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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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A winter seasonal made with all English Pale & Crystal malts. Hopped with Phoenix, Kent Golding, Challenger, and Target hops in the boil and dry hopped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2008
On tap at the draught house. Pours a dark maroon color with a medium beige lasting head. Nice looking beer. Smell is fruity, hoppy, gummy, with big hop presence for the style. Not what I expected from something called an ESB or labeled as an ESA. Either way, extremely drinkable, fruity and hoppy but smooth with alcohol hidden well. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2008
On tap at the Dig Pub in Cedar Park TX. As is far too common, this beer was way too cold. Thus the nose was not evident in the pour. Dark brown almost opaque with a small white head. Taste of burnt malt, a bit sweet and tart/bitter (can this be?) with a mild hop profile. The alcohol is well hidden. Mouth has a thickish feel with good flavoring on the finish. A very smooth, easy drinking beer-could be a mini-session beer if they bottled it. Good job and one of Real Ale’s better efforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Just in time for 80 degree weather, Fort Worth gets this "winter" seasonal. Pours a dark red/brown color with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is pretty strong and biting, with a lot of citrus hops and burnt roasty malt. Taste has a similar "American strong" quality about it, with a lot of caramel and toast malt tastes and bitter, almost stinging hop flavor. Towards swallowing I taste a lot of pears, which makes it obvious that this is the same brewer that does Sisyphus. Finish has an odd amount of fruit flavor and the bitterness is citrus and woody at the same time. Interesting, but the pear taste is kinda off to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Tap at Rudyardz. Reddish brown with small head that disappears. Good hopped nose with baked malts. Good malt flavor with well integrated hops and a great bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TexasAggie12 (64) - Burnet, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2006
Nice dark brown pour. Head was tanish white, that disolved quickly. Had a strong alcohol and malt aroma. Has a malty, fruit, alcohol flavor. Has a nice bite at the end. Good drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Poured a dark brown with a creamy tan head that stuck around. Alcohol was disguised in the nose and the taste, and this was all about the caramel flavors, with a crisp hoppiness in the end. Well done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2006
On tap at Gingerman. Ruddy brown with a tight head. Makes me thirsty. Alcohol is well hidden and malts are blanketed with bitterness. I was surprised to read that it was dry hopped. I just don’t detect the floral notes. A exceptional offering from the good folks in Blanco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Muddy, reddish brown with a fat fine bubbled head. Hoppy cake like aroma with a hint of cheese. Sweet, cookie and malt flavor with some musty hops. Well balanced but the stale hop flavors detract.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Dark hazy copper color. Smells of very clean, floral hops, and a rich sweetness. Hop bitterness is dominant in the flavor, but there is some roastyness and a bit of chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel was rich and satisfying. The cask version of this was bad ass, but im just rating the standard version here. Overall, a great beer that I will drink much more of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Tap at Falling Rock, Houston
Pours a cloudy brown with nice lacing. Aroma is sweet nut. Flavor is a nutty IPA. Palate coats. Another stellar effort from Real Ale.

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