fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver
Hazy amber color. Very nice aroma of fruity hops. Good caramel flavor, malt, quite dry in the beginning; strong bitterness with some bitter orange fruitiness. Very good.
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Cook Street Liquor Store in Victoria. Pours a large beige foamy head atop a deep orange amber body. The nose is very hoppy with orange aroma and a decent caramel malt base. Not your usual Winte Ale, as there was no spice, but a decent hopbomb nonetheless.
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Orange peel and minty basil notes spice up this Winter Warmer’s resinous hop presence, sculpting a refreshing, slick pint.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty dull amber.
-Alcohol is well concealed in the flavor profile.
-This is very well-brewed, but it is not a compelling recipe to me.
-Malts offer a little caramel sweetness here and there.
-The prickly carbonation was a bit overdone.
On tap at Alibi Room.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle thanks to Mike.
Pours a hazy amber with a huge frothy white head that shows excellent retention and sticks begrudgingly to the sides on the way down.
Aroma is hoppy up front with the C hops leading the way with some pithy citrus and spicy herbal notes. The malta are sweet with caramel and balance the hops well.
The taste is a bit sweeter and maltier than the aroma with the caramel malts and juicy citrus more prevalent than the bitter hops. The finish is lightly bitter and definitely more earthy.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and creamy with strong carbonation.
A top notch hopped-up amber from the Pac NW. Liked this one quite a bit.
after4ever (6314) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a hazy medium amber with a dense and frothy white head that really sticks around. Sweet and tangy caramel and grapefruit nose--more on the pink grapefruit side of grapefruit, but still plenty oily and acidic. Creamy medium body with plenty of lively carb. Toast, caramel, pine, and grapefruit on the mid-palate. We’ve been down this road before. The big, thick, sticky, malty, hoppy ASA for wintertime. It’s a great road, though, and every brewery should tread it forcefully if they’re so inclined. HUB seems so inclined, and this is a clean and tasty success that honors the style sincerely. Good beer.
hayduke (3505) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My brother Rick and I shared this one with Strykzone via a joint tasting through Facebook Chat. This poured from the 22 oz bottle a clear rich copper color with a good looking yellowish head and and very serious lacing rings. Overall a treat for the eyes. The nose is a plethora of hops with flowers, pine, and citrus and top of some very tasty malts. The body is medium and the mouthfeel greasy and it goes down nicely. The flavor is an excellent balance of malts and hops showing a very nice bitterness carries over into the long dry, bitter finish. This is sort of like a DIPA, but delivers even more flavors than that style and the bitterness is under-control an replaced by tastiness. An outstanding beer.
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear orange to amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of orange, pine, grass and sweet malt. Flavor starts with orange, then moves to sweet malt before a piney hop finish. Very nice.
Strykzone (5150) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Hayduke for this one. Enjoyed with him and Rick via Facebook chat. This beer pours clear and a light copper color. A golden hued head is 2 fingers. It fades in a craters on the moon effect. Lacing that forms cool shapes. The aroma is big west coast hops. Floral, pine, and citrus notes. Some spice and toasty malt. Flavor follows that nicely. Very nice citrus fruit that is sweet and complex, tartness that remains steady throughout, and nice floral flavors. There is some cinnamon spice, and grass. Somehow the "organicness" comes through. Hayduke had the feel as like olive oil and he was right. This beer is very well done and tasty as hell.
Zymurgeist2 (1135) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Massive citrus hop on the nose with good malt after warming. Pours a hazy copper with an off white head including many large bubbles. Plenty of hops on the taste and nice malt backbone. Mouthfeel is slightly thin but coats slightly. A little medicine on the late palate.
Dogbrick (8809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Thanks to Homerwantsbeer for sharing a bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, fruit and malt. Medium body with an evenly balanced hops and malt profile. Floral and piney notes. The finish is fruity with a lingering fresh hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.