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RATINGS: 539   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle from Ken (kenb) Thanks! Pours out a dark red color without much of a head. Smell is citrus, grass, and chocolate? Rich and flavorful taste that make this somewhat of a hopped up amber ale. A different, very unique IPA that seems to be what Twin Sisters IPA should have been. This one comes out as a very strong, hoppy PNW beer without really trying hard. A good solid effort, not sure if this is a seasonal, or a year round beer, but its pretty damn good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2006
12 oz bottle from local grocer. Small head, fair amount of lace, dark reddish brown color. Mild hoppy smell. Very nice full bodied taste, well hopped but not over the top. Very balanced. Good fresh hop aftertaste. I will put this up there with the Stone India Pale Ale, Very nice effort, i hope they keep producing this, best Widmer Bros beer yet!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Heyyy, alright. Glorious red/amber in color with a fast moving head. Yeasty aroma with cascade hop smell. Slightly watery texture. Juicy fruit hoppiness, quite succulent, lots of sweetness, but not overwhelming. Doesn’t seem to be too heavy on the crystal malts. Citric hops linger on the swallow with some residue of caramel malts. Great brew!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Well, it looked just like the picture. Very red hued, very fluffy white head. Pours clean, fresh, sweet aroma. Flavors are tart, like oranges, very sweet. Finish is smooth, lingers well. Doesn’t sour in the aftertaste, stays candy-like.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Pours a clear copper bronze with a thin, lightly-lacing off-white head. Fresh, piney citrusy hop aroma has a subtle caramel malty background. Starts with some light toasty sweet caramel toffee, well-balanced with some bittering, resiny piney hops. A fresh very drinkable IPA, but could use a little more body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle and tap. Pours copper with a decent head. Nice aromas of malts and chocolate as well as strawberries. Flavors are complex, with hints of caramel, hops and fruit. Really like this beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Wow!!What a taste!Had a good head.Color red-amber.Aroma was hoppy.tatsed unusual biting,candy apple without the sugar.Good commercial description.I didn’t taste the chocolate,though.It has a bitter aftertaste,but it also had a citrus or fruity.I will buy again,but the taste does get to be a bit much after a couple of bottles.Best to limit to 2 bottles per drinking session.Will buy again!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1340) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 12 oz bottle dated 3/21/06. Pours a deep reddish brown with a large fluffy light tan head that is long lasting and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is caramel malts and grassy piney hops.

The flavor is slightly sweet bready caramel malts initially followed by a good deal of piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste, but is balanced by a little residual sweetness. There’s a little melon fruitiness as well. The mouthfeel is medium to full with velvety carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. It’s a drinkable, nicely hopped red (makes for a good IPA).

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scarecro (18) - USA - JUN 23, 2006
poured a reddish amber color. very heavy on the gut. a good after 5 pm beer. The bitterness was a bit strong. A solid Red Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with cbkschubert - Thanks Craig! - Pours deep red with a creamy beige head that stays very well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of grapefruit hops over caramel malts. Flavor is quite malty sweet to begin with. Lots of caramel, a little rye flavor and some roasted malts but finish is mostly grapefruit and floral hops. Somewhat bitter on the finish but pretty creamy on the palate. Medium body. Pretty nice beer.


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