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Coast Range Merry Maker

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Just before the holiday season, the fresh crop of hops are harvested available to the brewer. To celebrate the new harvest we brewed a holiday ale with an enormous kettle addition of freshly harvested American hops. This robust red ale has been dry hopped as well to finish a thoroughly intense hop presence form the initial burst of aroma through the lingering bitter finish. Hop lovers will enjoy this special brew available only during the holiday season. OG 15.5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Itís still 2004 (or at least the bottle says the hops are). Time warp. Really nice piney hop aroma. Ruby coppery color, a bit like Peteís Wicked (current 2007 version). LIghe beige head that sticks. Light lacing. Starts with piney evergreen, some malty sweetness dances around the edge, and then the hops kick that stuff right out of the mouth. Itís hop. Hard to believe itís only 56 IBU. Itís really, really good. The mouthfeel is medium, and the finish is tangy, piney bitter. It may get better than this, but not often. The preservative quality of hops could not be better proved. Two or three years old and pasteurized. Itís fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13278) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bomber poured a hazy reddish copper with an amber head. Aromas of grass, oranges, and carmel. Palate was medium bodied with a resiny feel to it. Flavors of carmel,grass, grapefruit rind with a pleasantly bitter, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Bottle. Reddish amber color with a frothy white head. Nice hoppy aroma. Nice hop flavor with some malt backing. Lingering hopiness. I agree with jazz88 that itís makes you think of a double IPA. Not bad. Could use just a hint more alcohol presence (but then Iím trying to push it to really be a double IPA).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Bottle: Amber, small sudsy white head, spotty lacing, light carbonation.   Straight forward hoppy nose.   Decent hop bite, considering it was brewed/bottled for the 2004 Holiday season.   Very soft tea or tobacco leaves are noticable.   Average body and mouthfeel.   Lingering tobacco leaves.   Decent IPA, sturdy.   Thanks HoppedHead for sharing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Pale red color, medium head, with a hoppy aroma. Slightly roasted malts, aggressively hopped. Hoppy and bitter, yet malty with some sweetness. Good flavor. Nice balance of hops to malts. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter, with some hoppyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4928) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 19, 2007
From a 22 oz bomber this poured a nice orange to red color with a fat head that was a light yellow, and left good lacing. Big nose of pine hops, and light malts make this simple but enjoyable. Good mouthfeel. Flavor shows some citrus and the finish is nicely bitter. Like everyone else I am not sure where the 2004 date comes from as this seemed fresh to me. Nice brew, and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3630) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Ok, so I just bought this 22 ounce bottle at the BevMo in Sacramento Arden. It was in the winter beer clearance cart. Ironically, the label says this is 2004, but judging from other ratings and recent ratings, I am guessing the vintage of this is winter 06-07. I hypothesize that Coast Range has a bunch of old labels left over that they are continuing to use. There was a nice, initially grapefruity-pine hop nose to start, which becomes a bit grainy and metallic in the aroma. I also get a little bit of brown sugar out of this. Smells like a hoppy, imperial-ish red. Transparent amber body with a slightly ruddy hue and a smallish off-yellow head. Herbal, earthy hoppy flavors to start, which becomes nice a grainy and chewy in the middle. Plenty of malts come through. Some more lightly spicy hops come through in the finish, which creates a balanced and lightly bitter finish. Very well-balanced and quite drinkable. It doesnt taste as hoppy as they claim, but it is still a nice brew. Itís not an IPA, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle from bevmo; poured a dark orange with a beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine and toffee. Was a little disappointed with the flavor in this one. Not that it was bad, but not quite as good as I expected from a beer in the 85th percentile for the style. Flavor reminded me of a mellowed american strong ale. Fairly one dimensional, although the malt backpone was present at the beginning. Hops were pine and citrus. Prefer the Coast Range Farmhouse Oasthouse IPA, which is fantastic. If you can get that one do it/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
(22 oz bottle: $2.99 at BevMo in Gilroy, CA) I long ago gave up hope that Iíd get to try this unless Coast Range brewed another holiday batch, but miraculously, a bottle was procured. According to the label, this was bottled for the 2004 holiday season, so that puts it at roughly 18 months of age, and thus I expected the hops of this IPA to be pretty much dead, with possible signs of oxidation. Wrong on both accounts! The classic West Coast hoppiness is citrusy and moderately bitter, perhaps even a bit spicy. The solid malt base is moderately sweet, a bit grainy, but has enough muscle to balance the hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation, and like most Coast Range beers, it has that typical dusty and chalky mouthfeel and flavor. Dark ruddy-amber color shows moderate haze. Light-tan head, 1.5 inches tall, slowly settles to a thinning layer with a wide ring. Classic ringed lacing -- 5 of íem to be exact -- is quite the sight to behold. One can only hope Coast Range will brew (and bottle!) this again as a holiday offering. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle. A dark reddish-orange color with an off-white head. An intense hop aroma that could have led me to believe this was a double IPA. Full bodied with a big hop flavor and bitter finish.

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