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RATINGS: 617   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2006
(08.01.06) 12 oz brown bottle from Liquid Solutions. 6.4% ABV. Bottled 1/04. Best by 5/21/06. Sweet malt and ripe plum aromas. Poured clear light amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and fruity (ripened kiwi)/light toasted malt flavors. Finished with light malt fade. No discernable hop presence. Smooth and well-balanced. A very good drinkable ale.

JStax (7225) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2017
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Aroma has notes of bubble gum and cotton candy. Sweet and sugary taste. Medium body and medium carbonation.

Bacchus66 (967) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2017
12oz bottle, Total Wine SDL. Pours clear amber with a disappearing off-white head. Caramel, Christmas spice, piney hops (spruce tips?) Crisp carbonation and a medium body. Finish is butterscotch and piney hops.

MaltOne (396) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2017
Unusual – spruce tips? Nice winter brew. Aroma is strong sweet tropical fruit, some toasted caramel malt, a little woodsy. Color is light copper amber. Taste mirrors the aroma, sweet with a slightly drier finish. Palate is medium bodied. Overall – very aromatic; a sweet leaning amber – brown ale; only place I can identify the spruce tips is the finish. I was expecting a drier, more resiny/piney brew. The closer to room temp this gets, the more the spruce comes out.

teamsale (317) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2017
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 (1910) - 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 (681) - 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

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