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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This hearty American pale ale contains a rich blend of spices that warms the soul on a cold winter’s night. Chill the mug, stoke the fire, and savor this quality seasonal brew. Available only during the Winter season, thusly, our featured beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle courtesy of hopscotch. Pours mahogany with a thin white head. Smells of honey, ginger, spice, caramel. Tastes spicy and peppery with an earthy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2009
(12oz bottle) Small off-white head atop murky amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, ginger, some cinnamon, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, ginger, cookie, some bread, light cinnamon, raisin. Watery light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle. Cloudy amber. Short bubbly white head that gathers around the edges on the glass. Aroma is very spicy! Lots of cinnamon, ginger (like a gingerbread man), and clove along with caramel and sweet malts. Taste is gingerbread cookies, caramel, cinnamon toast, and sweet malts. Bit of nuttiness and dried fruit notes coming through as well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Finishes with more strong spices - cinnamon and ginger, mostly - caramel, light nutty flavors, and sweet malts. Dried dark fruit as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Date: March 02, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: hazy light gold, fine off white head, scattered drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy caramel malt aroma, caramel candy and cinnamon
Flavor: sweet cinamon flavor, sweet caramel candy spiced with lots of cinamon, light bitterness from the spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (8893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Bottle… Hazy, amber ale with a small, flimsy, white head. The aroma is all about gingerbread. Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation. Leans a touch on the sweet side of balance. Subtle, spicy flavor of ginger and praline. Lightly acidic. Short, crisp, clean finish. Bottle courtesy of growler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Pours a hazy straw color, with a soapy film of a head - aroma of honey, nutmeg, moderate hops, some wildflower-like character - I was a little confused by the commercial description, but this really does taste like they spiced up a pale ale, and somehow it kind of works - things open with ginger, nutmeg, and other warming wintery spices, as well as sweet honey - their potency fades fast, though, and a moderate hop profile and some bready flavors show up behind them - a little bit of honey and warmth returns in the finish - I’m not quite sure why it works, but this is a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Light orange/brown in color with a thin head. The beer doesn’t look as dark as other spice/herb/vegetable beers that I have had. Nice pungent sweet spice aroma. Very sweet aroma. Very thin but ginger spice flavor. There is also a sharp pungent pumpkin taste upfront, but a very thin spice/herb/vegetable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Pours a transparent dark bronze orange with a thin, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet orange peel and lots of ginger with a touch of anise and caramel malt. Has an average thickness body with finely dissolved carbonation and light caramel sweetness with a good spice balance. A pretty decent spiced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
CaseyFig (2) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2009 does not count
Love the First Snow Ale! Perfect hint of spices in a beer that will make you nice and cozy. My favorite seasonal!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (3630) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Draft pint at Taco Mac’s, Kennesaw. Orange-amber with a small lasting head. Aroma is light pecan, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flavor is spicy toasted nut, wood, earthy vegetables, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Light-medium body is smooth, watery and spicy-dry. Decent, but a bit too thin for the amount of spice.

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