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RATINGS: 461   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KegOstertag (92) - - JAN 6, 2013
Drank in pilsner glass from bomber at home. Aroma- smells like rye mixed with hops. Appearance- nice auburn golden color. Light head and good carbonation. Taste- smooth with lighzt hoppiness. Missing something to make this beer stand out. Palate- get a little hop mouthfeel. Not outstanding. Overall- decent ale. Tries to be an ipa but not enough umph. With that said for the price it is a great value at 2.99

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2626) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Shared at the local homebrew Christmas party. Amber pour with some floaters and a white head. Aroma is caramel, hops, and pine sap. Taste is pine, grain, alcohol, and a little floral finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scarletfire65 (968) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bomber. Aroma is citrusy Centennial hops, grapefruit, cinnamon. Rich mouthfeel, near full bodied, good carbonation. The flavor is a pleasant blend of bitter citrus, sweet malt, and a hint of spice. The finish is fresh and bright, with a twang of acidity playing off the the malty / bitter balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (1963) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2012
2011 22oz. bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a light tan head and lots of visible carbonation. Smooth, medium-full body with excellent carbonation. Excellent flavor of a lightly spiced winter warmer mixed with a West Coast IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2012
dark amber with french vanilla froth of about 2 fingers. lots of fresh hop character in nose. not sure I detect any spice and not in listed in recipe, so not sure about the "winter warmer" hybrid style they are referring to. Some what SN Celebration like though not as good, especially aroma wise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6391) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigguns22 (697) - Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Hazy amber. Aroma is grapefruit and pine. Well balanced. Flavor is sweet caramel, grapefruit and pine. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (712) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2012
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 that’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UncleKorm (850) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2012
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.

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