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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Off white/light tan head on a light copper body, but it just doesn't stick around very long. Herbal hop aroma, but it lacks a malt presence in the nose as an English Strong ale should. But at 5.58% ABV, it's not that strong! What little malt aroma there is seems caramelly with hints of roast and chocolate and only mildy fruity. Flavors seems rather sweet and lightly acidic, but well balanced with a hop flavor that dominates mid palate into the finish. A light fruitiness comes into the finish as well as it warms; The malt flavors seem muddled and one does not dominate over the others as in the aroma making this a fairly non complex winter brew. Medium bodied wiht moderately low carbonation and dry mouthfeel, borderline astringent. This isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not terribly complex for what it's supposed to be. I can't say I'm not disappointed in this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
beermoose (25) - Blainville, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2003
Brown Beer, Nice foaming, with a nice aroma of caramel and hops. I found it mild and closer to a brown ale than anything else. When drinking it, everything seems to be blended not letting anything special come out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 24, 2003
2003 bottle. Brownish copper color, medium foamy head. Enticing hops/citrus aroma. Nicely balanced with good malt character vs a good piney hops presence. With this much hops, it does not really seem to fit the style, but it was very enjoyable. I really thought I was drinking a very decent APA, in fact Redhook would be well served to use this recipe to market an APA, it's certainly the best beer I've tried from them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2003
2003 draught. Dark body and soft, frothy head. Has properties of caramel, fruit, and even tobacco with a considerable dose of piney hops in the finish. Aftertaste is a bit astringent, as if from soap. The 2003 is a hoppy brew and quite unlike any true English Strong Ale. I think the recipe has changed (and improved) considerably for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Strong Cascade hop aroma. Some malt aroma after it warms up a bit. Deep copper color with creamy head that lasts. Clinging rings of lace. Tastes very hoppy when fridge cold, nice roasty malt flavors come through as it warms. Decent mouthfeel. Dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Not a typical "winter" brew- no spices- but excellent for sipping away while watching the snow fly(and I am}. Overall rating seems low for this beer, I wonder if this years version is an improvement, since I've never tried it before. BTW, this year's version is 6.11 ABV. Re-rate-2/5/04- Have grown tired of hop dominance-too much for this type of beer. Having a hard time finishing one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Deep copper colored. Hoppy citrus aroma. Taste is of piney hops, with a good malt balance some lingering bitterness. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Dark copper with a big eggshell head. Hops filled my nose as soon as the bottle was opened. Flavor is very hoppy and a little bith roasty, with a very slight hint of alcohol and fruit. A very pleasant surprise!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Not my favorite winter brew. Dark copper color brew. A little harsh after-taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2003
(Draught) Pours a copper color with a thin white head. Descent tasting beer with a nice clean palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Dark copper color. decent head.Malted smells of caramel and deep roast and the flavor delivers the same mesage. Good beer. The one thing that Anheuser did was buy into Redhook. I bought this beer again and liked it even more the second time. I noticed more hops than the first time. Damn good beer.

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