arojewski (22) - 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, Iíll be buying this 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!
SSSteve (3551) - 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.
Cybercat (2772) - 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 (3825) - 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 itís 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 (1067) - 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 (370) - 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 (4231) - 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.
notalush (4457) - 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.