craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy amber with a thick white head. Aroma is caramel, floral, grass, cereal, and herbs. Taste is malty sweet caramel, followed by piney bitterness and the finish is bitter as well.
douglas88 (6251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a clear bright orange color with a small white head. A big aroma of sweet malts, toast, sweet tea and sugar. The flavor is more sugary toasted malts, the Munich comes in big here and provides a lot of the flavor and fits a bit oddly I think. Sort of spicy sweet Oktoberfest mixed with hops, mellow Crystal. Doesn’t really work for me. Seems like it should be way smaller. OK. Cool name.
lightbias (145) - USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I opened the bottle and expected a little more aromatic malt coming up through the neck, but gave it a purposeful pour and found a little more of the aroma I wanted from the mouth of the glass. The first quaff is a dry, bitter pine with an apricot sneaking up from the foundation, and the balance I expected from the malt is really something I’m having to reach for. The carbonation is nice, just right, I think; the head is soft, off-white. Although it doesn’t stay as huge as I poured, it definitely sticks around to the finish of the glass. I do enjoy a nice, long-lasting head.
This isn’t going to be a beer I buy again, and I think this has a nice potential, but I am not a fan of the current batch.
floqqulator (1) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light amber and hazy. Soft white head, not much retention. Strong malt flavor, contains some dark fruit sweetness. Sweetness focused in the middle, strong caramel flavor. Bitter, but not overpowering, finish.
jsnicholas (215) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz $1.75): Hazzy light brown/amber. Smallish white head. Tastes sweet and spicy. Very Malty. Slight bitterness in the middle then more sweetness and a little metallic taste. Enjoyable.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"a very nice winter warmer. robust and malty, but with enough hops to balance. full flavored and warming on a cold night, which is just what i was looking for. 2013 much more ipa like, spicy and good. Pretty s substantially different, though."
bpreo (1730) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
That’s how you make a winter ale. 7.5% alc. to keep warm. Light and crisp so you can drink a few. And the hops are subtle enough to enjoy.
December 6th, 2012.
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-16-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a hazy orange amber color with a small white head. The head fades fast to leave a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma has notes of some sweeter and some bitter citrus mixed with tropical fruit smells. The sweeter citrus is of a tangerine smell while the bitter is more grapefruit in nature. The tropical fruits were a mix of mango and pineapple, giving the beer, when mixed with the tangerine, an overall sweeter smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and malty taste. It is quite smooth with some flavors of an orange and caramel flavor upfront. As the taste moves on, some more resinous bitter hop flavors enter the taste. Flavors of grapefruit and some light pine taste. More toward the end more sweet flavors of caramel as well as a biscuit flavor comes to the tongue. These combined with the hop to leave a sort of chewy, mildly bittered, biscuit flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamy and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier flavors really accentuate the resinous hop flavors well as well as bolster the malty and biscuit taste. Pretty nicely done.
Overall - I actually rather enjoyed this beer. It had a good, but not overly so, resinous hop flavor that melded well with the lighter fruit, citrus and malty flavors of the brew.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours yellow, small white head
Smell light, crisp, hoppy, fruity citrus
Tastes like rainbow road, great tropical fruit hops
Light to mid body
DipHead14 (26) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
he first second after sip is wonderful. Smooth, warm, and subtly sweet. The next second comes back with an unforgiving sharp and bitter bite. Its like tasting all the most beauitful parts of winter, in a snowstorm without anything to keep the frostbite off your face. Its good, but I don’t think I would buy it again.
Stuu666 (3197) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours golden amber, rich caramel, toffee, fruity spices, pine.