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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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AN AGGRESSIVELY HOPPED IPA WITH WHOLE LEAF SIMCOE AND HINTS OF CITRA


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cjnuxoll (13) - - JUN 6, 2014
The trend seems to be to brew for the season at hand, and winter is no exception. Unfortunately for we consumers, some of the larger brewers are so eager to create a new flavor, they sacrifice the quality. I’m so tired of over-spiced winter lagers that leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. Finally, someone got it right. This is a lightly spiced IPA with a reddish tint, moderately carbonated, without the bite and a slightly cloudy pour that won’t overwhelm you in its complexity. The array of flavors in its blend give you the winter experience without detracting from the hoppy IPA backdrop. It doesn’t slam you in the face at the start like a Sam Adams or Widmer’s, and finishes easily without any burnt notes like you might get from other winter lagers. If you can get this, you have to try it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4666) - Utah, USA - APR 6, 2014
On tap at Faction
Clear golden with a small white head, good lacing. Aroma is all grapefruit. Flavors of grapefruit, caramel and pine resin
Nice

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Draft. Amber beer with a low cream head. Big grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and pithy flavor with light pine and light earthiness. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pithy grapefruit lingers with light pine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3185) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Growler from Joe shared with William. Pours copper clear orange with small white head. Notes are dank citra, simcoe skunk, and orange bitterness. Really juicy and mineral’d out on the nose. Medium body. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1574) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Pour is golden with a nice white head..Nose is spicy hop, dank, resin, spice. Taste is spicy hops, bubble gum, sweetness, dank, bitter..

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
13 ounce sample on tap at Winchester Goose in Chico. The aroma is pretty hoppy with light lemon citrus and a little tangerine. Pine is also present. Moderate underlying sweetness, too. Quaffable. Scant haziness in this golden-orange body. Medium white head present and good lacing. Starts with some citrus hop bitterness before this becomes full of oniony hop flavors in the middle. Finishes a little sweet with moderate bitterness. Technically good, but the onion just rubs me the wrong way. I am surprised to get onion from Simcoe and Citra.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3099) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster@Faction. This was my first Faction beer. As soon as the aroma touched my nose I thought I was in Alpine. Cool. Pours clear amber with a medium creamy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit light but it is that Alpine-esque perfect marriage of pine needles, grapefruit, and passionfruit that I love. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, again very Pure-Hoppiness like but a bit harsher on the finish. Medium body, very creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larryLSB (418) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Growler from the brewery after sampling everything. Nice clear golden color with a fairly decent white head. Strong nose of citrus, with a hint of wood. Taste was leaning on the bitter side, medium bodied with a nice creamy texture. Very good IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3193) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
On tap at the brewery. It pours a nice golden color with a white head. The aroma is potent citrus, melon and a little spice. The flavor is citrus fruit, onion, with some peach and melon and a touch of diesel. A tad of honey on the palate for balance. Really tasty stuff. I took home a growler even though I wasn’t planning on it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2137) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
From growler. Clear gold pour with a white head. Huge classic Simcoe nose, tropical and dank at the same time. Flavor is basically a pineapple bomb with some resinous notes and a bit of apple flesh. Creamy body and nice bitterness.


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