Alaskan Winter Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:
Bright copper color sports a fine clarity; a perfect crowning from a two-fingered head drops a curtain of lace on the glass. Slight fruitiness in the nose of fresh peaches and pear. Maltiness ranges from cracker to cake batter with a subtle balance of hops and spruce, making for a lovely aroma. It's big on smoothness and has a nearly full body. Fruity, with a ghost-like bubblegum tone. There's a dry malt character for the most part with a hint of light caramel and toasted bread within. Light prickle of hop bitterness lets a quick flash of pungent spruce come through. Alcohol has just a touch of warmth accompanied by a peach orchard flavor. The spruce comes across with a hint of earthiness as well. Finishes dry with a thick, dry, cracker maltiness and a faint linger of spruce.
A different spin on the Winter Warmer, and it's refreshing to see that the spruce is not overdone. Very tasty and very drinkable, which makes this an excellent Sunday dinner beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2010 18:47:33 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist off bottle, a drink before date is on the label.
Appearance: Bright orangey amber (tawny) with a off white lacing that does just fine sticking to the glass.
Smell: Clean maltiness with a hint of citric hop and piney note as well.
Taste: Smooth and a touch chewy, moderate carbonation and full bodied. Solid maltiness, faint buttery diacetyl. Ample hop bitterness, citric twang is underneath the malt. Mild pine or spruce flavour throws a complexity middle to end. Malt sweetness is around for a long time, residuals show off a semi-sweet brew.
Notes: A solid yet serene winter seasonal, the spicing of the hops and spruce are balanced at most … this holds the beer character to a sturdy strong or old ale fashion.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2002 18:40:05 | More by Jason
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Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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