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RATINGS: 456   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


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1more4dessert (326) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2012
dark amber with french vanilla froth of about 2 fingers. lots of fresh hop character in nose. not sure I detect any spice and not in listed in recipe, so not sure about the "winter warmer" hybrid style they are referring to. Some what SN Celebration like though not as good, especially aroma wise.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banksiz (17) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Caramel-molasses nose with some raisin-butterscotch. Rich. A bitter bite, more roasty than hoppy. Medium to heavy body, bitter finish. Good winter warmer. General impression is that of a beer in the 8% ABV range rather than the 6.5% it actually is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (564) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Appearance was hazy ruby light brown with diminishing off white creamy 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are toffee, rye, vanilla, spices soft sweet malts, no alcohol. Taste are soft sweet malts upfront with touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, then soft grapefruit, lemon and pine on the soft bitter backend. Palate was soft smooth CO2 with medium body, then slight bitterness with winter warmer base. An interesting cross of styles.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rrauth (1091) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle. more red than orange. Pretty. Nice aroma. Nice taste. A holiday ale that's basically in name only. None of the spices. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1276) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
An inviting floral aroma with hints of pine and citrus. Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy, mostly deminishing, off-white head that provides ample lacing. The taste isoverall bitter. Floral, citrus, honey, malts, pine and bread, with a bitter bread/grain finish and aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Dry crisp mouthfeel. Overall, surprisingly, and pleasingly so, not as hoppy as I thought it might be. A lot of taste and a lot to enjoy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dlovell2 (573) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Pours clear copper color with an off white head. Floral hop aroma with a caramel malt aroma hidden behind it. Smooth caramel malt start with a piney hop finish. Lingering bitterness in finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (1734) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
22oz bomber from Crossroads Spirits. Shared with Shawn B. after work. Pours a clear golden amber color with a half finger of foamy off white head. Aroma of old rotted citrus fruit, caramel malt, faint pine needles, and spices. Taste of sour lemon skins, bitter red grapefruit, pine, and malty caramel.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (4638) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 Bomber, enjoy by 011014. Hoppy nose of citrus fruit with light floral and heavier caramel notes. Deep red body rounding into orange with a large, pale beige head. Thin body is dry and bitter, lightly astringent; has both the abrasive sweep and the soapy of floor cleanser. Hops are fresh but muted, caramel not really there, very light/thin body. Digging the small grapefruit pith, wishing there was more pine. Lightly carbonated, somewhat heavy for the thin body, but alcohol presence is low and confined to a bit of gradual warmth. Messy, unfocused idea.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1029) - Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2013
From bottle. Amber color with clingy white head. Aroma is citrus, yeast, and malt. Taste is citrus and pine hops, dark malting, and a touch of spice. Balanced bitterness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Pour is translucent red/orange with a small white head. Aroma is of nutmeg, spice, citrus peel, and caramel. Flavor is hoppy up front with notes of orange and lemon, but finish is sweet and spicy. Interesting, not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hockeybeerguy (916) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Pours amber/red color with a somewhat clear body with a film of a soapy white head, concaves a bit to leave some clingy lacing sticking to the glass, carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace; the smell has citrusy hops up front, bready malts back it up nicely; the taste is bitter at times through the hops but still the bready malts back up a decent sweetness; slightly orange-esque aftertaste; dry citrusy finish; its kinda easy on the palate nothing too harsh but adequately pounds the mouth like an AIPA should, overall good AIPA that I would have again


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