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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dr_sarcastor (66) - - JUN 26, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 The absolute best that Alaskan has to offer. The spruce tips give an unequaled flavor to this crisp winter beer that make it perfect. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rob101 (14) - - JUN 29, 2014
I am blown away by this beer. Normally it’s not necessarily my style of beer but this just wowed me. I thought that this was just a delicious Beer, the best Alaskan beer that I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Adding spruce tips in the mix gives this beer an incredible citrus taste. This beer is why I travel to Alaska. In my opinion, the Winter Ale should be Alaska’s state beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 19, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours to a light amber to copper color, with a soapy white head that fades, and a moderate to soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is very pleasing with aromas of caramel, and spicy hints of pine and spruce. The palate is soft with good flavors of toffee, biscuit, and caramel. This beer finishes with more good malt flavors up front, then ends with a piney/spruce finish that slightly lingers. The spruce tips in this beer makes for a very interesting and flavoful beer. You really get pleasing spruce flavor in the nose and finish. This is a nice, easy drinking, winter ale. A nice after work or dinner brew, and a good beer to sip and savor with a good book or a movie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RasputinsBeard (11) - Why do you give a fuck?, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2007
In my opinion this is a great example of a Scottish Gruit. The commercial description says English Olde Ale, but to me it is Scottish. Here is my review: AROMA - Some fruity-malt notes. Very crisp smelling; APPEARANCE - Medium amber in color. Faint head at the start that quickly fades. No real carbonation, and lacing is minimal; TASTE - The taste is that of a typical Scottish Gruit. The base flavor is malt, then the fruity bitterness of the spruce tips adds a nice roundness to the pallete; MOUTHFEEL - Mouthfeel is pleasant with roasted malty tones. No carbonation bite either; OVERALL - I really liked this brew. Beings that it is a limited release seasonally. If you see it, pick it up...dman fine brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1181) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Pours clear, oily orange with a large off-white head. Smells of spruce, resin, pine, and tine bits of sweetness. Taste is sweet, like caramel, spruce, and pine. Light-to-medium bodied with a smooth, wet texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Alaskan Winter Ale finishes earthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3128) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Wow, I really like this brew! Poured it a bit warm and I think that was a good idea as the spruce tips really come out, giving a sweet, ripe berry component. Poured with a smallish, cream-colored head that soon settled out to a few islands and a ring with a bit of lace. Color is a medium clear amber with huge amounts of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, wet grain. Flavor’s like nose, on the sweet side, but not overly; sweet and carbonic tang are in front with just enough bitter to balance it all nicely. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, lingers for a while, has a slight booziness, and is so drinkable. Curious to see if it’s this good a little colder.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkabilly1970 (3) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2014 does not count
A mixture of cola and spruce flavors. One of the more unique beers that I have tried. A new favorite for me, at least in the snowy winter months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thetmaxx (901) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Poured from the bottle. I thought I rated this before, glad I checked. Last year this beer was amazing, hence the reason I bought again. The pine flavor is awesome! Palate is decent, as is aroma. Overall a favorite winter beer of mine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MicroRob (42) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2003
Quite different from most 'Winter Ales' with its lighter color. The spruce tip aftertaste is what is unique about this one. Very enjoyable.

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