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RATINGS: 462   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 (32274) - 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 (29850) - 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 (25083) - 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 (21533) - 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 (15360) - 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 (13803) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (13441) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Brigh orange with medium white head. Aroma of coriander, flavor of coriander, lime, and orange. Very bitter throughout, most prominent in the long finish. Very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12789) - 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. Thereís 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 itís not a masterpiece, but itís a competent hoppy ale that is aimed squarely at Full Sailís existing audience.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11889) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle shared with Sander at his place, NYC. Pours clear orange with a slight, white foam head. Mild pine and grapefruit in the nose. Medium sweet flavor, light caramel, leaves, gritty pine bitterness, some tropical fruits. Medium bodied with mouth-filling carbonation. Lingering bitter finish, lots of grapefuit rind and dirt, some sweet citrus. Not bad.


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