Alaskan Winter Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in the tradition of an English Olde Ale, Alaskan Winter pours a clear amber with some orange tint as well. A creamy half-inch of off-white head caps this brew and spotty lace clings to the side of the glass. A lot of aromas are going on in this beer, some hard to pin down, we came up with sweet caramel, pine sap, and some citrus. Bready malts intermingle with the spruce tip flavors, with a good balance achieved with slight hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied, and tongue prickling carbonation round out this tasty Winter seasonal. Always a favorite come the coldest season.


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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to immobilisme for the bottle. Cheers!

Bright copper color with only a ring of bubbles from an aggressive pour. Not a hint of lacing.

Nice but very slight spruce aroma..but not a strong nose. The flavor is nicely balanced between bready malts and spruce with a bit of spicy hops and a mildly bitter, dry finish.

Medium body with a good carbonation.

Nice use of spruce. I was glad to have tried this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Thin, nearly clear head. No retention. Some minimal spotty lacing. Cloudy orange-amber color with bits and pieces floating about. Not great appearance.

S- Medium malts, orange and other citrusy notes and some spruce smells. Fairly decent smell.

T- Full bodied flavor, overly sweet though. Taste like pine sap almost. Intentional? I can't tell. Nothing bad, nothing good.

M- Decent carbonation, wet and lighter bodied.

O- I probably wouldn't grab this one again. Not special enough and the sweet flavor is off-putting.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear, golden amber, carbonated, and with a small amount of head that disappears before I can blink. I can smell the esther from across the room. Incredibally sweet aromas, bready malt, and SPRUCE!! That spruce sentiment carries over into the flavors, bringing a candy flavor into the profile that is unique. While being very rich, this beer is really balanced, and definitely warming. A nice spice in the profile, and plenty of malt to fill the belly. The bitter aftertaste compliments the malty/esther flavor of the initial taste.

Personally, I would have liked more body, but the rich flavors, great malty/spicy tango, and incredibly unique spruce flavors makes this another beer that will be keeping me warm through the harsh winters of MN.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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