium sweet. This needs more concentrated malt and complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (2303) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Tap, The Beer Grotto, Ann Arbor, MI. Clear copper. Metallic caramel aroma. Sweet, some floral hops. Mostly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (2961) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Here is a situation where I expected one thing and was very wrong. Draft pour pint at Frankies. Clear golden pour with an active fizz head. Sweet berry aroma and flavor. Very soft hops, and a fruity, sweet malt finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SODAK14 (354) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Really nice dark brew. Pours dark with a small head. Easy to drink a few but now sue how many after that...kind of a heavy tasting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
J_man (936) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Aroma seems to be ripe red fruit and caramel. Fairly clear medium yellow body with a white head. The fruit comes through as cherry and strawberry with a strange slightly sour over-ripeness. Body is fairly thin and kind of watery. Iím not getting any spruce/pine flavors. Iíve had this before and I remember it being very different, so I may have a bad bottle. Iíll re-rate after trying another one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
solidfunk (7701) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2016
A lot of unfermented sugar in here and some citrus tang. Very syrupy consistency, sweet and tangy finish. Doesnít come together very well. Tap at Alaska Lodge at SEATAC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4662) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2015
This ale brewed with spruce tips is 6.4% and pours a pretty amber-orange that reminded me of an IPA. The nose is malty sweet toffee with a minty evergreen edge to it. Med-full bodied with a scratchy carbonation. The flavor is weirdly candyish - cotton candy, mint, toffee. The spruce tips come through in the finish. It is odd, like a sweet berry cake or pie that ends with mint and pine. Not at all what I was expecting but Iíll give them points for originality!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle from Mitsuya. Pours a dark copper with a very small, thin white head that dissipates almost instantly. Malt aromas with some light spruce and bamboo. Body feels thin but malt-forward with a harsh, paint-thinner-like boozy notes on the finish. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1971) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Dark copper color, with some bubbles, but no head. The nose is rye, caramel, pine, and bread dough. Sweet and very malty, with no real hop bitterness, but some spice and light roasted bitterness. Medium to heavy body, very thick, clingy, and a little acidic. This is a nice malt bomb. Sweet and chewy, and the spruce adds a lot.

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