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RATINGS: 614   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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yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2009
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is roasted malty with a light hops note. Subdued sweet note in the flavour. Mild spiced and hoppy flavoured. Malty and subdued bitter finish.

Ungstrup (38423) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with an off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel as well as light notes of hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, malt, and a bit of hops, leading to a bitter finish. Quite drinkable, but nothing exciting.

Travlr (26130) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle sample at Sioux Falls fest. Clear golden color. Caramel aroma. Taste is mostly caramel malt.

omhper (25750) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
Bottled at City Beer, San Francisco. Lightly hazy deep golden, no head. Blackberry aroma. Medium sweet with clean mouthfeel and medium body. Lightly buttery with intersting notes of pine needles, juniper berries and blackberries. Salty finish.

madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2011
21st April 2009
Clear amber beer. Silky dry palate. Dry malt balanced with what tastes like sweet white wine! But I guess this is the spruce tips! Moves to a sweet hop and vanilla taste toward the finish, teh dry malt stil riding alongside. Unusual and tasty beer!

Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Clear amber golden with a small, rough off-white head. Lightly sweet malt and caramel in the nose. Medium body, lightly sweet caramel with a weird candy-like tang. Very discreet bitterness. 100709

chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2004
Spruce tips? I expected something resinous, like retsina, but it certainly isn't that. Very odd pinkish amber colour, a bit like campari. The aroma certainly does have an herbaceous aspect, but its mainly sweet marshmallow and pear drops with a whiff of alcohol. There is a hint of something piney in the flavour but a soft jammy sweetness dominates. No hops in evidence at all, but an aromatic woody bitterness, reminiscent of angostura does appear in the finish. Overall, though, not enough grip and far too sickly for me. Not my cup of tea at all. An extra point for the novelty though. Mine was 6% bay the way. 355ml bottle (not bottled conditioned - best before 31 July 2004) from beersofeurope.co.uk

brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is a clear golden orange color with a thin ring of white head. S: Very sweet on the nose with some fruit notes like berries and apricot. Some definite spruce and "green" aromas. Also a bit of a floral note. T: Like the nose, lots of sweetness to this beer. Almost cloyingly sweet fruit as well as some definite corn syrup flavors. Lots of spruce and a mild pine flavor, but not bitter. M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation. It’s got that sort of grainy finish that a lot of spruce tip beers have. D: Way too sweet and to be honest, that’s just about all this beer has going on.

bhensonb (15760) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Aroma of candy malt with evergreen - I can’t tell spruce from cedar. It’s not pine. Actually I probably could tell spruce from cedar - this is not cedar. So it’s spruce. Q.E.D. Clear copper color with a light tan head that runs away fast. A smooth sweetish malt start, that morphs into a candy impact, finishing with a bitter evergreen that is not hop. Not all that bitter, but the mouth tingles. Makes me think a bit of turpentine. Moderate mouthfeel. Not a super dry finish, but it almost seems that way. Wish there was a spruce in the neighborhood to check against. Not the standard bitter loved by Western Hopheads. Good for the season.

Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bomber poured a clear copper with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of spruce, mint, carmel and light fruittiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of spruce, carmel, light fruittiness and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering spruce/fruity finish.

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