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RATINGS: 579   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.


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3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gkeh (243) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours an amber color. Malty notes. Mild sweet taste. The spruce seems to make a mild appearance. Ok beer.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpongeRuiner (777) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Pours a dark copper color with a quick settling head. It leaves an oily comparison on top. An interesting aroma of bready malts and pine freshness. A sharp carbonation upfront that lingers all the way through. An almost candy fruited flavor thatís somewhat medicinal comes in. Very biscuity. Flavors arenít exactly quenching or smooth. Definitely on the lower end from this brewery for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1210) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Amber brew with virtually no head. Aroma of earth, nuts, caramel and spruce. Taste is earth and must up front, a little caramel and sweet in the middle with a complex finish - a nice wave of bitter hops, earth, then clean pine and a final bittersweet lingering earthy taste. Somewhat different and complex. Palate verges on watery with a latent carbonation that is insufficient to sustain a head but springs to life during the swallow. Most interesting beer Iíve had in a while.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Namespayne (56) - - DEC 5, 2014
The spruce is very unexpected. Sweet aroma with dry, woodsy flavor, almost nutty. Off the beaten path of winter ales. Good brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (3026) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle, gold pour, white head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, crisp, some nuts and spices

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1272) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle from Champanes, this ale had a clear copper/bronze-red pour and gave a small white and faint off-white cover that receded to a ring and a few small spots of bubbles, the nose had aromas of toasted malt and caramel, faint fruit that somewhat resembled bruised apple, some pine scents with faint wood and earth in the background, and it had a faint brown sugar sweetness, the flavors was the same as the aroma except the spruce tips were more evident and gave a little freshness to the flavor of the toasted malt, the caramel and brown sugar like sweetness were a bit more noticeable, the finish had a little malt sweetness that was kept in check by the spruce tips, the mouth feel was light and creamy and had average carbonation, a nice blend of an amber beer with spruce tips to add a little pine freshness to the nose and flavor, the spruce tips were tame in this drink, this beer was not big Winter beer drink, but it was a nice drink that could be drank all day long, the spruce tips add a nice pine freshness and a touch of earth and wood to the background.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlimHabib (232) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle pour. Clear copper amber with lots of carbonation, but a very small head. Aroma is caramel, toast, nuts, and spices. Light to medium body. Grass, nuts, and lots of spices.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chucklemation (563) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Pours a pale gold with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel. Flavor is caramel, with a lot of sweetness and light bitterness. Has a nice body feel. I donít get any of the spruce that the beer advertises, but itís still fine.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Obfuscate (98) - Minneapolis, - NOV 10, 2014
Can smell the spices in this one. First snowfall of the season so I decided to try my first winter beer of the season. Got this Ina make your own 6 pack. Not too impressed there are winter beers that are better.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy00 (160) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Pours a hazy orange with a white head. Aroma of fruit, toasted malt, and a bit of a nutty aroma. Flavor matches, very fruity. Almost a bit of a blueberry flavor at the end. Excellent beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eachnotesecure (71) - Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2014
If itís an old ale, but isnít high ABV, you might be disappointed. I was with this, as it had some promise but didnít deliver. The spruce notes are barely there and the overall taste, while not bad, shows nothing distinctive either. I donít need a pine tree to get some spruce, but a little more and a higher ABV would be nice.


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