It’s the new year and the temperatures are definitely cold in the northwest (although not quite enough to snow).  What better way to warm up then to sit by the fire with a nice winter ale in hand.  Have a few Alaskan Winter Ales and you will be warm and feeling really good, trust me.

I had the pleasure of trying out the Alaskan Winter Ale this year (I think I’m on my third 6 pack so you might guess where this review is going). It’s a winter warmer brewed in the style of an English Olde Ale.

The beer poured a light copper / carmel color and had a very slight white head on the top that quickly faded away before I could even snap a picture of it.

I was a little surprised that the aroma wasn’t all that powerful.  I had to really get my nose in the glass to get a decent smell.  I was equally surprised to smell very sweet fruits with just a small hint of evergreen since the beer is brewed with spruce tips.

The weak smell was redeemed however upon taking the first drink. This is a pretty light beer which is why I think I like it so much (or maybe the reason I’ve drank so many). It tastes very sweet, yet I definitely taste the spruce/winter flavor. Maybe I liked the flavor so much since I’ve been drinking a lot of stouts and heavier beers lately, and it was a nice refreshing change in drinks.

There isn’t to much carbonation and it’s just an easy beer to drink. It’s not really one of those beers that you drink and are amazed by, but definitely one that you will enjoy.

My Alaskan Winter Ale Review: B+

Here are the details:

ABV: 6.4%
Style: Winter Warmer

What’s your thoughts on Alaskan Winter Warmer?

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  1. I lived in AK for 13 years and, when I moved to the midwest for school, I didn’t realize how much I’d miss Alaskan Brewing Co! I’m definitely looking forward to visiting this summer and drinking some Alaskan but it’s too bad the Winter Warmer will definitely be gone by then. Thanks for the great review.

  2. All in all this sounds like a good beer, the kind a girl would like drinking. Thanks for the post! Will definitely check this ale out!

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