Winter Ale
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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From:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
Old Ale
Ranked #52
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,259
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 13.59%
Reviews:
379
Ratings:
509
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 09:56 PM
Added:
Nov 03, 2001
Wants:
  45
Gots:
  126
SCORE
83
Good
Winter AleWinter Ale
Notes: English Olde Ale. Traditionally malty with the warming sensation of alcohol, Olde Ales are brewed in the fall as winter warmers.

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.

Alaskan Winter is made from glacier-fed water, Sitka spruce tips and a generous blend of the finest quality European and Pacific Northwest hop varieties and specialty malts. Our water originates in the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice Field and from the more than 90 inches of rainfall we receive each year.

22 IBU
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium orange color with a strong off white head. SRM of 12. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of dark fruit, blackberries, sweet grape with some chocolate. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong flavors of dark fruit, blackberries with some sweet grape and chocolate underneath. Bready malts and malty.

Feel: Medium-bodied, smooth, bready, malty mouthfeel. (

Compared to Deschutes Jubedale 11/2022: Pours lighter, stronger aromas. More dark bread malt and chocolate. Less pine and citrus bitterness. Smoother and breadier.

Compared to New Belgium Holiday Ale 11/2022: Pours lighter, stronger aromas. More dark bread malt and chocolate. Less cranberry and cinnamon. Smoother and maltier.

Overall: A very nice and drinkable Winter Warmer. Nice dark bread and chocolate flavors. Malty, but not too sweet and lower ABV so drinkable. I don't appreciate as much from the spruce tips as this one leans more malty than spiced. Enjoyable. (Rating: 3.99+)
Yesterday at 09:56 PM
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a light copper color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of grasses and wheat. Taste is full of fall spices and malts. Sweet and refreshing.
Nov 07, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Lots of sediment, smells like beer and spruce, taste is bitter with sweet malt and spruce/hops battling it out for the aftertaste. Very easy to drink, with a bitter pine aftertaste that isn't just hops
Nov 02, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The tips are there and it has a decent malt flavor, I mainly enjoy the crushability of this beer, the lower abv makes it a smidge easier to drink a couple more of these than say some of the sprice tip IPA'S. I would have this again
Oct 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.84 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

May 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by evanwoertz from California

Apr 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Apr 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.58 by craigbelly from Iowa

Jan 21, 2020
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Rated by procession7 from Netherlands

3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
This beer was flat! Little to no carbonation. Very disappointed.
Dec 23, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle. Label is stamped 'BEST BY 030920 A23'.
Amber colored body, with a bit of murky clarity. Engenders a skiff of off white head. Leaves rings and spots of lacing.
Aroma is malty with berry and spruce.
Taste is thick with toasted malt and a sweet bitterness from the spruce. Hops come through in the last half.
Thinner than medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
A malty and spruce beer that is a reminder of an evergreen forest in the winter. The spruce makes it somewhat crisp.
Dec 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by MacStinson from Michigan

Dec 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours clear and honey-amber with a fast-subsiding head but decent lacing.

The aromas are mild and caramel-malt forward, with only hints of herb and the top-billed spruce.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with solid caramel malt flavor that expands to bread, biscuit, yeast, and candi-sugar in mid stream. It's here that the herbal and spruce flavors arrive, along with some subtle fruity notes. The brew finishes with some excellent but restrained floral, grassy, and earthy hops. Although skewed somewhat sweet and malty, this is consistent with the style, and the hops provide excellent balance.

The brew is just beyond medium, and lighter than expected. Solid carbonation and finish.

This is a sneaky-good brew. It's flavors and aromas are restrained, especially for the style, but they are very well-balanced and harmonious, and fit inside a very-drinkable feel.
Oct 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by 1mrbeer from Ohio

Oct 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.68 by TPHuth from Ohio

Feb 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

Aug 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.71 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Jul 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Jun 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.91 by Furlinator from California

Jun 23, 2018
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

1.98/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - Brownish amber and clear. No head or visual carbonation at all. Very still.

Smell - Caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, resin, rubber. Smells more like a candle than a beer.

Taste - Like licking a Christmas tree covered in cleaning chemicals. Not pleasant.

Feel - Flat and thick, makes the bad taste linger for far too long.

Overall - Focus too much on the holiday and not enough on the beer. Hard to get through.
Jun 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.8 by PatGreer from Massachusetts

Apr 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.46 by casapy from Idaho

Apr 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by elglueckert from Montana

Feb 27, 2018
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Rated by nunitn from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Alot of taste but goes down like an ale. Stay away if you don't appreciate sour. Cheers!
Feb 22, 2018
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.
Feb 18, 2018
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

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.
Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.48 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Jan 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.68 by annp1022 from California

Dec 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.28 by tjb27 from Minnesota

Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.72 by rarigney from Washington

Dec 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Jared40 from Colorado

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.
Dec 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.51 by firkingroovin from Illinois

Dec 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.47 by Demi from Minnesota

Dec 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.34 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 10, 2017
 
Rated: 2.83 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Dec 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.38 by G-R-Fracassa from Michigan

Dec 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.79 by nrbw23 from Ohio

Nov 24, 2017
Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 888 ratings