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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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30713) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2007
1 pt 6 fl oz. Pours hazy orange with a slight off-white head. Thick aromatic nose, perfumed hoppy. Dry flavour, grainy and malty. Spiced. Dry spiced and hoppy bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29107) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2005
A lighty amber beer with a small white head. The aroma is lovely hoppy. The flavor is sweet and very hoppy but also with notes of alcohol, grass, and oil, leading to a dry finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2007
(Bottle 65 cl) Slightly hazy amber golden with a lightly yellowish head. Fresh and citrusy nose. Medium-bodied, some caramel and then a rather raw and unrefined bitterness. Not exactly impressive. 150807

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy orange coloured with a white head. Aroma of fruits, hops and pine needles. Sweet fruity flavour of hops and pine needles.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14327) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2007
Hazy amber color. The aroma is hoppy and quite resiny, dry but perfumy and nice; also a bit soapy. The body is not too strong, with a sweet caramel flavor corrected by some good hopping. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle at Sune’s (Thanks). Cloudy red/brown - white head. Candy, fruity, cactus, grass, red berries, dryness, soapy, light malty. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
Bright middle of the road amber colour. A bit of apricot and hints of leafy hops alongside slightly toasty malts in the aroma. There’s a surprisingly bold mint note as well. The palate is certainly hoppier than the aroma hinted, with moderate bitterness and earthy, foresty accents (and lots of mint, still). Balancing malts have a slightly toasty accent. Alcohol comes in late, with a dull thud rather than hot or peppery, which I might have enjoyed. OK, so it’s not a masterpiece, but it’s a competent hoppy ale that is aimed squarely at Full Sail’s existing audience.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
(Bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a clear copper body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, and toasted malts. Flavor of toasted malt and mild hops with a dry, somewhat bitter finish. A bit thin and dull in the palate & flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2007
(22oz bottle) Lightly hazed copper body topped by a medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, pine, grapefruit, some bread. Medium body, light resin. Too bad the taste doesn’t live up to the aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2008
07 Wreck the Halls[Imp Amber]-bottle-pours a rich off white head and murky brown/copper color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-caramel, northwest hops. Taste is sweet medium malt – caramel, northwest hops. Under carbonated/minimum carbonation. Thanks to Wasatch(BA).


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