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RATINGS: 560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerThinker (3) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008 does not count
Caramel and Chocolate malts pair up to give this beer an intense deep, glowing red color and a billowy head fueled by the ample carbonation. The nose is all of citrus and candy-sweet malt up front and slowly yields to a warmer, more subdued malt character. The palate follows suit and offers a very nice interplay between sweet malt and bitter hops. While predominantly a hoppy beer, this one finishes clean, crisp and surprisingly well balanced. Strong carbonation provides some body, but the mouth feel is just bit thin, if anything. Otherwise, very drinkable and not the least bit boozy from the relatively high ABV. My samples were enjoyable and somewhat reminiscent of another cold weather favorite of mine - Schlafly Christmas Ale - particularly in the aggressive hop profile. Kudos to Kurt and Rob Widmer on what should be a welcome addition to the craft winter seasonals lineup for winter ’08!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Dark orangish amber with medium head. Nice mild sweetness with assertive citrus hops. Finishes with moderate bready malts. Enjoyable, and not at all what I expected for some reason. Actually, a bit too bitter to finish and could stand a little more balance. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1969) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Dark amber ale, with a huge creamy eggshell white head. Hoppy aroma mostly, citric.Some toasted malt.Hoppy, lemony ,good bitterness at and, but body of the beer is well supported by busicuity malts. Good enough on the palate..i like the very long lasting hop bitterness. Nice beer, pretty similar to the W06..maybe a bit spicier though.
Earlier Rating: 2/21/2006 Total Score: 3.4
New offering from Widmer..same simple styled label as the W’05. Dark coppery red, clear, with a small tan head. The aroma is rather on the subdued side, what there is is mainlly malty with a hint of piney hoppiness in the back. this is a rather malt dominated ale to start off..semi sweet then the hops take over and leave a long lingering bitterness. Not bad mouthfeel atg all..quite good in fack. Not a bad beer at all from Widmer, i had three. This is a good shot at a Red ale..but still nowere near as good as Deschutes Cinder Cone Red.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle. Poured deep red with foamy white head. Aroma of hop and citrus. Hop, citrys and a bit of candy in the flavour. Medium hop finish. Not quite like a strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Rumor is that this is just one of the W series beers relabeled, but I’m not sure on that. Pours darker copper with a tall white head. Malty start with a big citrus hop finish. Notes of caramel and chocolate. Pretty nice big malty IPA.
Earlier Rating: 12/13/2004 Total Score: 3.2
On tap at the Widmer Brewery. Pours a transparent amber with a small white head. Light fruity hoping in the aorma, some citrus hops. Flavor starts with just a touch of fruity malt, finished off by a bigger bitterness. Citrusy hop finish, with slight grapefruit notes. This was a nice hoppy brew, easy drinking and smooth. This brew should replace the springrun IPA as their bottled spring brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Re-packaged under the "Brr" nametag for the 08 Holiday season. Someday maybe Widmer will actually make a beer that I enjoy drinking. This wasn’t it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 15, 2008
2008 Bottle - Pours a coppery red with a large off-white head...aroma is huge, soapy and piney, a very interesting brew...Starts off with a bitter bite, and slowly leads into caramel-y malts and finishes slightly sweet, with the bitterness apparent in every stage...not an overly hoppy brew, but moreso than its winter counterparts...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2008
On tap at Widmer Gasthaus in Portland, OR--Floral summit onion hop nose from an amber-copper body with hints of clear chestnut. Silky thin white head. Spicy, smooth like it came out of a laboratory. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Widmer NW Red 8 3 16 5 9 41 1/19/08 On draught at the Portland brewhouse. At first thought it was the W ’06 re-brewed, but their menu made no mention, and this was a much more drinkable brew. Aroma is c-hop forward balanced by sweet malt, very PNW pale ale in character. Appearance is clear copper with a moderate off-white head and heavy lacing. Flavor is a blend of ESB and APA characteristics, with a near perfect balance of low flora bittering hops and sweet caramel malt. Simple, and VERY easy drinking. Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium carb texture and a spicy/sweet finish. Overall, very well made, great blending, and can down one in a heartbeat.
Earlier Rating: 2/9/2008 Total Score: 2.9
From the bottle, summer ’06. Overall, this just struck me as slightly stale. The malt was just too low on sweetness, and the hops came of as very earthy, with a low flora to them. Dryness was a bit high for the style as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Trade from Ross, thanks! Pours a coppery red with average off white head. Aroma is of light citrus hops and caramel and sweet malt. Taste is same as the aroma but the alcohol shows up, barely. However, this is a very smooth and enjoyable beer.

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