Alaskan Winter Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

842 Ratings
Alaskan Winter AleAlaskan Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

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

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Ratings: 842 |  Reviews: 364
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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Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Junichi
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of COR8RFAN
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LaniG
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love anything with spruce or fir tips. This one is very well done

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Photo of Mnmich7662
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rorjets
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bigb007
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of red94tt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan Brewing's Winter Ale a few weeks ago at The Lager Mill for $1.69. I've been meaning to try this one, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design and it's a little eye catching. It poured an amber orange color that took on more of a orange color when held to the light with a little half a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that eventually faded away and it left some a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish the head and retention were better.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with a woody and spruce aroma being the first to show up and it goes into a fruity yeast aroma with some stonefruit aromas showing up along with a little more sweetness that goes into the malts with some grainy, bready and caramel malt aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it lives up to it's name.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the spruce being the first to show up, but it quickly goes into those fruity yeast aspects that I got in the aroma, it's a little cherry like, but there is still some stonefruit coming through. Up next comes a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers just a little with some more spruce and fruity flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, no flavor is too overpowering.

M- Fairly smooth, on the lighter side of being lighter bodied, a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and good example of the style, it reminds me of Short's juicy tree, but it isn't nearly as intense. This beer had nice drinkability, I think one would be the perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer is that no aspect was to overpowering. What I like the least about this beer is that it wasn't just a little less bitter. I would buy this beer again next year and I would recommend it if you like spruce and piney beers. All in all I was happy with this one, it was kind of like a juicy tree light and I liked how all the key flavors were there, but no super intense. It's not a favorite Alaskan beer, but it's a little above average for the style, good job guys this is a tasty beer.

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Photo of Slim_720
1.85/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Metalsnota
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave2234
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BryantForestry
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slacroix
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dunkelnacht
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twb0392
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tbryan5
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have not had much from Alaskan Brewing Co. but this was a very pleasant ale. Nice winter spices with a malty backbone to complement the spices and slight hop bitterness.

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Photo of akolb
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed 1/8/25. Best by 3/3/16.
Look: Clear dark amber with thin, foamy head that quickly loses momentum. A suggestion of blood. 3/5
A: Far off pine trees. Clean, like stainless steel. Subdued malts. Nothing that grabs the nose. 3.25/5
T: Caramel and sweetness. Menthol and spice. The excitement is not there, but pleases the tongue. 3.5/5
M: Thin. Medium-low carbonation. Unfulfilling. 2.75/5
O: Uncomplicated. An easy drinking beer. Tastes better than it smells. The thin mouthfeel distracts. Drinkable, but I would not buy it again as there as multitudes of more interesting winter beers out there. 3.25/5

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Photo of brett606
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 842 ratings.
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