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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Photo of LaniG
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
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 -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rorjets
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bigb007
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of red94tt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 -49.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Metalsnota
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave2234
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BryantForestry
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slacroix
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dunkelnacht
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twb0392
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of tbryan5
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -10.6%
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 -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dertyd
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Myotus
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured at 51°F from a 12oz bottle (best by date 21Mar15) into a snifter.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter fingers worth of off-white foam that shrivels into a partial line within 40 seconds. Rising bubbles are medium in size and are so scarce, that I can count them rising. Has a nice and clean copper color to it. There is no lacing.
SMELL: Strong aromas of tree nuts entangle with mild aromas of raisins, prunes, toffee, and caramel along with subtle earthy and spicy hop aromas. The spruce tips that the bottle says it is brewed with can barely be detected.
TASTE: Strong tree nut flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by strong raisin and prune flavors. Strong flavors of toffee and mild flavors of caramel, spicy hops, and earthy hops continue this symphony of taste. Subtle flavors of spruce enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for tree nuts, which fade to mild.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated (where were all the bubbles, though?). Goes down smooth. Finishes with a subtle dryness. A slight alcohol warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: As beer warms, spruce flavors become slightly more apparent. A very well balanced beer. I would like to have tasted more spruce, but everything else was great.

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Photo of V1per41
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Kroger.

A clear copper pour with a thin off white head with decent retention, this looks great. The nose is subdued with a blend of kettle caramelized English malts and some spruce. A little burnt sugar, toffee and butterscotch are present. The palate opens with a clean English hop character, earthy, mildly woodsy with pleasant bitterness. This is followed by a robust malt flavor on a distressingly thin body. Burnt sugar, toffee, a touch of wet campfire smoke even, all complemented nicely by the spruce. Unfortunately, the body is a little too thin to pull this off. The finish is clean and mildly hoppy with a firming bitterness and a wet, woodsy note. Solid stuff.

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Photo of KISSFR33K
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 860 ratings
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