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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (3290) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SODAK14 (359) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
J_man (955) - 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. Im not getting any spruce/pine flavors. Ive had this before and I remember it being very different, so I may have a bad bottle. Ill re-rate after trying another one.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
solidfunk (8063) - 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. Doesnt come together very well. Tap at Alaska Lodge at SEATAC.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4813) - 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 Ill give them points for originality!

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
willisread (2950) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (2053) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rgf001 (323) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Nice malt and spice (spruce) aroma. Clear amber with low head that disappears immediately. Taste is malty simple, unidimensional with no complexity. Overly boozy for 6.4%. Tastes like an italian doppio malto beer, boozy and thin. I will skip in the future.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggiebob (934) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Bottle from Jeremy. Copper color poured with thin head. Caramel and fruit flavoring. Some pine but nothing outstanding.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llcooldave (1199) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Pours a coppery red in the glass. Sweet dried froot aroma. Some citrus and cherry mixed in. Clean sweet malt flavor with a hint sweet citrus. Overall, a drinkable brew.


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