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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

737 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 30
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sbanacho
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigRedDog
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gemini6
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fluffmeister
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Myotus
3.58/5  rDev -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
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewqueno
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.86/5  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
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vermilcj
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice drinkable old ale for a cold evening.

Photo of elprofe
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J_Dub
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Danmullens1
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaysauras
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

L: Pours a light orange, amber color with a rather thin soapy head to it. Looks almost like a glass of green tea at first glance. Small champagne like bubbles pool on the bottom and gently float to the top which was a nice thing to gaze upon. Little to no lace upon drinking.

S: faint floral smell with a touch of honey sweetness. There is a fruity citrus to it as well which certainly comes from the noble hops.

T: The taste is fairly remarkable, especially since I was expecting a more complex old ale style. Be that as it may I won't take away from it as if I were comparing it to a standard old ale. Where the smell and the look was a bit on the flat side, the taste is very pleasant. There's a nice crisp caramelly sweetness that hits you up front, followed by a combo of honey, citrus jams , buttered biscuit, and of course, spruce. I thought at first that the spruce tips were just going to be a bit of a gimmick, but you can taste them in the middle portion of the sip and they brought a very unique flavor to the brew. I love the finish on it which is where you really taste the old ale style. There is a slight warming of alcohol followed by a bit of berry and malts.

F: It's crisp and refreshing. Very light on and bubbly on the tongue and definitely a beer you could have two or three of without growing tired of.

O: It isn't the most appealing of brews at first glance by scent or sight. However, the flavor is unique and it is a very drinkable beer overall. I was kind of thrown for a loop with it being classified as an old ale (think Hibernation ale by Great Divide), which are generally darker, fruitier, and more complex. This drinks like a Kolsch or Summer ale almost with a slight hint of more wintery oriented brews. Great taste, but lacking in the overall niceties you want from an all-around strong old ale. The characteristics are there, but not enough in my opinion. For my first Alaskan beer though, I am fairly satisfied and could easily drink a few of them in one sitting. Will have to check out more of their selection.

Photo of Kuaff
4.51/5  rDev +22.2%

Approximately cellar temperature, assuredly in my snifter.

Well the head is sorta nothin' and disappears to nearly nothin'. The color is pretty, however. A radiant, rich golden amber.

Smells pleasantly of honey, marmalade, white bread, cloves, and ginger. Also a tinge of cinnamon and some sweet, fruity citrus.

The flavor again hits with the honey and marmalade, transitioning oh so nicely into this blend of kinda tangy orange, sweet and yeasty bread, and lightly bitter hops. The finish gets a little astringent and resiny and is where I feel the spruce tips might be making their mark. Well-put-together!

Its feel is hangin' out in the medium to full zone, which works well here.

Very nice. While I wasn't sure at first, I also pick up on tartness that really reminds me of wild Alaskan blueberries (which I'm very familiar with) in both aroma and taste. I don't don't know where it's coming from, but I like it. Overall, this is an ale that doesn't overpower in any area, but is balanced and integrated as well as unique. Subtlety is key, using only the tips, and not the whole tree!

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Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.