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Willimantic First Class Festive Ale

Willimantic First Class Festive Ale
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Our unfiltered Fall Double IPA brewed with home grown hops and lots of Galena, Pride of Ringwood, and Nugget.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bellco33 (699) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2016
On tap at the brewery: Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma of pale malt and booze. Taste is boozy up front and then toasted malt, and dough. Not much going on here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2012
on tap at brewery, started very boozy but thinned out to a toasty biscuity stronger ale, safe drinkable beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2011
12 oz glass at the brewery. A cloudy blonde hue, this unfiltered IIPA has a strong flavor and a heavy body with plenty of citrus flavors and lots of brown sugar taste from the residual sugar. A little too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Pours amber with a white head. Smells of pine resin, lots of floral hints, touches of biscuits. Tastes of caramel with lots of up front spicy qualities probably coming from the selection of hops. Mouthfeel is oily with a finish that is sugary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Transparent viscous copper amber pour has a stringy-lacing white head. Aroma has a big resiny piny hop presence with some caramely malty sweetness. Starts rich and caramely sweet with a lot of big bittering and grapefruity flavor hops. Pretty well-balanced and drinkable, a nice IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2007
On draft at the brewery. Pours a dark amber color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Heavy aromas of grapefruit, hops, and spice with a hint of mint. Flavor is of citrus fruits, hops, and grass with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth. Awesome brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Growler provided by kmweaver. Clear amber body with a tiny off-white head. The nose is herbal and sweet with cotton candy, grapefruit, tangerine and cat urine. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter with cotton candy, tea, spicy herbal hops and orange peal. Medium/full body is soft and sticky with low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 29, 2007
On tap at the brewpub, listed at 7.7%. Hazy amber with a white head. Huge nose - boldly floral, perfumey, with sweet orange, ruby grapefruit and an underlying pine resin. Wow! Bracingly bitter flavors of grapefruit rind, spicy orange and a sweet malt spine. Excellent lace rings. Another hop head orgasm from Willimantic - excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Perfumy floral aroma, great orange juice notes. Sweet and inviting. Murky brownish haze. Very floral sweet bouquet, Excellent malt hops combo wet and sweet citrus fruit flavor finishes smooth and dry. Love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Poured from a growler. Bronzey orange and mostly clear, somewhat of a thin syrup. Rich plum, bold grape and caramel aroma; red apples, cinnamon, spicy hops. Dry, and intense. A heavy and ubiquitous vinous characteristic tends to dominate; this is a mysterious hop shade of some kind that seems common and unique to these Willimantic pale ales. This presents itself richly in the flavor with a bright raspberry sweetness, which develops an acerbic bitter character in leading toward dry pear skins, banana, and grasses. Vanilla and butterscotch; crisp brown sugars. Smooth, slightly slick and a bit thick in the mouth, finishing with more dry berry tones. Quietly unique, certainly; sweet, and pleasant, though not entirely stunning. Thanks for sharing, Ken!

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