Alaskan Winter Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
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838 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
Ratings:
838
Reviews:
363
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.7%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
105
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 838 |  Reviews: 363
Photo of Stout_Scout
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gandres
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.6%
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 -61.6%
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 -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PearlyGates
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jodio
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sokol_1993
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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 +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KnappStout
2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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

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

Photo of IDABEERGUY
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lupigrant
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbaz
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elec
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nunya
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 3/6/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing orange with a subtle haze, but still has nice clarity; small off-white head that fades leaving okay retention and little lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Lots of caramel and toffee. Bread and crackers are there with some hints of orange. I'm not really picking up on the spruce tips. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Strong malt backbone. More caramel and toffee leading the way. Hints of corn along with more fresh bread. More hints of citrus. Lots of fresh grass giving it an earthiness and a subtle bitterness. The spruce tips are mild and hard to pick up. It's not sweet at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter and thinner side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid winter brew. It's not flashy and I personally wish the spruce shined a bit more, but it's still enjoyable and fitting for this time of year.

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Photo of Cheesyd64
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TomH57
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I poured some of this amber medium-bodied old ale from a 12 oz bottle into a small sampling glass. The head was off-white and dissipated quickly. The beer itself has a distinct sweet taste, which I suspect may be from the spruce tips. Its smell was a sweet smell infused with hops.
Overall, Alaskan Brewing Co's Winter Ale definitely made me feel as if I was in Alaska. Visiting Alaska is now on my bucket-list (along with a tour of Alaskan Brewing Co). This beer's peculiar sweetness is its strongest feature. It was well worth buying and I will definitely buy it again.

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Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 838 ratings.
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