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RATINGS: 467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scarletfire65 (1066) - Chicago, Illinois, 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AnokaBrewer (81) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Pours a golden amber color with very little head. Aroma of citrus and hops. While it said it was a holiday beer, I believe that was more due to release date than any spice or added flavorings to the beer, as I really didnít pick up on any. It was a very good strong IPA.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerathon (1490) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Christmas style IPA isnít really my thing. Getting pine, syrupy sweetness, spices, muddled earthiness. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ellolovey (479) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2015
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper with thick frothy white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops. Nice bitter hop bite up front followed by some sweet caramel malts and bread. Medium bodied. Nice lacing. Dry piney bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
furthur (355) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at share, medium amber body, little head, some lacing. Aroma sprucy and citrus. Taste is hoppy, citrus and spruce and light malt, a little lychee. Palate is nice and smooth, not too rich. Carbonation about right, not too sharp.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rproff78 (152) - - JAN 4, 2015
Very good holiday ale. The hoppiness is stellar! Full sail always impresses me with their tasty brews.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ctplt777 (283) - - NOV 27, 2014
Great IPA. Itís a little spicier and theres some awesome stuff going on. Really hoppy. Tons of pine and citrus on the aroma and some other spices. Taste is bitter and hoppy with tons of pine. One of the piniest christmas IPAís Iíve had. Definitely try this one. Cheers!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6705) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"this is a bigger beer than their regular ipa, and i like it better. fuller body, aroma is similar (but maybe spiced?), taste is stronger, which is good in this instance. only 22ís @$4, though."

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dbhenry (130) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
This ale is medium in color, medium in body, and medium in alcohol content. The malt is understated, without a distinct taste, and the hops are overstated, like an IPA. IT is a good hoppy beer, but without the delicious malty flavor to balance out the hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1171) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 5, 2014
A pretty smooth ipa! Has a good copper pour w/ a white head that leaves lacing. The aroma is subtle but hoppy. The taste is clean & crisp for an ipa. No lingering bitterness but not exactly a flavor explosion either. Itís a drinkable ipa but not spectacular.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TXBadger (1786) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Reviewed from notes: Pours a nice amber color with white head. Christmas type spices, citrus, and pine on the nose; all follow onto the palate. I like the spice on this one, gives it a different flavor profile than the typical IPA. Very enjoyable for the holidays.


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