GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy deep amber, thin beige head, foamy lacing. Floral and caramel notes. More bitterness than sweet, like a strong ale. Maybe itís been sitting on the shelf all winter. Medium-bodied with a long finish. Too long.
Ratman197 (10840) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, orange, tangerine and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, orange, light pine and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter finish.
daknole (10111) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the famous hellbilly. Thanks dude. Nice malty aroma with some honey, caramel and a nice hit of citrus hops. Flavor is sweet and malty with the citrus hops showing themselves very nicely. Well done brew.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark amber with a big off-white head. This beer has a very big thickness to its palate. Itís malty and a bit peaty like a scotch ale.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a quickly subsiding head.
Aroma: Cinnamon toast with a little butter. A whiff of berry can be found, though not very strong.
Taste: Bready and sweet malts, bitter hops, and finishes fruity and spicy.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This falls in line with many íWinter Seasonalsí Iíve had, but doesnít stand out in the pack.
arminjewell (8463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours red with off white head, aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste up front is cirtusy hops, pleasantly, working into caramel sweetness and a spicy bitter finish. Very nice seasonal brew!
islay (1382) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Appetizing, hoppy, dry aroma that is pleasant but not outstanding. Pours a clear amber with a moderate amount of tannish cream head with a few small bubbles. Bready, toasty taste. Also some fruit, especially apricot. Dry hops in the flavor. Simplistic but charming taste. Moderate body. Smooth and easy to drink in the palate. Good, well balanced, accessible, enjoyable brew.
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. filtered. clear rust, small off-white head. nose is fresh hops and bready, crusty crystal malt. excessively bitter and astringent throughout. rough, messy malt, caustic hop bitterness. an endlessly messy beer that attempts to imitate celebration right down to the label.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught. Nice malty aroma with caramel sweetness and a touch of hops. The flavor is nicely balanced with malt and hops. Yes it has a northwest hop feel but it is certainly not a hop bomb. Great beer.
allendodd (115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber Ale: "A style without definition." OK. I can do this. Pours a golden-brown (some might call it "amber"), with a thin and quickly dissipating head. Initial nose is great big hoppy and the first taste is the juniper-hops. The malt sweetness isnít really enough to pull this one back from the brink, but it does finish with a better balance than the initial taste was suggesting that it would. Not so bad/not so great. Iím not going to buy another 6 of this unless I forget that Iíve had it before, but itís not all that bad.