rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
medium brown in color. bit of malt, just a touch of sugary sweetness. ample bitterness - more than I really like in the style. some spiciness. tastes like a cross between an IPA and a brown ale. interesting - but not really my type of winter beer.
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
no HUGE faults, but doesnít distinguish itself...at all. Piney peachy hops are right on the mark as well, but while it is a fairly bitter beer, it lacks any punch or complexity. An average IPA at best...I was expecting more. Spawned on date of December. The lack of a year combined with the mellowness of the beer, along with other signs of age (the aroma and flavor were similar to other past-their-prime IPAs Iíve had) make me wonder if this was from Dec í07 or í08. Iíll guess í07 as it doesnít taste or smell fresh enough for a 3-4 month old...if it is, that sucks. Not one Iíll have again either way. It may be a good idea to distinguish your winter offering more than this one does. 3/12-tried again. mediocre at best. meh."
nuplastikk (4565) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Somehow I neglected to rate this..maybe it is in the journal. Unfiltered orange-tan.Old school crystal malt IPA aroma. Patchy head residue. Big piny Chinook hop tones, hold up quite well. Thick, sugary sweet malt bill courtesy of the Honey Malt I suppose. Pretty good, kind of of old school, but respectable enough.
50belair (2338) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Somewhat clear yellow/orange pour with a white head. Pine and citrus hop aromas. Tangy citrus/grapefruit hop notes with a big malty backbone. Honey subtones. Good body and mouthfeel. Zesty.
SHIG (3602) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a bright copper orange with thin off white head. Aroma is soft juicy hops. Taste is very fresh stick hops bitter with softening malt dry finish.
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The appearance is a hazy golden colored body with a one finger white foamy head and has some mild speckled lacing.
The smell has some bitter cooked hops that kinda come through pretty earthy but controlled with a decent backing by the malts.
The taste is bitter but sweet, not combined, just seems to hang there a bit to leave something to be desired. There is a mild malty yet bitter aftertaste with a dry finish.
On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, and comes across as fairly sessionable for the most part. Carbonation is harsh penetrating enough for an AIPA but not so much as a winter warmer.
Overall, this is not a bad beer, but not really a winter warmer, more of an AIPA that I think I would have again depending upon what else is there.
MadRobin (1989) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Cloudy, bright copper-orange with a small khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of citrus, floral hops, bread, pine and caramel.
Taste of pine, grapefruit, biscuit, lemon and caramel.
Medium/full body and high/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bubbleflubber (1832) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a tea-amber into the glass, with a wispy white head that leaves trace lacing. The nose is of grassy biscuits... with a weird hint of fish.... really weird. Sweet malt upfront, some nuttiness with a peppering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit unilateral in underwhelming activity, not a lot of complexity going on. Maybe it just hit me at the wrong time. Average IPA, nothing standing out about the season or the complexity.
AmEricanbrew (5857) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour. Clear light amber color with ivory head. Mild, but nice tropical fruit, perfumed light pit fruit, spicy hop aromas. Medium bodied. Nice spicy, tropical fruit hoppy flavors with light pit fruits, on a crystal malt base___nice IPA
Earlier Rating: 12/14/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Clear amber with a fleeting head. Nice piney, grassy hop aroma. Medium body with light carbonation. Good caramel and nutty malt flavors with a strong grassy hop taste in the finish. Nice winter time IPA.
Reid (1917) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz single from "Lifesource" Salem OR
Pours a slightly hazy golden colour wit a large thick and luxurious head.
Very nice hoppy aromas..mainly spruce/pine and some floral aspects, slight biscuity malt.
Taste is very balanced and sweeter than i thought it would be..a candy sugar sweetness..it mellows a bit but still sweet even to the end.Some hops but not nearly as much as anticipated by the nose.
Palte is fine enough just not good enough to support the near cloying sweetness.
OK beer just way too sweet for my tastes.
NOTE: this says Winterfish Ale under the initial title..but this is not the same as the regular Winterfish Ale i enjoy most years.
even if the alc is the same
Earlier Rating: 11/21/2006 Total Score: 4.1
12 oz single.
Darkish orange beer with a small off white head, that goes fast, leaving some lace.
Great sweet spicy hop aromas more grapefruit than pine!
Lovelly tasty IPA indeed..great flavors of pink grapefruit and sour berries and a wonderful honeyish sweetness to balance the tartness.
Very nice mouthfeel quite smooth and delictable.
Overall a very very nice IPA.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours with a slightly hazy deep gold body that supports a dirty white head. The aroma offers up sweet malts, pine hops, a bit of floral hops and then some mild fruity peach and apple notes. The taste begins with a pleasing mix of pine hops, some floral hops, peach, red apple and then some grapefruit citrus hops. It then slides smoothly toward the finish with a pleasing level of flavor and bitter citrus and pine hoppiness. Iím really digging this but it is a bit odd as an IIPA.
Earlier Rating: 11/29/2006 Total Score: 3.9
Poured the 12oz bottle into my cozy 16oz tumbler. The brew was copper in color and had a thin off white head. The aroma was freshly cut sweet tangelo or some apricot-grapefruit combo. Pungent. Behind the sweetness also lurks the more tart grapefruitiness of the hops. Tastes a lot like it smells. The sweet grapefruit flavor is so fresh it seems like there should be a wedge of it struggling to stay afloat in the beer. As the flavor progresses the sweetness of the grapefruit becomes more tart. At the same time the light malts begins to make an appearance. But the malts appear to be just the garnish next to the hoppy main course.