Alaskan Winter Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ctdfalconer:
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I've had a couple of bottles of this so far. One I enjoyed, the other not so much. The first one went down very agreeably with a lamb chop (shoulder, in a Kolsch deglaze reduction, yum) and I found the maltiness and slight aromatic qualities to be an excellent pairing with the lamb. I found a slight impression of raspberry along with a lingering pineyness in the aftertaste. I'm not entirely certain what was different (besides the lack of a lab chop) with the next bottle, but it became cloying and vaguely obnoxious. I'm willing to try it again (better be--I got a sixer).
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2005 05:43:57 | More by ctdfalconer
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2.9/5 rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Best by 2014-03-08 stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass
Alaskan's Winter Ale is a surprisingly mild mix of pale malts, European hops, and light yeast character. The spruce tips are present, but fairly subdued along with the rest of the flavors. Not bad, but this is a fairly simple beer that could be brewed fairly easy at home. The malts are not particularly prominent or complex, along with the rest of the flavors and aromas. Not one I'd get again.
Pours a 0.5cm tall head of white foam, made up of medium-sized bubbles, creating a dish-soap like appearance. Retention is poor, the foam lasting less than thirty seconds in a decline to a thin ring around around the perimeter of the glass. Beer's body is a dark golden orange to copper color, with light bringing out a pale orange hue throughout the body. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate-high in number, similarly active.
Aroma is of light minerals and yeast with slight pale malt sweetness. In general, rather underwhelming.
Overall flavor is of light yeast, mild bread-like and pale caramel sweetness, low and clean hop bitterness with a slightly woodsy edge, and a bit of citrus from hops and/or spruce tips. Front of palate tastes light minerals, light pale and low lovibond caramel malt sweetness, and a touch of tartness and lemony flavor from hop and spruce tip usage. Mid-palate tastes pale base malt with a bit of light caramel-like sweetness, faintly woodsy hops, and a bit of tartness and dull fruity lemon from the inclusion of spruce tips. Aftertaste is lightly tart with hints of spruce-like lemon, a bit of pale and caramel malt sweetness, light lingering bitterness, and mild yeast.
Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is partly foamy (2/5) and otherwise smooth (3/5). This is an appropriate and fine feeling for this type of ale. Closes semi-dry, with light to moderate stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 19:40:57 | More by falloutsnow
Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.