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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Growler, courtesy of Vanessa! Pours a hazy, golden amber color; slightly oily and heavy; very thin off-white head. Dense, viscous and weighty aroma; concord grapes, ripe fruits, and floral notes; generous and very vinous, without the harsh hop character typical of ASAs. Relaxed carbonation, but still very pleasant and dense in the mouth: candy sugar and floral notes, with a persistent grapey, gooseberry note; very light bitterness with resiny, wet hop character (citrus, floral); much less aggressive than one might expect; like a gigantic wet hop ale with well-hidden alcohol. Medium, bready and grapey finish; a bit drying.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
Version 2003. A gem. Came in a 12 oz. glass, hazy golden color, with almost no head. Aroma is a bit of sweet malt and woody aromas, that are being mauled by pungent orange and lemon rind scented hops. Flavor is very complex, and not as one-sided as you would expect from a double IPA. Starts off very sweet, a bit earthy and nutty, and a touch of alcohol. All that is soon overpowered by delicious juicy hops. Citric flavors dominate the hop profile, grapefruit, orange peel, and a bit piney as well. A real gem. I can’t wait for 2004’s version!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Tap at brewpub. Faint aroma that is hard to detect, but as it warms a little more I can smell some citrus orange in there. Moderately hazy copper honey color with a nice off-white head. Citrusy orange start turning nice and chewy with a slight sweet maltiness in the middle. Piney grapefruits to finish. This is my idea of an IIPA. Extremely well balanced with a very powerful malt backbone. If this had a little more aroma, it would certainly be world-class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3264) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Draft@Extreme Beer fest '04: Citrusy with a nutty tad plastic scent. Hazy orange color. Citrus flavors, full range Grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime. Left a off taste on the tounge. Again kinda nutty/plastic. Good, but lost a little for the plastic thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest 2004: Murky orange color with a large creamy white head. Big citrus aroma that had grapefruit, orange, lemon and some earthiness. Full bodied, starts and ends really bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4828) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Dull burnished brass color, no head. Light malty nose, nothing too promising. Falvor, though--strong malty/butterscotch flavor (yes, me like them diacetyls), very sweet, no alcohol evident, light whiskeyish character, just a tad thin but very smooth; significant hoppiness throughout keeps it from being cloying and keeps the warming liqueur sensation going. On the whole, excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Hazy light brown body. Aroma is quite hoppy with some sweetness. Flavor is strongly earthy-hoppy bitter, balanced slightly by malt but not much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Very strong beer. The gravity on this stuff must be up there. Hazy deep gold, with very little head. Intense hops balanced out with tons of malt. A really huge beer with an interesting hop flavor. Must be the homegrown hops. If you live within 100 miles of this brewpub, go there. The food, and especially the beer, rocks!!!

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