Alaskan Winter Ale
From Alaskan Brewing – From the seafaring adventurers of the 1700s to the homebrewers of today, adding spruce tips to beer has a rich history in Southeast Alaska. The tender new growth of Sitka spruce tips lends a delicious, yet subtly sweet floral aroma to tea, jelly and now Alaskan Winter Ale.
Alaskan Brewing – Alaskan Winter Ale – 22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 6.4% abv.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful bright amber with visible rising bubbles. After the initial pour, there was a decent size white head, that eventually dissapates to a 1/8 inch layer of creamy white froth.
Aroma: A little hop spice, a little dry malt, some brown sugar and a little bit of pine. I say little because all those objects can be found, but in moderate doses.
Taste: Chocolate, spicy hop bitterness,spicy malt, slight berry twang that finishes with a definite spruce tip note.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a lingering semi sweet aftertaste.
Overall: Judging the book by its cover, I thought this beer was going to be boring. I know, its a horrible thing to do. With that said, this beer was super balanced, and really flavorful. The spruce tips turn it from a plane Jane Old Ale or English Strong Ale to a really nice Winter Warmer.
April 4, 2010 @ 3:30 am
I have been bowled over in my appreciation for Alaskan Winter Ale. Now, it’s not available anymore… (April 2010). SO, is there another brew that is similar enough to this wonderful brew to hold me over until next winter???