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RATINGS: 616   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Pours transparent amber with small yellow head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is slightly fruity, berry-like and malty. Flavor is simple, but somewhat unnaturally sweet. Slightly carbonated. Slightly bitter finish. Good alcohol kick and easy to drink. Not much in terms of spices, but is a simple and easy to drink winter ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2004
not a bad winter brew, pours a amber color with a slight reddish heuw, taste much like a german style winter beer, with added malts and some american hop presence, not bad at all, very refreshing with decent alcohol content.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle pours amber, fairly clear, medium quickly dimishing fizzly off-white head, with soft carbonation, and spotty lacing.   Apple cidery aroma, with what could best be described as a buttersweet herbal plant.   Spiced flavor, somewhat similar to Siletz Spruce Ale so I am assuming thats the addition of Spruce I am tasting.   Somewhat berry tasting in nature, and not nearly as piney as I thought this beer would be.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes somewhat light, strong Spruce flavor that lingers.   Seems like a somewhat weak pale ale with lots of Spruce added.   Tiz alright, but not as full as I would have wanted.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
a deep gold/amber ale with a nice white head that retains well-ish. aroma is a combination of toasty malt and spruce. flavor is primarily of malts, with and interesting balancing spruce/pine flavor. interesting mouthfeel, with an odd cooling sensation coming from the spruce. hard to judge its drinkability-would the spruce flavor become overpower-ing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
Amber ale, thin off-white. Light fruit aroma (cherry and blackberry) and lots of spruce resin. Flavour is similar to Alba Scotch Pine ale. Sweet malty flavour that gets a bit cloying. Toffee, fruit and spruce/pine with a sweet finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shadey (2084) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Pour was orange with red and brown mixed in. Little to no head. The aroma was spicy as I would have expected from a winter ale. The flavor started nice but had a odd end to it. I wasnt able to sit back and be satisfied. This small off taste really ruined it for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Poured an Iced Tea color (a description I got from my wife) with a small off white head. Spruce/pine in the aroma and tastes (no surprise there). Lightly sweet with light spices. Refreshing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Beer pours pale light orange with a dissipating off white colored head. Aroma is modestly sweet malt with some light spiciness. Flavor is quite sweet, maybe too sweet for me. There is also a bit of spiciness but not as much as I expect from one of these winter ales. Not one of the better beers from Alaskan Brewing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - NOV 22, 2004
This is an ok beer with a decent attack and nose on it. however it doesnt finish very well, kind of weak. But a decent brew nonetheless. Not too sure about the spice/herb/veggie beer distinction. It seemed like a stratightforward ale to me

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Pretty good winter brew. Nose and attack are very nice. Finish is fairly unremarkable.


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