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RATINGS: 625   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Bottle: Clear reddish gold with a nice, little fluffy, cream-colored head. Aromas are hard to define - I didnt pick up any apricot or nectarine like dhlesq, but perhaps my nose is off tonight. I do pick up on some spices of some sort. Taste the spruce and I am not sure if I like it. Fairly thin but creamy feel which is nice. Average carbonation and kind of a soft, soapy aftertaste. Too flowery for me.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Aroma of mild apricot or nectarine, warming to spruce or pine, over light sweet malt. Appears a clear copper-orange with almost no head and almost no noteable effervescence. Flavor is suprisingly full, with red berries over a light malty base, followed by hoppy bitterness mixed with spruce/pine astringency. Palate is medium to full-bodied and carries the flavors through nicely. Oversll, this beer is a puzzle, and it is quite a bit more than the sum of its parts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 8, 2005
Hmm.... I really wanted to like this beer. (From a bottle, the 2005 brew, just out...) First, the aroma is that sour malt that I dont favor, the pour is amber with a cloudy/fizzy body and a big head....it lost a point for the cloud. The taste is fairly sweet and that sour malt thing. Perhaps that is the style but, I dont care for it. Bread, carmel, roasted corn. Finishes weirdly, I cant place it strong yet , in different parts of the mouth than I am used too...Damn I really want to like this beer more than I do....BTW, no spruce, I like spruce, wheres the spruce.... Just got done reading some other posts (I usually dont like to bias my post) but saw someone nail the aftertaste ---peanut skins...exactly...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quillaraymi (89) - USA - SEP 8, 2005
Very nice appereance, good after taste, the spruce is on the air, I like it a lot.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Pours copper colored with a pale head. Aroma is spice and yes, the spruce does come through. Slightly bitter with a very slight alcohol bite. A nice variation to the common winter ale.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Recipe claims that it is made with spruce tips which made me axcited. Alas, there is no detectable spruce/juniper flavor. Instead all we have is a fairly boring ale with little character. Disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2005
(bottle) A nice copper color with a decent head. Starts out a little bitter but has a sweet finish and aftertaste. Works out to be very well-balanced. Another winner from Juneau.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2005
12oz bottle, off white 2" head, sweet malt faint nose, spruce tips sauteed in butter with sugar to taste, well balanced, minty cooling on the finish but not dry, good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (5922) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 19, 2005
Its almost summer here in Vegas, which makes drinking this beer seem completely inappropriate. That said, this is a nice treat. Had it a little warm, but this beer is perhaps the poster child for what youd think of when it comes to winter ales. Glad to note that were not any actual spruce tips in my beer - that wouldve been unfortunate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macanudo (14) - USA - APR 3, 2005
Spicey and bitter. This one is truly a seasonal. They add spruce tips to the recipe and you can tell. Nice color and is drinkable right after the pour.


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