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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Bright golden, with citrus flavor and an aroma that combines notes of grapefruit, orange zest and a touch of the tropics. Like a warm ray of sunshine on a cold winter’s day.



Crash_the_dog's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crash_the_dog (163) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Beautifu crystal clear copper color topped with a thick cream colored head. Tons of lacing, and an inviting, crisp nose when poured from a bottle. Taste and mouthfeel are both a bit thin, making this almost feel more like a summer beer than an early winter release. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GranvilleTim (1735) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Thanks Bob! Amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is a combo of fruity and spicy hops. Taste is spicy hops. Very vibrant and intense. Pine aftertaste and finish. Strong malt base. Nice lacing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6053) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Flight pour on tap at the brewery (Lawrence, KS). Pours a nice deeper glowing orange hue, near transparent with dulled winter sunset glow. A cakey offwhite head atop stays as a nice layer, good retention and lacing stick around well. Aromas are a bit spritzy, gentle citrus wafts into some soap, subtle florals and bread malts atop. Touches of gentle carmelized and subtle sweetness pokes through a sufficient hop bouquet. Initial is medium bodied, a touch of girth and caramel hit the palate quickly aided by a firmer handed hop character. Florals andsoap meet a dab of citrus, faint melon and some caramel. A bit thicker, some touches of sweetness poke in and out. A gentle waft of gumball, grapefruit and subtle tropical fruit grow a bit, firm bitterness presses on into the backend and finish. Dry, bitter, a bit of girth and some warming ABV hit the palate, displaying what I guess "Winter IPA" means. A dab of sweetness and a touch more girth are palpable in this offering but at the same time a reasoned and heavy handed hop character still keeps it in line with all the other hop forward offerings Free State is putting out. A bit darker and sweeter but still good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1208) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2015
This beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head, and the aroma blends resiny and citrusy hops. The taste is slightly bitter, mildly sweet, and a touch sour with an aftertaste reminiscent of citrusy hops. The palate fuses a sticky texture, medium-light body, and an average carbonation.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DBob5150 (203) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2015
A medium orange body with virtually no head. Aroma is hoppy, almost, piney, taste is pretty much the same. Finishes dry with a lingering bitter bite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1260) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2015
A hazy, orange-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a strong citrus with notes of orange rind and grapefruit. It has a medium body with slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. The taste is moderately bitter that continues to bite long into the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GJF (1295) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle on Christmas day. A nice surprise. Good, citrus-dominant IPA. Nothing out of the ordinary, but well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshmcg000 (344) - Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Pours clear copper with active carbonation, off white head. Aroma is strange, never smelled a beer like it, maybe the yeast? it has a bit of citrus, maybe a little coriander, and alot of spiciness to it. I don’t really know how its at all a IPA but it is interesting and pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elninoict (7) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2014 does not count
Light copper pour. Nice head. Light lace. Citrus aroma with a hint of yeast. The description is spot on. This beer tastes lightly of grapefruit and sunshine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1170) - Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Description is pretty spot on but color is a brilliantly clear light copper. Aroma is a clean citrus with slight tropical as described, some resiney hops. Orange notes. Nice strong fresh hop. Taste is hoppy with a fairly strong bitter, piney grapefruit like. Caramel malts-medium, fairly dry finish, light medium sweetness. Good hop aroma flavor and bitter for an ipa. Taste has a tad bit of old off-yeastyness to it however. Overall a pretty good standard ipa but not near a favorate.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (2075) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Clear old copper pour with a 2 finger creamy off white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet citrus and mango and passion fruit forward tropical fruit, floral and light toasty malt. Flavor is lightly sweet caramel and biscuit up front, sweet fruity esters, some citrus, tea like, earthy and light tropical fruit hops, kinda plain compared to the aroma. Light to medium body, neutral to slightly syrupy, but dry feel and light, but blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation. Good stuff overall, but it’s one of those IPAs that smell really good at first, then are a little disappointing at first sip, then the best parts of the aroma seem to fade away as well leaving a good beer that is still somewhat disappointing. Sorta flash in the pan scenario.


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