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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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UNCCTF (511) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
On tap. I swear to God, this beer smelled like ketchup. I thought I was crazy until my wife, who was also sampling it, said "Does this smell like ketchup to you?" Fortunately, things got better after that - some decent spice in the flavor. A fairly standard winter ale, but certainly nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
climberbob (234) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Sweet aroma. First taste is of candy and spice. No head to speak of. Average beer. Not something I will go back to. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Draft at Jojo’s. Pours clear amber/copper with a creamy off white head and lots of lacing. Tastes like herbs, spices, Brady malt, lemony citrus. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like herbs, citrus, bready.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnbion22 (2) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2014 does not count
Tapped a sixtel for the "pale" tap in the kegerator. Thought this would be a good choice for the holidays to share with friends and family. Pours nice in the glass. Good, not great lacing. Very clean, mildly spiced aroma; pleasing. Also clean palate. Finish is appropriately nice as well. This is a good winter ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rangerred (988) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy medium orange with a small half finger white head. Poor lacing and not really any head retention. Aroma is heavily spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and apples. Almost cider-like. The flavor is quite heavy with the spice as well, a bit too much i’m afraid, but it isn’t completely awful. Loads of cinnamon and allspice with more of that spiced cider quality. Somewhat of a chalky mouthfeel with a mild bitterness to wrap things up. Overall, a pretty standard winter warmer that could use a bit of cleaning up. It is totally drinkable, though, even if it is a bit rough around the edges.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jsmerig (1307) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours a clear reddish gold. The aroma is spicy. The taste is cinnamon and cherries. Like a less robust version of mad elf. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Erzengel (4745) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2014
The beer is amber colour and hazy in the glass. The nose is honey-spicy with hints of nutmeg. The beer starts highly carbonated and slightly sour. Has it turned? Winter is just over… but after three month? Sadly no best-before date on the bottle - so I have to guess that it has to taste like this! (that’s one reason why I hate US-laws concerning beer - but it is the brewery’s fault this time!)- The mainpart stays slightly sour, nice spicy aroma there, maltiness, but I dislike the sourish taste! The aftertaste is smooth malty, spicy with sour fruity elements!
A brew which is too sour for what it wants to be! And - as there is no best-by date - I once again have to assume that the brewers want it to taste like this! --> 4/10/3/4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stevoj (2544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Super fluffy, rocky head, on hazy orange/gold body. Mild sweet, spicy aroma, gingerbread, fruitcake, etc. Taste is more of the same with a lean towards the sweet side. Slippery mouthfeel. Getting too close to spring to enjoy this style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (7799) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2014
12oz bottle from Party Town. Shared with b3shine. 2nd pour is mostly hazy amber orange colored. Thin off-white head. Interesting kind of citrusy fruity nose... Harsher bittering hop and spice in the flavor. Couple dots and bits of lace. Medium body. Soft, kind of smooth carbonation of moderate strength. Moderate bitter, lightly spicy, light to moderate sweet taste. From the taste I suspect that this was either brewed in early last fall or the fall before. Tastes like a distinctly older pale with spices added, which doesn’t work well. Not a fan of this. Kind of musty. Code on back of the bottle was 4297.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2014
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.

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