downender (5844) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Urban Wine Cellars, Baltimore. Deep amber with a decent, off-white head. Citrus hops, spice and fruitcake aroma. Flavour had some bready malts, orange and dried fruits, leading to a dryish finish. Drinkable.
bigguns22 (565) - Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light easy drinker that all beer lovers could enjoy. Amber in color with a robust cream colored head. Malty but the dry hopping show throw in the finsh. A little bitter and a touch sour very good beer.
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. Well balanced. Flavor is sweet caramel, grapefruit and pine. Bitter finish.
ACHops (569) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 22oz bottle. Pours slightly cloudy orangish amber with nicely laced creamy head. Aroma is citrusy hops with juicy sweet notes. Taste is rich caramel malt forward, with a restrained bitter finish. Not much IPA hoppiness here, but thatís typical for Full Sail. Not really a winter warmer either. Stylistically pretty close to an English bitter. Tasty and a nice seasonal treat.
Revisited 1 year later. Upgraded taste and overall ratings 1 tick each. This is too tasty to leave alone.
UncleKorm (585) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber bottle poured a hazy orange hue w/ frothy mostly diminishing off-white head and good lacing. Big aroma of grapefruit, pine, and straw. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a heavy bitter finish of average duration. Tastes are similar to the nose. Medium bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation and metallic feel in the finish.
rougeau13 (1845) - Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark clear amber with a small off-white head that laces lightly. Aroma of fruit, pine, caramel, and toast. Very malty tasting with decent bitter and very little sweet flavors. Medium bodied.
wlajwl (3486) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is citrus, spices and malts. The flavor is grapefruit/tropical fruit, spices/cinnamon, mildly sweet malts and a mix of tartness and bitterness in the finish.
kidmartinek (3220) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious aroma of floral hops and a little bit of malt. Ah... tis the season for good beers. The head is white and sticky the body hazy amber. You know its gonna be good... and it is. The flavor is a sticky, bitter, hoppy malty sweet mixture with faint notes of brown sugar, mollasses and hop resin. You canít go wrong with this one. It leaves a white lace on the glass like a blanket and finishes oh so deliciously bitter. The texture is medium light. Its a full beer but comes off a little lighter.
ansermadide (1432) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Its aroma, or what I can smell of it through the thin neck of the bottle,
is very pleasant. Notes of pit fruit, dark caramel malts, and mild spice
define the nose. In the mouth, an almost creamy dark caramel malt
constitutes the beer, giving it an almost sticky-sweet sweet flavor. An
almost cherry (or other pit fruit)-like fruitiness provides an additional,
unique sweetness. Iím drinking this at a relatively warm temperature,
so I can say for certain that this is a beer that should be consumed at
around 50F. Iím drinking this at close to 60F. Overall, it tastes and
feels very English. Thereís just enough fruit and light spice to keep it
from being too dull. Itís relatively light on alcohol (or at least it seems
so), so itís very easy to throw down 22 ounces with lunch. Great in
the mouth, satisfyingly creamy, well-balanced, and well-decorated with
specialty malts... not bad, Full Sail. Not amazing, but respectable. Just one thing: it tastes nothing like an IPA. Iíd pass it as a light winter warmer. Thatís as far as Iíd go.
nick76 (4141) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is malty and hoppy with pine and caramel. The appearance is hazy amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with fruit. The palate is average. Overall pretty good.