Alaskan Winter Ale | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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3.68/5
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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:
#31,852
Reviews:
370
Ratings:
860
pDev:
13.59%
Bros Score:
3.75
 
 
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Ratings: 860 |  Reviews: 370
Photo of beerrooster
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mike22
4.92/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is a bright copper
Smell is caramel with hints of evergreen.
Taste is malty, medium roasted hops with a sweet caramel finish
Mouthfeel seems to be better as the beer warms up, in fact the beer does better the warmer it is, maybe due to the fact it is an English style Ale.

Overall this is one of my favorite easy to get, not over priced brews.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Philousa
2.07/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden color, bubbly without much foam sticking around on top. Thick caramel syrup and amber malt aroma, a bit of some pine in there and a hint of too-sweet bread. Pale malt flavor starts things off then, out of nowhere, blueberries. The blueberry flavor is pretty prevalent and I might be mistaking it for the pine needle flavor they were trying for. I get some bitter piney flavor too. This is a thick, syrupy beer and is a bit undercarbonated.

I used to like this beer years ago when I was first getting into the craft beer scene. I remember the pine flavor being prevalent but not overpowering. But this most recent tasting was very different. The prevailing flavor was cough syrupish. I hope that this is due to a recipe change and they go back to the original, because if it's my taste buds that are to blame for this reversal in flavor then all hope is lost for this beer.

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Photo of beefandbean22
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of morimech
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper color with a good one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Not getting much from the aroma. A little fruit and toffee.

What the hell is the flavor suppose to be? Blueberries is all I can taste. Tastes like a summer fruit flavored wheat ale. Nothing like I expected. Very sweet. Where is the spruce?

The mouthfeel is easily the best part of the beer. Not quite medium bodied and nicely carbonated. I actually enjoyed the texture.

Should be advertised and labeled as a fruit flavored beer and take spruce off the label. Then I would of never bought a six pack of this. Not enjoying the flavor.

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Photo of tewaris
2.24/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

"IPA colored", clear with ok head, retention and lacing. Not much of an aroma except cheap candy like notes that the taste also suffers from. Alright carbonation. Rather WTF of a beer, IMO. Not sure what the story is behind this beer but I am not digging it one bit!
3.5, 2, 2, 3.5, 2

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at 3 Squares in Maple Grove, MN. It was a smooth, slightly sweet with fruity notes. It reminds me a bit of Summit Winter Ale from St. Paul. It's a nice beer for a cold winter day, but it's a little more simple than I'd like. Sure, it's not too sweet or heavy, but a little crisp, clean malt character or spice would go a long way.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Paul68
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Humulus85
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Produced a dense, off-white, 2-finger head. Moderate retention and a bit of lacing. Deep copper color, very clear. A bit lighter than expected.

All malt here. Caramel and toffee, almost candy like.

Again, almost candy like. Not super complex, just caramel and some toffee. Where are the spruce tips? Tasty just not outstanding.

Mouthfeel is a little light for what I want in a Winter Warmer. Carbonation is solid and it doesn't finish too sweet.

Overall this is a decent Winter Warmer, but it could use a bit more depth in flavor and a heavier body. Cheers!

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DucksFan16
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice copper color with a few centimeters of foam above. The aroma is malty with caramel and ripe fruit in the nose. A faint hint of spruce lingers in the background. On the palate the malt is a little husky up front. A fruitiness, almost berry like rises through the center as the spruce and malt comingle. It finishes with a light pop of spice which balances everything. An interesting twist to a winter staple.

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Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

This beer pours a clear copper color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and toffee. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is pleasant, but quite simple and straight forward. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and high carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but i highly doubt I will drink it again.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was served in a tulip glass.

Appearance- There is no head on this beer, not even some film. Just, no head. The body is a deep amber with some luminous gold highlights.

Smell- I am picking up some malt on the nose, sort of a bread malt. The hops seem earthy. The spruce is not anything like I expected, not like smelling a Christmas tree, just makes the nose kinda, musty.

Taste- The malt, which is bready and buttery, is coming through the strongest on the palate. The spruce is a little stronger here, and engages mostly in the finish. The earthy hops are also noticeable. It is slightly interesting, but not good enough.

Mouth feel- The body is the least of my worries, a decent enough medium body. It is creamy with okay carbonation.

Overall- This winter warmer is awfully bland, just loads up on the malt. It would have been nice to have really noticed spruce any where in this beer. If you're going to say it is there on the bottle, it should be IN the bottle too.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transferred over from the Alaskan session in my tasting notebook.

Appears orange-tinted amber, two fingers of frothy head that dies back in about two minutes, medium levels of lacing. Body is medium thick, lightly carbonated. Smells of some bready tones and that signature spruce tip element...very fresh and piney, yet more sweet than pine, if that makes any sense. Flavor is brassy, sweet, has some minor metallic notes :( medium breadiness and dried figs, vaguely psuedo-mulling spice comes across in a really super subtle way on the finish, really quite tasty yet a bit too far into sweetness for my comfort zone, but YMMV.

Worth looking into if you want something with a psuedo Belgian-y fruitiness and holiday spicing that stands apart from the crowd by having spruce tips in it. My main complaint is that distracting light undertone of metallic flavor...get rid of that, tweak the carbonation slightly, add a bit of earthy hop tones, and this could be something really amazing.

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