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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Give the gift of beer! More specifically, Brrr! The Widmer Brothers have handcrafted a special ale for the holiday season: a generous red ale. Not quite excessively hopped, with candy sweetness and a velvety finish. Perfect for celebrations. Prost!

Formerly known as W06 NW Red Ale


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 24, 2010
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with a foamy light tan head. Aroma of light caramel malt with some light citrus and pine. The flavor is a great blend of bitter hops and lightly sweet caramel malt with no alcohol taste. Medium body with average carbonation and a clean finish. Great beer from Widmer, more hops than I remember but that is a good thing.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vikingguy (837) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Pours amber-red w/ big foamy white head. Fragrant west-coast hops aroma; grapefruit and pine. Taste is dominated up front with bitter hops but fades to some sweet malt in the middle and ends with a solid hops bite. Notes of grapefruit, subtle caramel and brown sugar and some soapiness that isn’t so pleasing. Nice texture...fairly creamy and smooth. Overall, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2010
(12oz bottle). Pours slightly hazy amber with a pillow-tiop off-white head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit. Taste is bitter with a nice malty backbone. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is bitter. Not what I was expecting. The hops are pretty bright and make this a nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trail_and_ale (43) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Close to a Surly Furious but not as lively or complex. I’ll give it a thumbs up for a smoother finish over Furious, however. Enjoyed the hoppy/flowery aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Dark amber, great head. Aroma is lots of hops, reminding me of an IPA. Taste is some toasty malt, with the hops and bitterness balancing, or even taking a back seat - perhaps because of some of the sweetness involved here. The finish is again mostly of fresh hops. It’s very good - hops to malts and back to hops again.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle-poured, this has good amber color with a thin, foamy head and a laid-back nose. But I wonder at the most recent high ratings – perhaps my six-pack has been too long on the shelf at Spec’s. The flavor starts off nice with pleasant but not deep maltiness and caramel; but doesn’t grow in complexity. The same hoppiness continues right to the end without any candy finish; there’s not much relief from bitter. I tend to seek that heartier taste in “Christmas” ales so was disappointed with this particular lot.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2010
bottle. Pours clear orange ruby color with slightly yellow / creme colored head. Aroma is lightly hoppy, pine / spruce, with some biscuit / toast malt notes. Flavor is nice and balanced, and malt profile more prominent here than in aroma, caramel, biscuit, with a subtle hop bitterness on the finish. Nice. I’ll say it reminds me alot of new belgium’s 2 below though, somewhere in between a malty APA and an english strong ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Approachable East coast-style Amber with muddled hop flavor on top of light caramel malt base.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2025) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Clear amber with off white head that laces nicely. Complex aroma of floral hops, hay, caramel malt, and grapefruit. Taste is a little sweet and a little bitter at the finish. Medium bodied. Quite a nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
clear amber pour, small off white/tan head aroma of caramel, light toasted bread, and light grassy/floral hops sweet malt with hints of toffee followed by floral hops throughout to finish medium body with med/light carb with lasting hop flavors really satisfying. Good slow drink.


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