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RATINGS: 612   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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dwyerpg (6297) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 19, 2005
It’s 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 you’d think of when it comes to winter ales. Glad to note that were not any actual spruce tips in my beer - that would’ve been unfortunate.

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.

presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
Light delicate aroma. Amber and clear, no head. Hops, dark malt middle. Clean for a winter seasonal. Sweetish harsh spruce finish.

OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
You can definitely taste the spruce tips in this brew. Dark golden nearly amber. The head has a very slight tan to it. This made me think of black liquorice. It doesn’t have much for a nose. I’ve had many better tasting beers than this.

DocLock (10840) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Thanks to Buck Dich for this one. Pours deep copper with smallish white head. Aroma of malt, some toffee and spices. Tastes malty, with a sweet caramel finish. In between, there is some cinnamon, nutmeg, fruit, subdued hops. Smooth palate. This one is pretty good.

Shag (3028) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2005
The aroma is quite good. Lots of bubblegum, chocolate, spruce, and caramel. The apperance is a light copper color. The thin palate is my only real complaint with this beer. The flavor is lemons, cinammon, cloves, and caramel. Its simple yet complex if that makes sense. I enjoyed it.

GuilTTy (735) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Clear copper under a thin white head with very little lacing. Nothing too bold in the aroma but there is a definate pine forrest element and a touch of vanilla. Very clean and refreshing flavor with sweet malt, pine (spruce), and the slightest hint of citrus. The spruce hips really make this a great tasting and very unique beer. Nothing like any winter brew I’ve ever tasted. The mouthfeel was a bit thin. Other than that, the only thing I would have liked to see (taste) would be more spruce - bolder would have been a little better. Overall, this was a great tasting beer and I’m pretty lucky to have a buddy in Alaska, otherwise, I’m sure I would never have tasted one of these.

austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
What a crazy taste! The spruce tips are definitely part of this beer’s flavor profile in a big way. At first taste, you think it’s the malt that’s just plain weird - sort of sweetish, yet piney. After a fewe sips, I concluded there’s only one thing possibly making this brew taste so odd (again, in sort of a licorishy, piney way). It’s the SPRUCE! Yet this beer is utterly unlike the Alba Pine Ale I once had, which was not unlike drinking a liquefied Christmas tree. Nice sweet malt aroma, too. I give Alaskan Brewing some credit for originality here.

beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2005
This is a really great winter brew, its odd because I’ve had it before but don’t recall liking this that much. The buttery sweet caramel mixed with the spruce tips really gives this winter warmer a unique taste. Perfectly balance and very smooth. Pours a copper/amber with a thin head. The spicing is subtle under all the spruce.

Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
From a small bottle.Pale orange in colour,thin head,some fruity spices and malt.It warmed me up a treat.

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