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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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hayduke (5572) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 Bottle. Odd color tending toward copper. Not much head. Not much flavor either. I suppose that flavor is spruce tips but not having any real spruce tips around to compare I could not be sure. Surpriingly refreshing but the spruce is kind of overwhelming.

frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Light copper color with a mid sized white head. Moderatley sweet malt aroma with notes of pear, and spruce. Lightly sweet, very light toasted malts,. Some fruit, plum and berry, Light spruce flavor and moderate bitterness in the finish. Not bad.

Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 21, 2004
copper color,no head.very light aroma,and very light taste.not much here but not bad.

IndianaRed (4784) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 Bottle Pours a sparkling clear red/amber with a short fizzy head. Can't even maintain a little white skin so no real lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Piney,apples, grapes, plums maybe. Flavor is a nice surprise. A bit fruity, spicy, raisons, ...busy. The spruce is not as obvious as I feared. The ABV is a touch high, you can tell. Feel is quite thin and somewhat watery, and the carbonation is very soft. Only a slight grassy aftertaste with just a trace of hops. Interesting twist.

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2004
Bottle from Beers of Europe. I was expecting to notice the spruce in this, but even forewarned I can’t say that I can detect it. Poured flat with no head. Amber coloured and clear. Light hops and malt in the aroma. Tastes very sweet, so much so as to mask whatever else is going on in the flavour department.

FlacoAlto (4197) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Brewed with Sitka spruce tips. The aroma is slightly citrusy, with a spicy component to it. I tasted this just after smelling some fresh Sitka spruce tips, the aromas of the fresh tips were incredibly citrusy with a sweet aroma that was incredibly fresh and interesting. Unfortunately the beer did not have this level of character to it, but at least it was noticeable in the nose.

The taste has a definite slight bitterness and astringency that does not seem to be derived from the use of hops (so it must be the spruce). The beer is sweet and malty up front with a light refreshing citrus character. This is quite light and refreshing to the palate, though there is some solid flavor here, including some spiciness.

HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Clear golden with good head but no lacing. Sweet malty nose. Sweet malt and slight spuce taste. Thin in body with a dry finish. I can taste the spruce in the finish too. Not bad but not my cup of tea.

brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2004
This is somewhat of a let down. Extremely average offering. Mildly hoppy with sweet toasted malt. Some holiday spices. To thickishly sweet for my taste. Watery and thin. Slighty dry finish. Overall, not to bad, but could be better.

leon919 (10) - San Jose, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Average on all levels. It does have a nice flavor but fades away much too fast to be really enjoyable.

Ernest (7721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Bottle (2011 edition). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of diacetyl and kumquat. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Syrupy sweet and lots of diacetyl. Clumsy.

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