Alaskan Winter Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Winter AleAlaskan Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,366
Reviews:
372
Ratings:
862
pDev:
13.59%
Bros Score:
3.75
 
 
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Ratings: 862 |  Reviews: 372
Photo of tigg924
4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, dark orange in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is blackberry, juniper, toasted malt, and light spruce. Very light bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Amazing winter ale. May be up there with my favorite winter seasonals. Unique, different, and delicious. Should have ordered a full case instead of just a six.

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Photo of sjrider
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber color with minimal white head and lacing. Nose is slightly sour and malty. Taste is surprisingly sweet and not at all what I expected. Not sure what to compare this to. Interesting but too sweet for me.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of annp1022
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjb27
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rarigney
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jared40
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried this for the first time. This is actually my first ever beer from this brewery. Boy this is a great beer great winter seasonal. Comes out a light auburn color with some head smell is of a winter getting hints of caramel as well and I love it. Beer has a crisp taste to it. This beer is a great winter seasonal that isn't too heavy and very easy to drink.

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Demi
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of G-R-Fracassa
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of nrbw23
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of faatcase
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schoolboy
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a safe to drink, but far from a treat. This style is tough to make "nice."

It pours burnt orange with an inconsistent head. The aroma is kind of strong and malty. The taste? Where's the spruce? It's mostly malty. It's not as nasty as some of the style, but kind of boring.

Not recommended, You have better things to drink.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting one, not even sure if they make it every year, some winters I don't see it. Auburn in color, this is like that level between brown ale and old ale. Good clarity. Off white to beige head 1/4". Aroma had the dark fruit thing going for it. Maybe its the label, but I got a good amount of tree out of the nose too.

Taste brought even more tree. Spruce? Some caramel and toffee at play here. I dunno if I can call it creamy with the sting of alcohol and dark fruit bitterness that are hanging throughout the entire beer. Sure there is a little bit of sweetness, but it isn't enough to bring it to a place of balance that would make me call it smooth or creamy. For me, this beer could be improved by changing something about the yeast, temperature or otherwise, just didn't need that dark fruit aspect of it.

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Photo of ckornmannn
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle: transparent, Amber color. Spruce on the nose, the very small of winter, my favorite part of this beer. Head is pretty thin and dissipates quickly. Good amount of carbonation though. Malty and sprucey.

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Photo of LetsgoAs9
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

6pack glass purchased from Rosauers in Hood River, OR

Intense creamy mouthfeel quite carbonated with strong aftertaste of sweetness and alcohol - a great winter ale indeed - light hop profile, heavy spruce at the end - a comforting ale for a cold afternoon in southern Washington

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Photo of jonnydas
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It is a very good east coast winter beer. Malty, on the sweet side, with the just right hops bite. A nice orange. Very worthy IMO. I've not been a fan of Alaskan brews but this one is exceptional I think.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davidward
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice winter warmer, nothing else.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter, the appearance was a nice mahogany color with a thin finger's worth of white foamy head that softly dissipated to leave some messy semi-stringy lace that quickly slid into the beer.
The aroma had a soft sweet cherry flesh up front playing with some clean caramel/toffee malts and then some juniper needle fresh sweetness came about to enliven a light dark biscuit/breadiness.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side of the prior mentioned aromas. Clean sweet dark malty aftertaste, touch of grassiness and the juniper here.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a clean sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate as brewed by the brewer.
Overall, pretty nice old ale, not sure if the cherry sweetness was intentional but it definitely went well with the rest of the make up of the beer. Also, this with some smoked salmon is practically heaven sent to my belly.

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Photo of BellinghamBiker
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stout_Scout
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 862 ratings