Alaskan Winter Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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2.9/5 rDev -21.2%
From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Best by 2014-03-08 stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass
Alaskan's Winter Ale is a surprisingly mild mix of pale malts, European hops, and light yeast character. The spruce tips are present, but fairly subdued along with the rest of the flavors. Not bad, but this is a fairly simple beer that could be brewed fairly easy at home. The malts are not particularly prominent or complex, along with the rest of the flavors and aromas. Not one I'd get again.
Pours a 0.5cm tall head of white foam, made up of medium-sized bubbles, creating a dish-soap like appearance. Retention is poor, the foam lasting less than thirty seconds in a decline to a thin ring around around the perimeter of the glass. Beer's body is a dark golden orange to copper color, with light bringing out a pale orange hue throughout the body. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate-high in number, similarly active.
Aroma is of light minerals and yeast with slight pale malt sweetness. In general, rather underwhelming.
Overall flavor is of light yeast, mild bread-like and pale caramel sweetness, low and clean hop bitterness with a slightly woodsy edge, and a bit of citrus from hops and/or spruce tips. Front of palate tastes light minerals, light pale and low lovibond caramel malt sweetness, and a touch of tartness and lemony flavor from hop and spruce tip usage. Mid-palate tastes pale base malt with a bit of light caramel-like sweetness, faintly woodsy hops, and a bit of tartness and dull fruity lemon from the inclusion of spruce tips. Aftertaste is lightly tart with hints of spruce-like lemon, a bit of pale and caramel malt sweetness, light lingering bitterness, and mild yeast.
Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is partly foamy (2/5) and otherwise smooth (3/5). This is an appropriate and fine feeling for this type of ale. Closes semi-dry, with light to moderate stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.
01-20-2014 19:40:57 | More by falloutsnow
3.41/5 rDev -7.3%
Winter Ale pours a darker copper color with a small non lacing head. There is a very sweet fruity and piney aroma. The taste has a sharp malt backbone, lots of pine, citrus flavors; sweet. A bit too sweet, and a little too flat. Overall it is pretty sweet, and fruity, the spruce tips make it unique.
01-10-2014 01:35:05 | More by vette2006c5r
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
Clear amber with about one finger of off white head. No lacing.
Smell is big sweet caramel malt.
Taste is sweet caramel malts with a tiny bitter hop or spruce tip bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with proper carbonation.
Overall a nice Amber Ale. You must like sweet beers.
01-09-2014 08:19:18 | More by Spikester
3.56/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours amber to copper with a thin lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.
The smell is of caramel with light spruce.
The taste is of sweet caramel. Mild spruce tips and mild hops give it balance in the finish. Slight alcohol warmth shows.
It is on the fuller side of medium bodied. It's pretty smooth.
Spicing not to heavy, which works fine.
When I was taking notes on it I thought it was a winter warmer, but looking back it could be stretched to fit in with old ale, as styles are open to interpretation. Whatever the case, it makes a nice winter ale.
01-08-2014 23:30:32 | More by jwc215
3.46/5 rDev -6%
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.
01-03-2014 01:51:41 | More by NeedBeerHere
3.28/5 rDev -10.9%
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).
12-24-2013 01:44:09 | More by mhaugo
Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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