Alaskan Winter Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
good
840 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:
840
Reviews:
364
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.7%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
107
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 840 |  Reviews: 364
Photo of V1per41
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SamuelR
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cdragos
2.29/5  rDev -37.3%
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 +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amvrana
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drews240
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of monorailred
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raime
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjurney
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of nikkykallas
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Love the spruce tips

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Photo of Spacedog666
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: The best thing about this beer. Amber in color. There was head... for about 2 minutes. It disappeared very quickly. No lacing at all.
Smell: There is a faint and dulled scent of Spruce... sort of. It mostly smells like PBR with some herbs.
Taste: Again, PBR with some herbs.
Feel: Slightly carbonated. Light bodied.
Overall: I was very disappointed with this beer. It was not at all what I was hoping for. Could be made a little bit more bitter and the Spruce taste needs to pop out at me more.

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Photo of fizzician
1.83/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tried this after seeing the positive reviews and was very disappointed. Very sweet, tastes like raspberries; looks and smells like apple cider. Weird after taste, too.

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Photo of Josholson666
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of inpherno
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On the red side of orange, Alaskan Winter had me smelling banana from the moment I popped the top. While there is little in the way of head or mouthfeel, this old ale has a fantastic banana nut-raisin bread flavor & the use of spruce brings vanilla notes. This is a light & refreshing winter seasonal that's very easy to drink.
(Best before 04/04/16, drunk 11/13/15)

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Photo of puck1225
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very brief head, no lacing. Smell is malty and a bit sweet. Taste is no bad. Sweet fruit and some pleasant spice flavors.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A : Honey colored body with 80% transparency. Cap is popcorn colored and 2 fingers tall, leaving webs of lacing as it recedes.

S : Lots of fruit, namely plums and figs, with some grapefruit and pumpkin spice. A good bready malt backbone with a balance of noble hops included in the nose here.

T : Sticky and sweet...scotch, caramel, baked syrup/sap, candied figs, with a bunch of barley malt and a hint of spruce/grapefruit. Some pumpkin and fried squash are also tasted. It's a bit sickly sweet for me, and this is coming from a guy who can down Redd's all day. It's a different kind of sweet - sticky and syrupy, with an attempt of grapefruit to try to balance it, yet all it adds is a piece of fruit into an already sweet body.

F : Creamy and dense, mild to moderate carbonation pricking up through the density. It ends wet and calculated.

O : I was expecting a bitter beer, but I was surprised at the sweetness of this one. It's not bad, but it's not phenomenal. I'd say if you want to try something different for wintertime, this would be an easy ticket.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Marked best by 4/4/16. Pours a transparent amber with a big two finger head. Smells of malt and spruce. Light mouthfeel with a rich malt, hop, and spruce flavor. One of my all-time favorites. I love the spruce tips in this one and have only tasted one or two other beers that are even remotely like it.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of nuebs
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of uccle81
2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

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

One of my favorite seasonal beers, sweet and sugary.

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Alaskan Winter Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 840 ratings.
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