Alaskan Winter Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
box calls this an old ale brewed with spruce tips.
pours a good clear burnt sienna color in my unibroue tulip glass. The off-white head had the larger bubbles and more meringue consistency, but it completely disappeared in just a few moments. No ring, nothin.
odor is faint, but softly fruity and piney from the spruce. it's nice, just wish it were a bit more powerful. Good body, just thick enough but not flabby. the taste has some sweet currant flavor-- a nice light maltiness with the spruce and hops giving it a nice tartness and crispness. light and lively overall, with some alcohol notes of spicy pepper that come through with the herbal, piney flavors.
this beer is subtle and i like it. definitely some similar characteristics to Alba, another spruce tip-spiced beer. would be fun to sit down with the two of them together. The only thing that i find a bit questionable is the aftertaste, which sits on the back of my tongue with a sappy, someone astringent feeling. just keep drinking and it doesn't bring you down, tho. ;)
i like this beer a lot better than a lot of the other winter offerings i've had this year. not so roasty, rich or hoppy as the offerings ive had from deschutes, pyramid and full sail-- instead, like SN celebration it goes for a brighter taste, and i'm appreciating that this year. seems happy rather than plodding. not sure if it exactly fits in the old ale style, but a fun beer. At 6.4% it's serious enough to qualify as a winter warmer, but the light fruity taste keeps it quaffable.
goods: light, fruity taste, enjoyable pine spice that adds some sweet, tart and spicy character
bads: no head to speak of, aroma could be stronger, aftertaste doesn't stand up to the rest of the beer
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2004 08:03:40 | More by studentofbeer
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