Alaskan Winter Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A - I like the label, it really looks cold... like something from a Jack London story. The beer is a deep honey-amber and very clear. The head is a massive three finger foam beast that shows good retention and leaves a lot of nice foamy lace around the glass. With time, the foam slides down the sides of the glass and leaves sticky arcs behind.
S - Honeycomb, maraschino cherries, peach, and Life cereal (Mikey will eat it!). This isn't super complex, or powerful but it is really mellow and pleasing. Gentle even. There is a bit of grainy lagery-ness to this one that I don't really like, but it's only slightly detracting from the nice even-keeled grain and light fruit.
T - This is mellow amber ale spiced with a dusting of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice (I don't know that for a fact, that's just what I'm getting). There is a nice mellow cherry note that I picked up in the nose also, and I like it for that little addition but this is relatively boring despite it's easy to like flavor. The spruce tips add a lively minty note that I like, and it really adds to the Christmassy wintertime feel of this brew.
M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, this hides it's beefy 6.4% ABV quite well. Carbonation is mellow and silky smooth, and the finish is fruity and just a tad dry with a ending flourish of mellow floral hops.
D - This is a good session brew that might pair well with fruitcake (I don't care what anyone says, I loves me some fruitcake). Lightly spiced, mellow on the hops (they are there for sure, but not the star of the show), and focused on a fruity Christmas cheer flavor combined with tingly menthol-like spruce. Worth a try for the spruce uniqueness aspect, and worth going back to for that minty-fresh, almost hoppy quality of the spruce.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2009 05:54:39 | More by pmcadamis
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