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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12893) - 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 (6087) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2005
12 oz bottle purchased as a single at Whole Foods. Pours clear orange-amber with a thin white head. Delicious fruity malt aroma with maple, vanilla and a hint of spice. Flavor is very sweet, toasty, fruity malts with pepper and spice - kind of reminiscent of a fruit cake - and becomes a bit cloying as it warms. Medium body and pricly carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbastard (842) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Nice looking Copper Orange with a mild sweet nose. Not tasting any spurce or pine. However this has a nontart raspberry flavor. Feels good and I like it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2005
I liked this one, quite hoppy, with some nice spiciness to it. Easy drinking. Copper color, nothing really dominates this one, good to drink!

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2005
I couldnt detect much aroma. Nice copper color. Spicey sweet malt flavor. Light body with a light head. Very good beer, but I dont think I could drink more than a couple at one time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
From the bottle

Pours a clear dark orange with a limited head.

Aroma is piney hops and an unmistakable hint of spruce; the flavor is a good balance of warm toasted malt with fruity hops, accented by the spruce. Mouthfeel is good, finish is dry but not powerfully so.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Bottle, 2005 version. Pleasant hoppy spiced pine aromas. Good balance of malt and hops, spices and hints of spruce. Mouthfeel was light to medium, not a lot of warming, actually somewhat refreshing. A very nice enjoyable ale.


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