ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a few of these in a bottle after watching Ohio State spank Michigan and clinch a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. GO BUCKS!! Anyway, I digress. Subtle nose of caramel, flowers, and a hint of citrus. Pours a clear ruddy brown/orange. The ultra creamy and exceptionally tight off-white head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The flavor starts sweet with a warm and spicy middle that is slightly acidic. The finish is on the sweet side. The medium creamy lively palate finishes clean and slightly dry. Not bad.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
2002 - medium thick, sweet fruity malts too close to cloying.
2001 - thick, syrupy. some fruity flavors towards the end of the bottle. I donít like winter warmers that add fruit. I prefer a traditional winter warmer like Youngís or Sam Smith.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dull brown and transluscent. Dry hoppy aroma. Sweet malty taste - some hints of raspberries, caramel, woodiness, strawberry? Agreeable but mild finish. This might be a good campfire keg beer.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark amber with a foamy fast fading head. Light on the nose, not much there. Flavor is sweet and slightly spicy. Light dry malt aftertaste. Quaffable, but nothing special.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 clear watery red with a firm head that dissapates quicly...sour fruity aroma with hints of sourball cherry...watery metallicness subsiding to malty fruitiness all swiming in a subtly carbinated lake of dryness..very subtle tart sourness in the background..I dont get too much spice..just lots of sour fruits..but the body is a tad light..and if tis a cold winter night..I'd think you might want something with a little more HHmmPh!
Ernest (6485) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Bottle (2011 bottling).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber to light brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, slightly metallic.
A perfectly acceptable hoppy amber ale (certainly not an English Strong IMHO). Simple, but aromatic and flavorful. A little metallic. Overall better than expected.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2002
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
i think at redhook they just brew one beer but add different colorings and gentle little focus-group approved flavorings right before bottling. this oneís the weenie winter ale. everyone agreed amber was a pretty hue, so they went with that. head basically failed, about as substansial as a little calcium deposit on your tub. the aroma was deeply embedded but with a prybar i finally wrenched up some interesting odors. as gossamer as a ghostís fart came a wisp of watery orange kool-aid and the whimpers of a distant slice of roman meal. it improved slightly with warming, those carmel aspects went full throttle to the level of a second-rate oktoberfest, but brought along a mustard note that should have stayed buried. itís smooth and thin, sweet malts are neither challenging or threatening. if you gave this to your great aunt agnes who was expecting a chamomile tea, sheíd call it robust, but i donít. and at a weenie 5.6 abv., it ainít too warming; it rates low not for being bad, but for daring to pretend that itís baaaaad.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours medium reddish-brown with a beige head. Spicy with some malt and caramel sweetness with a nice slightly toasted barley finish, but suffers from the typical redhook thin body. And I agree, it has a weird metallic feel to it that really detracts from an otherwise okay brew.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruby amber hue. Small beige head. Sweet spicy aroma, lightly hopped. Lightly earthy, sweet, light to medium bodied. Finishes sweet, and lingers, kind of bland.
Aubrey (3479) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Not a bad winter ale; itís just not as bold or richly flavored as some others. Has a pleasant roastiness with toasty notes of bread crust, nuts, and a nip of tar and char. Subtle brown-sugar and toffee sweetness. Easy-drinking beer.