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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


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1244) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Nice floral aromas and beautiful caramel color. Drinks like an IPA but full bodied like a winter ale. On tap at brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2294) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2011
This is a fully drinkable beer. I let it warm a bit out of the fridge before pouring a decent, off-white, foamy, frothy head that lasted a while and some lace. Color is is a hazy orange apricot. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, banana, toffee. Flavorís similar to nose with bitterness on top, sweet and tang about equal below, then the other things. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor but with resin and banana hanging on for some time.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Pours a nice dark amber, decent amount of visible carbonation, starts with a nice thick dimpled head that reduces to a manageable level but has good retention at that point. Leaves some nice thick lacing. A good balance of sweet and bitter on the nose, but pretty mellow over all. The taste is similar, but with bitterness and hop flavor dominating the sweet. Low carbonation on the tongue, semi slick but at the same time lingers, carbonation on the sides of the tongue to the front. Relatively thin body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3452) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Smells like a bucket of tree sap, but in my opinion, thatís a good thing. Hazy amber with intricate, lasting lace patterns. Full-bodied, smooth and warming. Such a big, piney aroma, it actually made me sneeze. Citric and very hoppy, with a very complementing malt skeleton (more than just a backbone). Spices are subdued behind the hops, the way I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 23, 2003
Lemon, honey and cream in the nose. Bright gold senset color with a tight cramy head. Creamy piney hops with enough malt to back it up, velvety smooth grapfruit is just enough without being overbearing. Finishes a bit on the light side making this a good session IPA, no if Full Sail would jsut replace Wassail all together and focus on this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Okay, I just spent 15 fucking minutes writing a very well and thought out review and once again the site hung for 15 minutes and I had to hit refresh which erased my fucking review, so Iím just going to do the fucking numbers. BTW, this is a really good IPA and worth seeking out.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2005
I bought this beer on a whim. Opened and sniffed the newly opened beer to gauge its aroma. Very floral in smell, Not sure what hops they used but it wasnt the typical citrusy, grassy hops. Poured it into my glass and saw a beautiful copperish/strawish beer with a thin white head. I smelled it again to make sure the bottle wasnt washed in flowers, nope! Its still floral. I closed my eyes and sipped slowly. Beautifully done, the floral aroma comes across great in the flavor. Only downfall was the malts seemed to be lacking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
22 oz bottle. Deep copper-orange beer with a thick white head. Fresh hoppy aroma, a bit of grassy fresh hop aroma. Big piny/spicy hops. Underneath the hops is a nice sweet bready/spicy hop malt character. Beg sweet chewy malts in the front, caramel, bread, biscuit with big spicy hop flavour. Lingering pine comes out after the spicy/sweet malts. Fresh herbal hop aroma retronasally. Great balance, piny and citrusy hops. Awesome seasonal beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (4577) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Pours out beautifully in a dark orange-ish amber colour, with a generous fluffy ivory head, but dissipates as you drink it. Aroma is pure magic. Citrus hops, a touch of wood, a whiff of caramel, and some orange rind. Taste is surprisingly bready maybe some toast, behind a powerful wall of citrus forward IPA. Ends sweetly, with notes of grain, toast, caramel, with very light bitterness. It all comes together in a sort of "Christmas spice" kind of way. A superbly balanced IPA that definitely brings something different compared to every other IPA Iíve tasted. Texture starts kinda flat, but as it ends, very fine and lively bubbles tickle the tongue. Delicious and interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
topher_78 (28) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
From the moment you pop the lid one thing is abundantly clear...you better be in love with hops if youíre gonna try this beer. The brew pours a burnt orange with a fingers width of an off white head. The aroma is very citrusy from the centennial hops but the strong maltiness of beer scales the taste down considerably making it more drinkable than the aroma would have led you to believe.


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