rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours amber orange with a thin white head. Aroma is heavy on citrus hops. Taste is sweet caramel malts with a bitter citrus finish. Heavily hopped for an amber ale yet the flavors balance well.
poisoneddwarf (1844) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from 12 oz bottle. Aroma of piney hopsl. Smells extremely hoppy for an amber ale. Pours amber with a medium head, beautiful lacing. Taste is woody. Starts a little sweet, finishes bitter, cheesy (!!!). Tastes more like a pale than an amber but I suppose labels arenít important.
MarySueDrinks (2) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, really balanced sweet and hoppy taste, very drinkable with heavy holiday foods (I chose chicken wings).
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 12 oz bottle from TC Craft. Cloudy, orange pour with a head that leaves nice lacing. Fruity aroma and a sweet, fruity hoppy flavor. Finish is a nice bitter hoppy bite on your palate.
kangaroo (67) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice red. Great citrus hops smell. The flavor is citrus and pine hops well balanced by the roasty malt. Like a winter IPA but red. Very enjoyable. Leaves behind some lovely lacing.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a red orange with a moderate off-white head. Has a sharp hoppy aroma, with lots of mandarin orange and grapefruit citrus. Flavor is a bit of toasty sweet, fruity malt, with a pine and grapefruit hop finish. An above average winter warmer with a nice balance of sweetness and hops. Iím surprised itís classified as an amber ale considering this is hopped up to IPA levels.
Sammer (1069) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Ruby red color, muted nose. Mild hoppiness which was welcomed. Overall average winter warmer.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2010 Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Wí06 N.W. Red Ale--Brewmastersí Release 2006 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV--65 IBUís. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Mild lace head. Clear thin bronze red color. Rich earthy toasted floral hop front. Crisp earthy crusty toasted toffee caramel dry sweet mild fruit biscuit body. Clean bold bitter hop spice citrus end. Sampled 3/2/2006.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd. Brrr Seasonal Ale--Bold Hop Flavor, Candy Sweet Finish--Warm up with a cold one--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV--50 IBUís. (4.5 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial--Mild lace off white head. Clear thin bright rich amber ruby red color. Toasted floral fruit hop front. Dry sweet crisp tangy mild sweet Winter spice hint burnt fruit biscuit body. Tangy hop malt spice Winter candy crisp clean mild hot end. Hoppy Winter Red! Sampled 12/16/2008. 6-Pack $8.99.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Brrr Seasonal Ale--Warm Up With A Cold One--To: You; From: Rob / Kurt W--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV--50 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--IPA--Thin mild lace white head. Clear rich bright amber red color. Sweet floral malt hop front. Smooth mellow sweet light toffee caramel vanilla hint rich malty mild fruit hop body. Clean crisp mild hop spice rich cloying mild earthy pine malt end. Rich smooth Red. Sampled 11/29/2009. 6-Pack $7.99.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Brrr Seasonal Ale--Warm Up With A Cold One--To: You; From: Rob / Kurt W--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. 50 IBUís. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--IPA. Thin mild lace off white head. Thin clear bright rich red gold color. Crisp floral toasted Cascade hop front. Tangy spicy cinnamon malt clove caramel dry toasted body. Hot malt Winter spice bitter Alchemy hop end. No spice added--cinnamon nutmeg Malt. Sampled 10/7/2010. 12-Pack purchased @ The Ballard Market for $ 12.99 on 9/30/2010.
brenn79 (1642) - Idaho, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle- Pours deep amber with a decent head, aroma is of resinous sweet hops, very pleasing. It has a sweet candy flavor to it, but doesnít over do it. I canít believe I am saying this but I am a fan of Widmer, compared to the other craft brewery that Budweiser has acquired (Red Hook) this brewery wins hands down every time.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper color with the head disappearing immediately. Smells of hops and caramel, rather reminiscent of an IPA. Thatís a bit disappointing. Thereís a layer of some sort of sweetness...I canít quite put my finger on it though. Is it sugar, molasses, just caramel? It also has a bit of spice in there. Itís an interesting aroma.
Now the flavor is rather unique. Immediately the hops are noticeable on the tongue but give way to some sweetness in the beer. As the beer goes down, the hops seem to come back. Then again another flavor of grains, nice typical amber beer flavors along with some spice come out. As the beer finishes, the hops come out again and wave good bye. This actually quite a bit of fun to drink. Itís unique and rather flavorful.