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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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This annual favorite is a sublime hybrid of an American style IPA and a winter warmer. The result is a bold brew that celebrates the holidays with an intriguing blend of Centennial hops providing elegant citrus notes balanced by a backdrop of a rich caramel malt body. Dry hopped to amplify the aromas and flavor. Available in 22oz. bottles and draught. Gold medal winner at the 2010 World Beer Championships. ABV 6.5% IBU 68


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (1977) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
22oz bomber from Crossroads Spirits. Shared with Shawn B. after work. Pours a clear golden amber color with a half finger of foamy off white head. Aroma of old rotted citrus fruit, caramel malt, faint pine needles, and spices. Taste of sour lemon skins, bitter red grapefruit, pine, and malty caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1377) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
An inviting floral aroma with hints of pine and citrus. Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy, mostly deminishing, off-white head that provides ample lacing. The taste isoverall bitter. Floral, citrus, honey, malts, pine and bread, with a bitter bread/grain finish and aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Dry crisp mouthfeel. Overall, surprisingly, and pleasingly so, not as hoppy as I thought it might be. A lot of taste and a lot to enjoy.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (4746) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 Bomber, enjoy by 011014. Hoppy nose of citrus fruit with light floral and heavier caramel notes. Deep red body rounding into orange with a large, pale beige head. Thin body is dry and bitter, lightly astringent; has both the abrasive sweep and the soapy of floor cleanser. Hops are fresh but muted, caramel not really there, very light/thin body. Digging the small grapefruit pith, wishing there was more pine. Lightly carbonated, somewhat heavy for the thin body, but alcohol presence is low and confined to a bit of gradual warmth. Messy, unfocused idea.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1258) - Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2013
From bottle. Amber color with clingy white head. Aroma is citrus, yeast, and malt. Taste is citrus and pine hops, dark malting, and a touch of spice. Balanced bitterness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (603) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle - pours a clear amber with thick foamy head. Nose of hop and grass. Taste is of hops, malt, and pine. Oily mouthfeel. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2018) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Poured from a bomber. Dark amber body with small silky head. Immediate aroma of piney hops, some caramel. Taste is mostly hops but not to much, balance is perfect) with some caramel and malt sweetness, and is touch of winter spice (nutmeg?). This is what I love about the holidays!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2013
This one is all about balance. Nice floral and citrus hops blended well this caramel malts. Real soild brew

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3246) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2013
22oz bottle ’03 Reserve Old Notes-Pours a cloudy amber with a small head. Aroma of caramel, malt, citrus, and hops. Taste of the same with a nice blend between all the flavors. This full bodied brew is well balanced and is a nice cold night drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick creamy off-white head that lasts and has nice lace. Aroma is piney floral hops with a sweet malt background. Taste is rich, creamy and slightly grainy malt with tropical fruit and a citrus, floral and mildly earthy hop finish. Nice lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5568) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Hay orange-amber pour with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and orange. The flavor is similar with some bitter pine, light orange, caramel and medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.


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