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Alaskan Winter Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Winter AleAlaskan Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

740 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 30
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2001

Brewed in the style of an English Olde Ale, this ale balances the sweet heady aroma of spruce tips with the clean crisp finish of noble hops. Its malty richness is complemented by the warming sensation of alcohol.
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Ratings: 740 | Reviews: 344 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of krubs
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beefington
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sbanacho
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigRedDog
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gemini6
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fluffmeister
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Myotus
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small, white head. Dark amber in color, with a slight murkiness to it. Although it is not a pale ale, it has a pale ale smell with a pale ale taste, just not as citrusy and hoppy as a pale ale. Overall, an above average ale.

Photo of Rootscipio
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewqueno
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice winter ale... piñon like aftertaste. Smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a chalice.
Beer pours a medium copper color with a very sparse, tan head. No noticeable lacing. Lots of tiny bubble produced throughout the glassful.
Nice nose, with a big big hit of biscuit and caramel backed by a bit of cinnamon and spice and pine.
The taste hits my tongue, initially, a lot like and English bitter but then there is a bit of spicy hops and the piney resin from the spruce tips. I even detect a bit of berry near the end, just before the dry and bitter finish. A hint of warming alcohol as well.
The mouthfeel is medium and fairly sticky.
Overall, a fairly interesting brew. Maybe just a touch odd.

Photo of BoyDrinksWorld
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had this in pint glasses and snifters. I never really noticed any difference in color or head in either glass. Here's the rest.
The appearance was a glossy red to a light purple in the center of the beer. About a finger's worth of white foaminess rings itself around the glass as it drops in rings of lacing. I've never really seen that before, are old ales supposed to that? Okay, no worries.
The smell had more cherries than spruce. It was definitely sweet with a touch of warm booze.
The taste was pretty much the same as the smell. There's a light sweet cherry aftertaste leading to the same sort of finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Its kinda sticky and has a wet sprucy/pininess rolling over my tongue.
Overall, well, I like it as a beer. I haven't had too many old ales. If anything, I know this goes pretty good with food and in my opinion, smoked salmon.

Photo of muraco3
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vermilcj
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice drinkable old ale for a cold evening.

Photo of elprofe
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J_Dub
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Danmullens1
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.