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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Good tidings to you, Old Friend. We brew our limited release Holiday Ale with fresh ginger root and a hefty dollop of family harvested honey. This fireside companion has a deep ruby-colored body with layers of malt complexity and an intense ginger aroma. Reunite with friends, old and new, and celebrate the season with an Old Friend by your side. Cheers!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1976) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle from Amy! Clear dark brown pour, light, thin lasting head and an aroma of sweet (but not overpowering) fresh ginger. Flavor is nutty caramel, mellow ginger & clove and finished a bit sweet. Decent and worth picking up at least once.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (1943) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours a deep brown with a thick off white head. Aroma of ginger and that's about it. Taste is light and malty, lots of ginger and some cinnamon. Not very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1929) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Amber pour. Quick head. Ginger and light toasted malt. Flavour is ginger spice, light bready malt. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark copper brown color with a soapy frothy khaki head that settles to a soapy film and collar. Aroma has strong ginger coriander some cinnamon. Taste shows roasted malt subtle chocolate toffee and plenty of ginger cinnamon coriander clove and has a soft bitterness. Palate is thin to medium with a rather harsh finish. Decent brew, but over spiced for my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1838) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
December 15, 2012 on tap at brewery. Orangish brown pour with head and lacing. Malt, spice and honey in aroma. Taste was consistent with aroma, very nicely balanced for a holiday ale not too much spice and finished with sweetness from the honey.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHOFF43 (1749) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish with a strong ginger nose. Flavor is ginger, other spicesand malts.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cards04 (1725) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
Pours a light mahogony. Hoppy aromas. Flavours are perfumey and fruity. Not too bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (1338) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle pours a dark amber/brown with a large khaki head. Aroma of ginger and honey with caramel and toffee malts. Taste of ginger and sweet honey in to some earthy toffee and caramel malts finishing with some earthy bitterness. Not overly complex but enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1165) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2013
(bottle) Pours a clear red color with a large off-white head that settles to a thin cap with a good amount of lacing. Aroma immediately yields a good dose of cooked ginger, with another smell that is eerily reminiscent of a Jimmy Johnís Italian Night Club sub sandwich. Not sure if thatís good or not,but it sure is damn odd. Definitely pick up some breadiness, which accentuates the sandwich qualities. Glimmers of honey shine in. Flavor is really insipid when cold, and tastes like a run of the mill amber ale with just a faint ginger kick on the finish. Not getting much else going on here initially. Warming yields a more prominent tone of honey, which is fairly enjoyable. It grows even more so as this warms. Seems like they used the pure stuff, as that musty quality is perceived. In fact, it tastes a lot like the pure and raw wildflower honey from Luverne, MN. Mouthfeel is medium and carb is pretty appropriate, maybe a touch on the spritzy side. Overall the beer isnít too bad, and it grew better as it warmed up.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnmike (1031) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Complex beer but somehow didnít hit on all cylinders. Probably wonít buy this again next year.


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