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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

638 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 20
Gots: 19 | 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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joh02034

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-07-2014 03:01:37 | More by joh02034
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evergreen_machine

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

01-07-2014 00:30:40 | More by evergreen_machine
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours out a translucent maroon in color with a small white head with little retention. Smell is of dark fruits, sweet sugar, dark malts, with a tad of orange. The components in the are pretty subdued but present. Taste is basically what was in the nose except a tad more malty and there is a tad of bitterness. The tastes are all quite subdued as they were in the nose. Mouthfeel is semi-thin which seems reasonable for the style. Overall this is a decent beer not is it anything too great. It's pretty good but I like my winter beers in a different style.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 01:51:41 | More by NeedBeerHere
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-01-2014 01:20:59 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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Drew26

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-29-2013 03:28:34 | More by Drew26
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-28-2013 23:47:14 | More by BillRoth
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kds2437

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-28-2013 16:06:54 | More by kds2437
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-26-2013 02:31:18 | More by Kappakoosh
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-25-2013 01:54:48 | More by cjgiant
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Asics

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-24-2013 08:37:26 | More by Asics
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mhaugo

California

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle decanted into a tulip. 6.4% ABV.

Appearance: Brilliant bronze, no head whatsoever (4/5).

Aroma: That spruce comes out quick. Smells like a hike in the forest. I also get a touch of honey and maple syrup (3.5/5).

Taste: Cherry Kool-Aid? Wow… that’s an unexpected flavor. As my palette acclimates to the sweetness, I start picking up a little vanilla and honey. All of that is followed by a whisper of floral hops. Everything is very quiet behind that healthy sweetness (3/5).

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation. I get a touch of alcohol heat on my exhale. It might benefit from a little more body, but it’s not bad (3.75/5).

Overall: This is a fairly nice beer. The local spruce is a nice twist, but it may be a little sweet for my taste. That artificial cherry flavor is kind of unexpected and bizarre. Thankfully the sweetness doesn’t hang heavy on my tongue, but I definitely would not order a second round. If repeat orders are the measure of a successful pint, I guess this one has failed. But I certainly don’t regret purchasing this single bottle, and may consider another one next year (3.25/5).

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:44:09 | More by mhaugo
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-23-2013 05:25:08 | More by NYR_Rob
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DeeMalloy

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-21-2013 06:31:23 | More by DeeMalloy
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ChrisKuhns

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-20-2013 18:27:41 | More by ChrisKuhns
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Oelschlager

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-20-2013 04:30:05 | More by Oelschlager
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-20-2013 03:31:05 | More by Texasfan549
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chadski

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-18-2013 04:42:17 | More by chadski
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AleEvangelist

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-16-2013 01:29:07 | More by AleEvangelist
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minterro

Colorado

2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A&S: Mildly lively translucent murky orange/yellow. Very thin head and dies to nothing. Very malty in the aroma. Some raisins and caramel present.

T&M: Similar to the aroma: lots of maltness with some caramel. Very non-descript. Mildly bitter in the finish. Crisp but moderately smooth. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: I really don't understand how this beer could be an old ale. If anything it's a winter warmer, but it doesn't really fit anything in particular. This beer is by far the worst old ale I've ever had, it not an awful beer, just an awful old ale. It doesn't have any real dark fruit presents or alcohol intensity.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:01:58 | More by minterro
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lostgrrl666

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-13-2013 14:54:55 | More by lostgrrl666
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randeezy74

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-12-2013 04:11:18 | More by randeezy74
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bigpoppa67

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-12-2013 02:54:37 | More by bigpoppa67
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Danegerous123

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-11-2013 10:34:01 | More by Danegerous123
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brewbattles

California

3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

We did a blind taste test between this and 4 other Winter Seasonals to objectively determine which one was best. They beers were: Deschutes Jubelale, Anderson Valley Boont Winter Solstice, Big Sky Powder Hound, Alaskan Winter Ale, and Redhook Winterhook. Check it out:

http://youtu.be/TJowachG1no

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 13:49:19 | More by brewbattles
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Hoganlaw

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-08-2013 03:55:28 | More by Hoganlaw
Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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