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RATINGS: 472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Pours a dark clear gold with a thick head and good retention. Has a strong hop aroma with a nutty malt in the background. Body is a bit thin for the style. Flavor reminds me of SN Celebration Ale yet not as good. Blend of hops and grains with a slight metallic finish. Overall ok but nothing outstanding.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3718) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Re rate Dec 05: This gets worse every year.Hazy amber,small lasting beige head.Cat pissy hop nose and taste,absolutely no balance. Thin, and fades to a wateriness at the end

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Bronze color with a nice off-white head and light lacing. The aroma is dusty musky hop with sweet caramel malt. The flavor isn't balanced at all, but it's still easy drinking. A good refreshing winter seasonal without all that spicy malt and pine that is standard in a normal winter beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5856) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Nice Copper with tan/beige head. Some veggie and alcohol on the nose. first flavor is hops, the a woodsy earthy malt. Hops are persistant and domonating throughout. Full bodied and satisfying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Orange with a big IPA-like nose with some pine and sap. Weird hints of nuts as well. Big woody and nutty bitter flavor with alcohol in the finish. Pine-like hops, with some soapy residue.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Pours mahogany with no head to really speak of. Nice balance of floral and bitter hops, some citrus and sweet malts. Bitterness and malts blend together to make some nice flavors. Medium body that finishes with the floral and bittering hops. Nice

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 24, 2003
i get a nice roasted malt flavor with some holiday spice. Slightly soapy. I was looking for more hop bitterness and more alcohol for the cold winter season, but this is a great brew nonetheless...and a great name!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Reserve 2002. Nose is of pine cones, slightly sweet malt and citrus. A little perfumey as well. Copper color, slightly hazy. Medium carbonation, good sized tan head that dissapates, but clings to the side of my glass. Mouthfeel on this beer is huge! First taste impressions is the malt, but the hops take over quite quickly. It has a very earthy hop flavor to it, previous posters have referred to it a chalky. This is a very sturdy beer. Lots of hops, but there is plenty of malt as well, so the hops are not overpowering. Quite a nice beer to have after I've spent the better part of the day hanging Christmas lights on my house in breezy, 30 degree weather!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2215) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2003
WOW oh wow what a beer! Even before i poured this brew from the bottle the head was rising up over the top! and it had not been shaken. This is a seasonal beer I think well it says "Reserve 2002" on the label. The appearance of the beer is truelly great..hazelnut brown with just the righ murkiness..nice one 2 finger head ..that dissapated quick to form a rich lace down the glass..I oove the look of this beer. Smell what can i say if you love hops ( and I do) the smell is dreamy..very strong..a bit of dark chocolate and liquorice too. Taste is really quite bitter HOORAY but not so bad that it masks all the malt.. Lovelly in the mouth, just the correct carbonation Overall an extremelly drinkable IPA..strong though I recommend this one. Hope Reserve 2003 is a s good : )

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 This is a huge, hoppy IPA. Smells like fruity pine needles, nice and thick.


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