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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.

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OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Bottle, from Brown Jug Famous Liquor. Good nose, sweet. Nutty, fruity, yeasty. Little cocoa. Kind of grainy. Clean orangy copper color, good head that faded to a ring. Minor lacing. Bitter flavors, like aroma. Nice malt streak, caramel/cocoa. Medium body, lite cream oily mouthfeel, bittersweet finish. I kept thinking octoberfest, go figure. I enjoyed it. Somehow the whole was more than it’s parts.

krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2006
orange as a monarch butterfly, and considerably brighter, though it’s the healthy butterfly that keeps it’s head longer. indeed a pretty and clear beverage, with a spritzy carbonation, yet the bubbles quickly sneak off invisibly into space as if to reunite later in some beer head heaven. aromatically it’s not outspoken, but there’s some green weedy notes, a bit of orange flavored cough lozenge, and pencil wood-- also a faint musty cotton smell like a lady’s sock. i enjoyed a six pack over a couple of weeks but never much augmented the sense of comraderie that is usually associated with familiarity. with balanced bitterness and sweetness, a note of oak, the "spruce tips" are duly noted, but not enthused over-- a quenching, mild body. it’s a nice beer. like some TV shows, perhaps rescheduling could boost it in the ratings-- it’s niche could be with a younger audience during summer. no doubt my suggestion is on it’s way to beer head heaven too.

SDalkoholic (2408) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 25, 2006
The aroma is a sweet caramel and malt with light pine and spices. The drink is some what flat and lacking a real beer carbonation feel but will manage. Flavor is a little strange and sort of like perfume combined with hops and a dash of spice or sliced sweet beet. Color is a honey color gold and is topped by a thin topping of film.

jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
12oz bottle:Pours a very light brown tan color, averade head, good sized bubbles. Aroma of spices, alcohol, sweet. Taste of spruce, sap? Bitter, acidic, sickly sweet taste. Slightly fizzy.

NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2005
My Secret Santa bought this round. <P> Aroma? Not really no. pale copper with a well established white head. Has a sort of candy, sugar powder, bubble gum sweetness in the fore. Not getting any spice just that very sugary sweetness and malt.

mjg74 (3151) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottled. Pours a fairly light amber color. Slightly sweet spicy aroma. Mostly nutmeg with a hint of cinnamon. Malty flavor with alot of spice. A hint of vanilla and alot of nutmeg. Slightly bitter finish. Good winter brew.

QuoVadis (6) - Lebanon, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2005 does not count
Poured clear, light amber, "shiney penny" color with a thin, light head. Pleasant pine/hop aroma and first taste. The spruce doesn’t seem as prevalent as in past years. It’s hard to pick out from the hops. A real pleasant mouth feel and mild after taste. One of my favorites. I look forward to it every winter.

jackbocracken (36) - Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2005
I don’t taste the spruce, but I do think this is one of the maltier winter ales. Quite spicy indeed.

bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with a small white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, spruce, and spices. Flavor of mild hops, fruit, and spices.

oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Pours a deep dark amber color. Aromas of hops/spice/roast malts. Flavor is bittersweet with a nice hop/spruce linger.

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