degbert (1295) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose is citrus and lavender. Pours a dark amber-gold with little head. Flavor isn’t as sweet as a winter warmer; a definite fresh hop bitterness reminds me of Sierra’s Celebration. Good, but nothing particularly ’wintry’ about it.
alexanderj (3381) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; poured a dark auburn/brown with a light brownish head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, earth, tobacco, leather and dark fruit. Flavorful; hops shine through with some caramel and fruity depth.
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured deeper garnet with a sticky beige head. The aroma picked up molasses, licorice, and nutty notes with light earth and vanilla accenting. The flavor found more licorice and molasses, along with assertive piney bitterness.. spicy and bitterness on the finsh. Medium-bodied and more bitter than expected on the palate.. decent feel and flow.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:clear auburn color, nice big creamy head. Nose of big caramel and brash bitter hops, lots of pine and citrus with caramel spicyness. Flavor is like a candy cane with the sweet malts and complex fruity notes. Finishes on the hoppy side. Nice strong winter warmer for the ut.
Sledutah (5617) - Utah, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from the state wine store
Appearance: Dark clear copper/brown with a nice sized beige head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Grapefruit and floral
Taste: Caramel malts, grapefruit with some bitter pine in the finish
A nice Winter beer.
beernutmark (2) - Utah, USA - DEC 3, 2010 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great winter ipa. Toffee and burnt sugar flavors countered by pine hop character. Nice alcohol warmth. Slightly sweet but not cloying.
funkthulhu (1) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2010 does not count
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I understand this is a winter ale, but I don’t want to drink a Christmas tree. Too much piney hops, not enough malt to balance.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz. Bottle) pours mahogany with off-white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, nuts, wood. Taste is bitter with malt sweetness balancing things out. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is bitter. There is a woodiness to this beer that I find distracting. A decent beer otherwise.
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pours amber brown with creamy beige head and foamy lacing. Smells strongly of a pine forest. Tastes strongly of a pine forest. This is not classifed as an IPA, but the aroma and taste say othewise.
dabeerguy (17) - Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winerfest types don’t usually get much play from me with a few exceptions but this seasonal from Utah (yeah Utah!) is killer. Aroma of piney / spruce hops and nutty malts develops right away. Nice bite of hops on the first taste continues to the end with a nice finish. A west coast hoppy profile for sure. Sierra Celebration (one of my all time favorites) with more malt background.