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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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For this special release, we wanted to brew a flavorful winter IPA that captured the aroma of the season. This brought us to juniper berries, which add a slightly sweet, piney character. Complemented by citrus notes from American hops, this balanced IPA will brighten the holidays. Cheers!


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (509) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Light copper color, poured from bottle, with a white foam head. Has a lightly piney aroma, which stands out stronger than the citrus. Has a nice hoppy character with a tad bit of pine. Very nice.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - OCT 3, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-15-13- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a two finger white head. The head is big and fluffy looking, and fades very slowly over time to leave a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is nice and hoppy with lots of floral and spicy hop smells. The floral aromas are quite big and mixed with fantastic juniper berry smell giving it a slight gin like aroma. Some lighter malt and sweeter smells are there as well with a light grapefruit and sweet orange smell, which overall produce a rather soothing floral and juniper berry tea like smell. Taste –While the aroma is quite big on the floral and juniper, the taste, at least in the front, is not. The taste begins with a toasted grain and grapefruit hop flavor. Along with these flavors are some sweeter tastes of tangerine. The juniper and floral flavors come more to fruition in the middle and to the end, with some of the tangerine flavors that were present upfront fading at the expense of some caramel tastes. The juniper and floral flavors get rather strong toward the end, mixing the nice grapefruit hop flavor, leaving a very pleasant, moderately sweet, but nicely floral and spiced hop flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel –The beer has a wonderfully thick and creamy feel for a brew of only 5.8 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the lighter side. The thicker body really accentuates the floral hop and juniper flavors of the brew really allowing them to shine. Overall - This is a rather tasty brew overall with a nice floral and juniper flavor as well as a good feel all while still maintaining a rather easy drinkability. This is one I like, and would recommend. Rather nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"Fresh off the bottling line I was hoping for a little more pop. Nice enough, but a pretty restrained ipa. Pine and light citrus, some Carmel malt backbone. Light on the palate with minimal bite."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
generallee08 (714) - New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 5.8% abv. Appearance: From the pour I got a tall off white head which is thick and long lasting. This makes for very good lacing that coats the glass. The body of the beer has a deep golden / light amber color with good clarity and a few bubbles of carbonation. Smell: In the nose I get pale biscuity malt with loads of fresh cut spruce, pine sap and sawdust. I am also picking up a spicy note as well which adds a gingerbread like character to the aroma. Taste / Palate: It’s pale and light, almost watery up front at first. Biscuity maltiness lays down a base for a big hit of pine like hop flavor and bitterness to follow. Notes of juniper berries and fresh cut pine mix with a now gingerbread like maltiness before hop bitterness finishes and then lingers on the palate. Carbonation feels soft and the overall feel is smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured into a sensory glass. Pours a nice reddish dark copper with a tall off-white head that slowly dissipates while leaving a lot of lacing. Smells of juniper, honey, citrus, and piney hop notes. Tastes just as it smells, nice hop presence up front and good bitter finish. In between, flavors of juniper run across the palate, giving it a slight gin-like taste. Nicely balanced between the sweet bread and juniper with the bitter hops. Overall, a solid IPA, with the juniper being a nice touch, easy drinking enough to work in the warmer months, but heavy enough to fit in perfectly for winter consumption.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Variety pack bottle. Pours copper with off-white head. Nose was caramel malt, hops, mild florals. Tastes of caramel malt, piney floral hops. RReminds me a hybrid of boston lager and Noble pils.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6588) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
On tap at West Coast Brew Fest. Pours amber with a rich beige head and an herbal aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a lots of juniper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11252) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Tap at West Coast Brew Fest 2014. Pours amber gold with a white head. Aroma is juniper, but it made me think celery at first. Med body. Flavor is very "gin". Yeah! Really good!!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1957) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2014
12 oz bottle from the Winter mix 12-pack. Not the first juniper IPA I’ve had, but perhaps the best. Contrary to expectation, this was not overly piney or harsh. The juniper was most obvious in the aroma, although citrusy hops dominate both the aroma and the flavor. Relatively low bitterness. Fine amber color with a decent head.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3584) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2014
bottle - Clear amber-orange pour, small off-white head... it has a mild aroma with some citrus and a bit of pine. The flavor is moderately bitter with sweet caramel malt. It’s medium bodied and overall pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (574) - Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper colored. Pretty clear. Nose is nice mild hops. Overall tasty and mild. A good intro IPA for new IPA drinkers.


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