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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4211) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2012
The aroma is malty and hoppy with pine and caramel. The appearance is hazy amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with fruit. The palate is average. Overall pretty good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Shared at the local homebrew Christmas party. Amber pour with some floaters and a white head. Aroma is caramel, hops, and pine sap. Taste is pine, grain, alcohol, and a little floral finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zoucrew102 (501) - - JAN 19, 2013
Aroma is hoppy. Dark amber color with light head. Smooth to start with a very hoppy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Dark amber color with little to no head. Strong hop aroma with a hint of pine and a fruity sweetness. Harsh hop flavors and somewhat light to medium bodied. It just doesn't add up to a quality IPA.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Cask at harborside tap room. Another that just faded under scrutiny of warmer than local room temp cask. Low carbonation that this created lost most if not all hop character. I did ask for a taste of "regular" draft which was much more lively, crsp and showed far greater potential.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Pours a deep, brilliantly clear, amber-tinged, copper color. It is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is redolent of hops; I get notes of pine, a bit of menthol and some definite notes of grapefruit. There is also some notes of something like plastic or wax, which is a bit too dominate of the finish.

The palate is a bit lighter than I was expecting; initially this is pretty nice though. The beer is not quite as hoppy as I was expecting either, it is nicely bitter throughout and notes of pine dominate the flavor profile. The pine is supported by orange-like notes of citrus. Interesting, this beer is just weak, which in an of itself is not necessarily bad, but there are not shining flavors and the beer seems to melt away to nothing. The beer is quite clean and I don’t notice any flavor flaws, but this beer is just plain lacking.

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bomber pours clear copper with light tan head. The aroma in musty humid prunes, roasted malts and faint pine and grapefruit hops. Much like the aroma the taste starts with roasted malts along with grapefruit and pine hops. Toward the finish the roastiness grows along with pale malts. I get a slight fir tree flavor into the finish. Not very winter like. I was expecting some spice and higher gravity. Tastes like a slightly hoppy amber ale.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Brown-orange pour with a short off-white head. Pine, grapefruit and orange overpower a light malt body from start to finish. Not very complex, would be great with a grilled steak and a warm fire, which I suppose is the point.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Tasted from a bomber purchased in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dark red/brown appearance with a light red/cream colored head. Hoppy nose like resin. Darker malts than a typical IPA with a hoppiness like resin as mentioned previously. Not super hoppy but an interesting hoppy flavor. Slightly bitter and hoppy finish and aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
pressboxjoe (187) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
So, Iím just rating the beers I drink. Itís probably ridiculous to rate a beer after youíve had just one bomber, and act like you know what itís all about. Nevertheless, I am routinely drinking beers that are clearly not at the top of their game - either old, or poorly stored, or I donít know what. Iíve had enough very good beer this year not to think that I am crazy. Anyway, this one was, like so many Iíve had this year, not what it probably should have been. Maybe I should give up drinking IPAs altogether because time after time I am tasting way too little bright, citrusy goodness, and too often angry, busted-tasting sweet maltiness. Iím starting to fear buying beer that I donít know for a fact arrived at the store that week. Is this the future of craft beer as it becomes more popular? I hope not.


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