Alaskan’s Winter Ale is brewed with spruce tips plus a selection of specialty malts and hops. The beer is sweeter than you’d think, think less evergreen and more winter spice mix — cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Very heavy with malt, it’s quite sweet and it leaves behind a lengthy, sugary finish before fading out with the aid of a delicate dusting of hops.
Stylistically, it’s not my favorite, but considering it’s been made for 15 years running, it surely has a fan or two out there.
B- / $8 per six-pack / alaskanbeer.com
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