hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
BottleÖ 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!
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 - Iím not quite sure why it works, but this is a pretty good beer.
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orange/brown in color with a thin head. The beer doesnít 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
CaseyFig (2) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Love the First Snow Ale! Perfect hint of spices in a beer that will make you nice and cozy. My favorite seasonal!
nearbeer (3289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Draft pint at Taco Macís, 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.
radagast83 (3797) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma is spices, nutmeg, touch of cinnamon, and maybe a tinge of clove and a dash of honey. Flavor is a lot like a Fall pumpkin beer, however the spice mix is enough to warrant calling this a early winter beer.
SSSteve (3557) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
murky orange/amber under a medium sized off-white head. aroma of peach, pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, grapefruit, maybe some cinnamon. flavor has lots of nutmeg and fall spices. similar to a pumpkin beer but better because itís not so sweet. great stuff.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours an amber color with a medium head. Poor head retention and lacing. Very slight haze. Spices are dominant in the aroma, mainly your nutmegish pumpkin spices. Seems like there is actual pumpkin, even though the commercial description doesnít say so. Taste is spice... lighter than the aroma... and some vegetal hops. Medium bodied.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a large, frothy white head. Aromas of nutmeg, spruce, pumpkin, and a hint of cinnamon. Smooth initial taste with a flat carbonation, leaving creamy texture in the mouth. Tastes of pumpkin and nutmeg dominate the buds although the aftertaste has a more of a Christmas taste. Not horrible, not great and definitely interesting.