jmcgavin12 (363) - Madison, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper pour with light frothy head. Aroma of roasted malt and a bit of hops. Flavor is sweet with a nice bitter finish. Decent ale for fending off the winter winds.
foyle (141) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: 2" cream colored head recedes rather slowly leaving significant lacing. Color is a deep copper and mostly clear with moderate carbonation bubbles visible.
Aroma: earthy, floral, and pine hops blended with a rich bread dough and caramel aroma
Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, just slightly sticky with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: nice variety of flavors. There is a peppery spice combined with the sweet caramel and toasted bread flavor. The finish has the bitterness of the hops with just a tiny bit of alcohol warming with the swallow.
Overall: another solid and very drinkable brew from Redhook.
benpickens (379) - Camarillo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a burgundy with a massive Ricky head; aromatic notes of fruit cake and all spice; nice hoppy finish.
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ads135 (2392) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty mediocre winter beer. There are some subtle spices, esp. nutmeg, but all-in-all underwhelming.
kiwianer (2990) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is ok, the body is dark red-brown. It smells hoppy, intensive, nice aromatic. The taste is sweet, fruity, aromatic, hoppy, a bit creamy-alcoholic. Overall nice hoppy taste, delicious. 13/13/12/13/12
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A - Pours a clear chestnut body with red highlights. 2 fingers of off-white head.
S - Yeasty, candied grain, caramel malt, brown sugar, candied orange.
T - Toasty grain, brown sugar, spicy pale malt, brown bread crust, a light dusting of cocoa powder, caramel malts, nutty yeast, cascade-like hop creating a citrus edge against the malt. Finishes crisp and semi-dry.
M - Light side of medium, medium carbonation, slick but drys out on the finish.
Light and mellow winter warmer. This is a good all around holiday beer. The hops and cocoa seem to give it a holiday spice without being forced. Good stuff for $7.99.
Serving type: bottle
mnmike (944) - Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Century Link Field in Seattle. Dryness is the striking aspect in this beer for me.
jehoesefat (165) - Kapolei, Hawaii, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant malty aroma. Pours clear red-brown with a frothy white head. Taste is not too complex, medium sourness. Medium body, average carbonation. Would drink again but not something Iím going to be hunting down!
ACHops (477) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark reddish caramel with thin off white head. Aroma is dark toffee and light hops. Taste is bright caramel malt with just a hint of char on the finish. Nice bitter piney hops for balance. Easily tastes bigger than 6% abv. Lacking the nuance of the better winter beers, but very tasty and underrated here.
rangerred (788) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a one finger off-white head. Ok head retention but not much in the way of lacing.
Aroma is a big shot of piny hops along with roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Some cinnamon and nutmeg in there too. A little on the light side but pleasant.
The flavor is big on piny hops but that is quickly followed by loads of caramel and toffee. Roasted malt is there along with quite a bit of nuttiness. Cinnamon is buried underneath but it all comes together to give this beer quite the "wintry" feel. Mouthfeel is a little chalky towards the finish and just a little on the thin side.
Overall, I am quite impressed with this offering from Redhook. There are a lot of flavors coming together and they all work really well. One to pick up if you see it.