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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


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Has a cloudy bronze color, hoppy aroma. Taste is piney hops up front, some citrus, a small amount of malt balance. Overall a pretty good beer.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dbhenry (122) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
This ale is medium in color, medium in body, and medium in alcohol content. The malt is understated, without a distinct taste, and the hops are overstated, like an IPA. IT is a good hoppy beer, but without the delicious malty flavor to balance out the hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1000) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 5, 2014
A pretty smooth ipa! Has a good copper pour w/ a white head that leaves lacing. The aroma is subtle but hoppy. The taste is clean & crisp for an ipa. No lingering bitterness but not exactly a flavor explosion either. It’s a drinkable ipa but not spectacular.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Reviewed from notes: Pours a nice amber color with white head. Christmas type spices, citrus, and pine on the nose; all follow onto the palate. I like the spice on this one, gives it a different flavor profile than the typical IPA. Very enjoyable for the holidays.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6126) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bomber. Clear orange amber pour with a small head. Nice hop profile - very aromatic. Subtle spices in here too. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1419) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (633) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banksiz (24) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rrauth (1190) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dlovell2 (735) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hockeybeerguy (1960) - 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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