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RATINGS: 499   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


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1239) - Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2013 From bottle (2012 release) 11/19/12. Good winter ale with dark malt flavor and a distinct hoppiness. From bottle (2013 release) on 10/22/13. Amber color. Pine and citrus aroma, with a hint of malt. Distinct grapefruit and pine hop taste with some dark roasted malt underlying. Finishes with a balanced hoppy aftertaste and a warming effect.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle from Whispering Willows Liquor: Created a frothy layer of head which ended up dissipating rather quickly while the liquid was a dark honey color. As for the nose, there is a subtle balance between lightly toasted caramel malt and a dosage of green hop pellets. The flavor is the same as the aroma with a decent hop bite and a semi sweet taste of caramel/toffee fashioned malts than hang in the balance. I missed out and was never able to find this beer when it was named W06 NW Red Ale, so I’m happy to have finally found it in distribution even if it wasn’t that special. Diggin’ the name of this beer though—how clever.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2014
[Bottle] Ruddy brown pour with little head on the top. Aroma is of caramel malts, nutmeg and light alcohol. Flavor is of boozy caramel, spicy phenols, alcohol, hops, brown sugar and some fruit. Moderate bitterness comes out more in the finish. Overall, the flavors could have come together a little better in this. Tasting notes from early 2012.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stevesie (313) - - MAY 18, 2014
Straggler from a Widmer sample pack. Nice dark copper appearance with a touch of white head. Perfect blend of hops and malt in the nose. Got this in spring, but makes me want to start a fire. Taste delivers on what the nose promised--a perfect hop-malt balance that would pair wonderfully with a hockey game or holiday get-together. After taste is rich, with a hint of chocolate or coffee. This sets the standard for winter ales.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (448) - Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2014
Tap. Pours clear amber with a good tan head. Strong hop nose of citrus. Nice hoppy red ale.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (865) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2014
Hoppy winter ale. Not a strong aroma but faint touches of floral hops with sweet malts. A little earthy. Nice dark or burnt caramel color with a white head. Weighty and carbonated palate. Hops hit you first with a mild woodsy and malty base. This drinks like a hoppy red ale. Not much spice as some holiday ales. The bourbon version is better.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goucho (1) - - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (1973) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle from 99 Bottles (Federal Way, WA). Malty, caramel, some citrus. Amber brown color. Thick malt, hint of maple / good hop presence in mid, licorice, spice, cookies, light chocolate roast. Medium body, nice mouthfeel. Well made. A session winter brew with a NW hop twist. Refreshing.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubblehouse (323) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Descent beer. Not much of an aroma. Not the worst winter beer but no where near the best.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (158) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Format: Bottle from Whole Foods, Redwood City
Appearance: Ruby amber
Aroma: Grapefruit, pine
Taste: Big hops up front with strong grapefruit, mango and some pine bark. Followed by smooth, light chocolate malts. Some bitterness and slight burn on the finish
Texture: Medium body / light carbonation
Overall: Rich Double IPA qualities with great balance of Red Ale maltiness... highly drinkable for fans of IPA/DIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1387) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pours an amber color with a nice head with a bit of lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit and bit of spice. Taste of malt caramel sweetness bit of citrus and spice. Decent bitternes and a dry finish. Moderate body, smooth with a nice feel. The 7.2% ABV is very well hidden. Nice beer to get you through a cold winter night.


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