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Alaskan Winter Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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658 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 23
Gots: 22 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2001)
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

dvdhrns, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

redleg411, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

shelby415, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Wetpaperbag, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

TubbyDullard, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jharkins07, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Thin, nearly clear head. No retention. Some minimal spotty lacing. Cloudy orange-amber color with bits and pieces floating about. Not great appearance.

S- Medium malts, orange and other citrusy notes and some spruce smells. Fairly decent smell.

T- Full bodied flavor, overly sweet though. Taste like pine sap almost. Intentional? I can't tell. Nothing bad, nothing good.

M- Decent carbonation, wet and lighter bodied.

O- I probably wouldn't grab this one again. Not special enough and the sweet flavor is off-putting.

Murrhey, Feb 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

r0gueleader, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +8.7%

CoryR, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of mwbeerman
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear, golden amber, carbonated, and with a small amount of head that disappears before I can blink. I can smell the esther from across the room. Incredibally sweet aromas, bready malt, and SPRUCE!! That spruce sentiment carries over into the flavors, bringing a candy flavor into the profile that is unique. While being very rich, this beer is really balanced, and definitely warming. A nice spice in the profile, and plenty of malt to fill the belly. The bitter aftertaste compliments the malty/esther flavor of the initial taste.

Personally, I would have liked more body, but the rich flavors, great malty/spicy tango, and incredibly unique spruce flavors makes this another beer that will be keeping me warm through the harsh winters of MN.

mwbeerman, Jan 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

inbierveritas, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

savagepm, Jan 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

poppyjohn, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

livingtodie, Jan 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

adgrant, Jan 23, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

bigbeers84, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Blargimus
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into wine glass (really need to get a snifter). Best before 4/14/2012.

Pours a crystal-clear brownish gold color. Half a finger of head that disappears almost immediately, leaving absolutely no lacing and no visible carbonation. Not the best-looking beer - looks almost like whiskey sitting in the glass.

I don't really know how to describe this smell. It's maltier than it is hoppy, but the exact proportion is difficult to tell. I don't smell any spruce nibs, but there's a strange fruitiness with a hint of alcohol. I can't properly describe it, but I do like it.

Malt, malt, malt. Just enough bitterness to balance it out, but not enough to distinguish what sort of hops. I detect maybe a hint of pine. The fruitiness from the smell is in the aftertaste - it seems like blueberry, which is strange for a winter beer but not unpleasant.

Medium body. Much more carbonated than it appears. Not overwhelming, and not enough to make it creamy, but enough to be noticeable.

My first beer from Alaskan Brewing Co., and not a bad one. It's not going to touch Odell Isolation, but it's solid.

Blargimus, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

smogfood, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

cougarbait, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

TrojanWheels, Jan 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

gkunkle, Jan 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

sukwonee, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Huffaroma, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Very Christmasy red-orange hue. Good thickness as well and crystalline carbonation. Nice layer of foam. I will give high points since it fits the season.

Smell: Very malty as I recall. Honestly don't remember much about this. It was good though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very peppery, with a nice fruity balance. Mostly dark fruit. Maybe some cinnamon here? Overall hop bitterness is a bit unnecessary due to the pepper.

Drinkability: Good beer that I wish I could find again.

tjsdomer2, Jan 13, 2012
Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.