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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Copper amber in color, this medium bodied ale has a great balanced flavor. A fruity spicy hop finish compliments in malty caramel taste. Think of English pale ale dry hopped with German Tettnang hops. This ale was made to sustain you during the long New England winter.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2005
The last of the goodies sent to me by OldGrowth, Many Thanks Tom. This beer reminded me of Stones Lees Mild, possibly because its been so long since I had the latter(and my memory doesnt serve me as correctly as it once did). Light amber colored, translucent looks like a cup of tea. Flavors are very earthy, with a cinnamon, maple flavor that is balanced with a mild dose of Noble hops. Thin bodied. Finish is most spice with a lingering flavor of old leaves.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Derek881 (1255) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Poured from a tall bottle purchased in MA into a short glass to drink. The beer had a rich brown color with a slight reddish hue and a smaller, creamy dark tan head with mild cling and retention. It featured malty scents of caramel, molasses, and slight touches of coffee and chocolate, along with some earthy hops for balance. The taste was fairly sweet and featured a mixture of caramel and a bit of bitter hops as well. A smooth, wet, and lighter beer with low to average carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2006
22oz bottle: Bottle conditioned. Somewhat cloudy medium amber with orange-red highlights when held to light and a medium yellow-eggshell colored head. Aroma is spicy/grassy hops, light spice, hints of toasted malt, caramel, light pepper, wet towel, with a touch of dough towards the end. Taste is spicy, almost peppery, hops, a hint of grapefruit, light caramel, beer-soaked bread, toasted malt, clove-orange, a hint of fruity yeast, and then more spicy hops finish things off. Medium bodied and creamy at times, while at other times I feel like its slightly watery and dead, moderate-medium carbonation, Id like it to be just a bit more dry in the finish (which is watery, with spicy/floral hops notes lasting).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2008
Dark amber. Very malt forward with light hops. Not too sweet. Well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1195) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Nicely surprising beer. Bartender told me it would be "maltier" than most beers, but this beer had great balance, was very drinkable, with a good kick. Nice, nice winter ale.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfish120love (1193) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Pours an orange foliage esc in coloration, little head. smells very malty with caramel and spices in the nose. Taste well rather unpleasant, but not undrinkable caramel hop and malt a little too over-spiced and watery at the same time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Very fruity floral nose. Thick off white, pinkish head. Ruby-copper-amber hue. Smooth pale malts, caramel,medium bodied, with fruity, hop bite in the finish. Very drinkable and pleasant. One of their better brews if u ask me. Hops are evidentin the nose, and come out very nicely in the finish of this very well rounded brew. 6.3% abv.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevd193213 (989) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 26, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2011 On draught. Amber maroon pour with a thin white head. Aroma of dark berries and almonds. Sweet taste of dark fruit, sugar and malt with a faint citrus finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Jellied copper with a yellow glow. Small, off white, tiny bubbled head. Slow, big bubbled carbonation. Spicy hop aroma with undercurrents of peach syrup. Crisp, hoppy and boldly flavored. Spicy hops and a dry caramel base injected with the stewed peaches house character. Medium full body. Quite rich, yet briskly carbonated and bitter. Yeast pour darkens the liquid and firms up the now creamy head. Smoother and gentle, yet firmly spicy. Finishes with a ton of green, leafy, spicy hops and a creamy, fruit mix. Very nice winter sessional.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2010
22oz bomber vitalized by the rain. Taste is border line non fullfilling. Like an amped up ale but too poser like to sink in the taste of excellence. Pours solid tan brown sade with nothing to see through. Goes down like an ice cube down a wet slide, but has a slinky resistance to the aftertaste that keeps you coming back. The Berkshires are beautiful.


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