Alaskan Winter Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Winter AleAlaskan Winter Ale
BA SCORE
3.68/5
842 Ratings
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:
#30,631
Reviews:
364
Ratings:
842
pDev:
13.59%
Bros Score:
3.75
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
110
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 842 |  Reviews: 364
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

Photo of gandres
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 12 ounce poured to wine glass
Sight: Amber, hazy, small foam
Smell: fragrant, grains
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation, creamy, sweet follow through, long finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, but not look for
drank: Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:07 PM

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/20/17:

I will probably re-review a much fresher batch I just picked up, soon!

Semi-opaque copper-amber, with particles in various sizes in suspension. Head is a light tan, filmy, watery, but long-lasting. Caramel, toffee, frozen berries, alcohol on the nose. Caramel and toast, some nuttiness, and light spice/bitterness that seems like it could be the spruce and the noble hops. It’s good but not extremely piney. Medium-bodied, creamy and almost nitrous with fine, abundant carbonation.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
1.4/5  rDev -62%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

L: flat looking, thin head, red amber body, not what you expect for A winter warmer.
A: malt, dark fruit
F: heavy but feels like brewer didn't put much effort into it
T: like it smells malty and dark fruit but boozy excessively boozy, and 6.4 abv, fine if it's 9% or more but it's 6.4. Also has cider taste.
O: expected more winter spice, spruce, pine taste. Was moreso a strong Belgian ale with weak abv something I'll never buy again glad I only got 1. Not smooth, unbalanced. Almost undrinkable but I drank it any way because if i bought it i'm going to drink it. But I strongly recommend on passing it and never trying.

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Photo of BrewNoob1
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PearlyGates
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6pck of this from Meijer. It poured a clear copper with almost non-existent think head that is not lacing. The scent was hint of pine and white grape. The taste was slightly malty with a white grape like flare. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jodio
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sokol_1993
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It aspires to be up there with the other old ales, and there is some complexity, but it still has a long way to go.

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Photo of Maillard
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KnappStout
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IDABEERGUY
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lupigrant
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbaz
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elec
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 842 ratings
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