teamsale (309) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2017 trujahwarrior (515) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head that faded quickly. Smells of biscuit, spruce and caramel. Tastes of spices, caramel, and spruce and a sweet fruit flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and syrupy, with pretty good chewy carbonation. Overall this is a great tasting winter ale. Pretty solid all around besides appearance.
Bottle pours a clear copper with a thin sand head and minimal lacing. Aroma is tangy, malt, bread. Taste is rich and heavy with a caramel malt flavor. Bitterness is fairly tame and the aftertaste is full and pleasant. PubReports7 () - - NOV 19, 2017
An ale I like beyond its merits: the spruce tips make it taste the way Christmas trees smell. Bill Becker (1808) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 16, 2017
From Nov 2005
Poured from the bottle(room temp) a deep gold with very small head that dissipated almost immediately.
Smell is a weak wiff of malt and some fruit.
The taste is nicely sweet malt with a tinge of bitterness that must be the spruce tips but the faint fruit aroma doesn't, for me, show up in the taste at all. This winter ale lacks complexity but is certainly very drinkeable. Pretty good stuff.
PS: I also had this on tap yesterday and my overall impression of *it* was that it was slightly more "intense" on all counts and would score a slightly higher score. ;^) Kcraig (1) - - SEP 4, 2017 does not count
61 Years old today and I used this beer to make Coconut Shrimp and my sisters and I shared what was left in the bottle .. OMG .. I am not a beer drinker BUT this is our new favorite of any beverage except for water !!!
Thank you with great appreciation ❣️ donandres (668) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle 12 ounce poured to wine glass
Sight: Amber, hazy, small foam
Smell: fragrant, grains
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation, creamy, sweet follow through, long finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, but not look for
drank: Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:07 PM
Barreldoll (1) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2017 does not count
This beer is one I look forward to all year long. Bold forward, not too bitter, love to spruce taste! iskandns (1) - - FEB 26, 2017 does not count
I usually like everything Alaskan makes but this beer is fucking horrible. Way too malty and utterly unenjoyable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone wombat23 (1785) - Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Clear pale amber, off-white head. Malty aroma. Taste is malt, caramel, nuts, spruce notes. Finish is very malty and sweet. darbeer75 (991) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Aroma: faintly malty with apple juice; Appearance: clear amber pour with thin white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: extremely malty; not pleasant; Palate: medium-heavy body with long, cloyingly sweet finish; Overall: very disappointing; will not get again. rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2017
bottle @ Chief Market / Lima OH --- best by 4/19/17 ---Clear dark amber, beige head that sinks rapidly to a thin cover, spots of lace. Taste is caramel malt, light carbonation, hardly a glimmer of hops, and more sweet to finish. This is flat enough to make me question the age, but April is still three months away. Not a keeper.