talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a deep amber color with a moderate, creamy, off-white head which settles to a thin frothy layer and leaves similar lace rings. The nose is pleasant with some candy-like malts, dried apricot, toasty, spicy and resinous hops. The flavor is similar with more resinous hops, still spicy, dried fruit all over, toasted caramel, and subtle earth notes. The palate is lively, less than medium, and velvety. The finish is mostly bitter with dried fruit, lots of resinous and spicy hops, and a toasty finish. A different winter warmer than I usually go for but this was interesting. The candy and dried fruit notes are something I am only used to seeing in much stronger beers (IIPA, BW, etc.), but the malts lacked depth to balance. The beer seemed a bit hollow despite the nice flavors. Decent.
Ernest (6731) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie, cake), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with light notes of alcohol (fusel - Lysol / bug spray), plastic.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Just like all the other No-Li brews I’ve had so far...looks great, has a nice mouthfeel and flavor balance, but it fails to evoke an enjoyable aroma. Alas, though, in this example there are unpleasant off-notes that not only mar the aroma but the aftertaste as well. Has promise, but needs cleaning up.
3fourths (8603) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. lightly hazed dark amber body. thick, patchy dough-colored head. juicy sweet maraschino cherry red malt and juicy / resinous american hop nose. lightly toasty, hugely sweet, highly bitter, medium-full body, lasting hop acids and a pleasant doughy mushiness late. admittedly enjoyable to drink, the texture is quite nice, though I don’t care for the sweet red apple and maraschino cherry flavor so much. I find myself liking it about as much as their Crystal Bitter, which had more caramel malt than I usually like, but a nice roundness and fullness of texture to make it enjoyable. this one just seems a little too brutish and a little too sweet up front.
Sledutah (6046) - Utah, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub
Appearance: Clear Cooper with a medium sized beige head and great lacing
Aroma: Floral and malty
Taste: Caramel, floral and pine resin
Nice and refreshing
cstuartj (1019) - Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red gold, almost brown in color. Nice thick head that lasts, great lacing. Nice hop and citrus and pine nose. Very clean hop attack, citrus and pine finish. Good beer!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Darker amber, slight copper hue, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing, light carbonation.   Soft citrus rind and hop resins on the nose.   Could be either or, IPA or Pale.   Smidgen of biscuit.   Has that biscuity malt flavor up front, soft hops, a little touch of ashtray.   Could pass as a lighter IPA or even a Pale Ale.   Not offensive, like many beers I have had lately.   Seems fairly clean.   Could use a
little more sweetness, and also a bit more hop.   For me it seems more of a Pale Ale than an IPA.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   As it warms the dull ashtray aspect comes out a bit more.   Hops are very subdued.   Malts are light, a little ashy.   Tiz okay, but wished it had some citrus or floral sweetness to balance it out a bit.   Glad it wasn’t overly one sided tho, as this one isnt a hop bomb by any means.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 Northern Lights Brewing Company Hoppy Holidays! Winter Ale--Experience The Spectrum. 2008-09 22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.50% ABV--45 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Sediment hint. Thin lacy off white head. Clear rich bright deep amber color. Spicy malty floral hop vanilla hint front. Crisp smooth sweet malty rich amber ale hop infused crystal malt mellow Winter spice body. Smooth balanced mellow hot hop end. Spicy Winter IPA! Sampled 1/5/2009. 4 @ $5.75 Each.
22 oz. Bottle purchased @ Fremont, Seattle PCC for $6.00 + tax. Eighth inch lacy off white thin wispy head. Hint of tight sediment. Clear rich bronze red color. Enticing appearance. Toasted floral hop dark fruit raisin hint front. Medium textured slightly cloying sweet lightly roasted caramel fruit spicy malty body. Mildly hot subtle hop spice fruit end. Crisp and clean at start but finishes a touch fruity from sediment. Tasty, unique, well made Winter Warmer. Nice spicy notes. (3.75 / 5.0)
bhensonb (12469) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours rather hazy blood orange with a large beige head. Strong aromas of fruit and resin. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is lots of grapefruit rind and resin over a lot of light roast malt. This is a mouth grabber. Excellent IPA.
after4ever (6693) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a crystal clear medium brown with toffee colored edges. Loose, slightly creamy grayish head. Very bready nose, like fresh baked brown bread with some molasses in it. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Caramel, brown bread, biscuit, and toast on the mid palate, with a mild piney finish. Never would have guessed anyone would call this an IPA, but it’s tasty.
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red pour with an off white head. Faint malt aroma but not much, but the tasty malt is definitely present upon the first taste. Also a subtle hop presence upon initial drinks but quickly overpowered. Finish is strangely tangy, bordering on sour but tasty.