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RATINGS: 626   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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2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3079) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 doesnt seem as prevalent as in past years. Its 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackbocracken (36) - Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2005
I dont taste the spruce, but I do think this is one of the maltier winter ales. Quite spicy indeed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (13029) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle poured a dark copper with a good off white head. Aroma of malt and hops. Flavor is sweet malt, spice and a light metalic flavor in the background. Light sweet alcohol finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Boutip (6273) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle (Courtesy of FlacoAlto): Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a nice white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt with a subtle mix of spices. Taste is a mix between sweet malt and a subtle mix of spices. Body is a bit thin and I cant say that I really tasted the spruce tips. I believe I would have appreciated this better with a stronger presence of spices.


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