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Alaskan Winter Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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:
#31,481
Reviews:
369
Ratings:
852
pDev:
13.59%
Bros Score:
3.75
 
 
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42
Gots:
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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

Photo of KELDADDIO
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

Photo of SamuelR
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cdragos
2.29/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Oh no! What happened to this awesomly delicious beer? I even asked the owner or brewer at the great American Beer Fest when it would be released this year. I hyped it up at my local liquor store to the clerks. There is no pine smell or taste whatsoever. Did global warming wipe out all spruce trees in Alaska? This years' offering reminds me of a weak Fat Tire Ale.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amvrana
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drews240
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of monorailred
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raime
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjurney
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Amber color, clear. Highly carbonated. Small head.

Aroma:
Sweet malts, caramel, bready, a little citrusy and piney.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Rich malts, bready, biscuit, caramel, lightly roasted. Fruity character, mostly black cherries. Hint of pine (I guess that's the spruce). A bit of citrus hops towards the end. Finish is very crisp and clean. Full bodied, very crisp, refreshing, highly drinkable, very nice carbonation.

Overall:
It's well made English-style old ale. Alaskan did a great job on this beer!

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Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 852 ratings
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