b3shine (6269) - Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks solid; a mostly transparent orange with off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells odd; the hops and winter spices seem to fight rather than marry. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Eh.
dfinney23 (2096) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lots of spices but not much else going on. Needs a more assertive ale to stand up to the spices.
tillmac62 (361) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear medium amber pour with a slight red hue. Nose is of clove mostly, with hints of nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon. Almost a light medium body with good carbonation. Nice balanced blend of spice flavor with nutmeg and cinnamon on the forefront, cardamom in the middle and with clove dominating the end. Clean finish with a bitter clove aftertaste. A bit of sweetness would improve the balance and contrast the spice. Still, this one is outstanding.
gizmo_ber (189) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
It’s a little too seasoned, leaves an almost lemon type aftertaste and a bit of a cinnamon overload.
geologyguy (901) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice sweet and spicy smell...taste is of ginger but smooth and mellow...crystal clear with crisp-ish finish! Wish it was a bit maltier though
firemarshal (190) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle into shaker. Golden amber. Strong cinnamon aroma and even stronger cinnamon flavor. Not so great.
ronaldtheriot (1448) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
R.J. Rockers The First Snow Ale has a thick, off-white, spongy head, a somewhat hazy, orange-gold appearance, lots of bubble streams, and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is very much like a spiced candle- wax, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin?, and white bread. Taste is the same, with an overriding spiciness, which seems to be white pepper, but it’s hard to say, really. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and R.J. Rockers The First Snow Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and spicy. Overall, this is interesting and good. RJT
ads135 (3302) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber with an average head. Medium bodied. Spicy with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Nutty.
Imaena (1991) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught. This is not what I expected at all. Its got some alcohol warmth and lots of odd spice flavors.
mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light, translucent amber with a thick, white head that stays. Light aroma with little of note. Slightly effervescent mouthfeel. Mild, only slightly bitter flavor (especially light considering the claimed American Pale Ale style), with heavy spice notes. A rather odd combination.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for the Daystrom M-5