arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perhaps one my new favorites. Had it on recommendation at an English style pub with a reuben (best sandwich ever, btw), and I fell in love. If I ever have a few extra bucks for beer during the winter season down south, I’ll be buying this beer.
tillmac62 (217) - 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.
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!
SSSteve (3786) - - 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 it’s not so sweet. great stuff.
Cybercat (3384) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Comes out of the tap a clear, darkish amber with an average head. Aroma is strong and spicy as well as somewhat malty; spice is mainly cinnamon and cloves. Flavor is fairly strong and malty, and the spicy component is mainly cloves and cinnamon. There is also just a hint of hops. Texture is fairly smooth and tingly, and nips at the tongue.
nuplastikk (4568) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Hazy orange-amber color, nice frothy head. Big cinnamon-clove aroma. Pretty interesting in that it blends the think spiciness with a lighter, sessionable malt body. Not at all unlike a pumpkin beer, this is unapologetic in it’s overboard spicing. I can appreciate a unique winter beer, and this is certainly unique. Captures an almost creamy Belgian Golden Ale combined with the spicy characteristics of an American Pumpkin Ale. OK.
JDBaker11058 (1316) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: like couldy melted butter; head is creamy, eggshell white with lingering lace. Aroma: honey, citrus, white grapes, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and molasses. Taste: very sweet--notes of honey, cinnamon and clove, with a hint of lime and candied, dried fruits; underlying all of it is a rich sweet malted grain flavor. Finish: lingering sweet tarts candy and warm spices, with a hint of toasted nuts. Notes: Very nice. Definitely a winter sipper, with a very nice creamy smooth palate. Tasted like liquid pannetone. Fittingly, had it during the first snow.
robgibbens (415) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a medium amber color, more like a dark brown-gold. There is a spicy aroma coupled with fruity malt. You may also get a whiff of pumpkin pie when the beer has a chance to breath.
The beer is light in the mouth and has a spiced flavor. This is what I am looking for when enjoying my Christmas tunes, some spiced beer! It is not an overpowering flavor, but plays on the tongue for a moment before fading away. The beer is refreshing and definitely not heavy.
ChainGangGuy (4392) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Clear, coppery body with a small, white head and some meager lacing.
Smell: Aroma of pale malts with a very light hint of grain. Big pop of spices in the nose. As it warms a bit, some dried orange peel joins the scene.
Taste: Pale maltiness with a mild, crystal malt-type sweetness present. Plenty spicy, with distinct tastes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves. R.J. Rockers must have a hook-up with an online specialty spice retailer. Just like the aroma, the orange peel really only joins the party upon warming. This is all appropriately matched with some spicy hops and a medium bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering orange peel flavor, maybe even some perceived ginger, too.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Nice array of spices set against a lighter, more drinkable pale ale. Did R.J. Rockers brew up a pleasant winter beer? Yes, yes, they did.
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.