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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


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2002
A beer worth celebrating! Full sail always makes a qualty brew, but this one stands out a master piece. I love the spicy, fruity flavor created by the hops, malt sweetness with a strong session beer strenght, Merry Christmas!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (1897) - 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 : )

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Roguemike (4) - Post Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2007 does not count
This is my favorite holiday brew I can remember. Keep the hops commin’ and a bit bitter, like any good IPA should be.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Copper, little head. Intense citric hop nose, hint of bready malt underneath. Bitter, piney, grapefruity hops dominate, just atouch of sweet malt to balance things. Dry, bitter finish. Viva la HopHead.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Thanks to Jake for this one. First of all, let me state that this beer is huge in aroma, taste, and palate. i really thought it was an IIPA. The pour is clear deep copper with ruby egdes and a 2-finger off-white head. The aroma is perfect, with big tropical fruit, hops, some caramel malt, and soem wintry spices. The palate is on the hefty side, with flavors of hops,m tropical fruit (tangerine, mango, papaya), some resiny peaches, and some spicy apricots. This beer is outstanding!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Tremendous clean hoppy ale with little aftertaste and light on the palate. Pours hazy and unfiltered, nice sized, bubbly head. Smells of cascade hops and x mas trees. Great hoppy taste for an instant, then it bubbles and dances away until the next sip!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
A great holiday beer with a massive amount of hops. This is like a winter beer mixed with a great double IPA. A dark heavy body with a full tan like head and a hop aroma that has the essence of cascade, crystal, and centennial hops. A great choice for the season.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Aroma is like smelling a handful of fresh hops. Color is a very hazy orange with good carbonation and a thin head. Taste is super hoppy and mildly bitter. Starting with a full body it goes down smooth with a tiny fuzziness. Finish starts with a little malt sweet taste that is overtaken by a bold hoppy/citrus and mild bitterness. In the after taste the citrus peaks and the bitters lingers on. This is a fabulous IPA. Its well balanced, super hoppy and although there is a lot of citrus it never overpowers the brew. One of the IPA’s I have ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 28, 2010
A quite nice IPA all the way through, though the finish has just a tad too much bittering hops overpowering the rest. Certainly not what I expected from a holiday ale, but I can live with that.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Nice Belgian lace and an orange-amber appearance with some large bubbles. Nice strong hop aroma that fills your nose with spicy bitterness. The flavor has some maltiness to it however that is not found in the aroma. They have enough malt to blance the generous hops. A well built beer, the hoppiness lingers with the solid background. A very good beer.


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