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RATINGS: 472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a white head. Aroma is caramel, spicy, and some earthiness. Flavor is caramel, spices, and a bitter hop finish.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldMrCrow (2389) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 2005, from the bottle

Pours a clear dark orange with an adequate head. The aroma is an intriguing blend of hops that left me eager to taste - but the taste was a letdown. Aggressive roasted malts compete with rather than complement a fairly nice hop profile; more troubling, the beer is somewhat sticky with a notes of cherry Robitussin. Not a standout, and probably not worth revisiting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2006
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Pours a nice amber with a lasting head and clinging lace. Aroma is a bit of citrus with sour notes and just a bit of sweetness. Flavor is a sweet/sour hybrid of grapefruit, hops, and a touch of perfume in the finish. Palate is nice and slick. Not bad, but needs more assertion to live up to its claim of being a "ridiculously hoppy ale." Worth another try, definitely. Easy drinking.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
22oz bottle from Bev Mo. Poured a light, smokey rust color.......off white head. Nose of some citrus fruits....a bit piney and malty as well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Ruby/orange, thin tan head. Nose is orange, brown sugar, malt, citrus, caramel. Flavor is caramel, slightly sour malt, brown sugar, a bit of alcohol astringency. A bit watery in the bitter twangy orange/brown sugar finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Sweeter than one would want for an IPA and nothing here that sets itself apart. Caramel forward over the citrus and pine...and stickier than you’d want from the mouthfeel. Not terrible but not worth seeking out.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3787) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
22oz bottle from state liquor store in Cedar City. Pours a slightly hazy copper colour with a small off-white head and nice lacing. Big aroma of fruity hops and some caramel malt. Flavour starts nice with sweeter hops but then it hits a weird bitterness/flatness that’s tough to define...some straight alcohol astringency.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11605) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bomber from Whole Foods Market, Glen Allen, VA. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, some toffee, candied citrus and a faintly spicy finish. The taste is leafy hops, pale malts, candied citrus, and a finish of citrus hops along with a faint bit of caramel. Thin bodied. Once again, Full Sail ALMOST hits the mark.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RedSox2004 (1640) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Somewhat hazy golden amber with a nice one-finger head that left a modest lace. Grassy and citrus hops aromas are supported by a solid toasted malt. Flavors are similar, though the citrus comes through a little stronger; overall, a nice balance between the hops and a slight caramel sweetness. Rather thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and the bitter hops wins out in the finish. A pleasant seasonal treat.


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