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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed to drink long winter sessions of our favorite card game. Extensive dry hopping combined with a formidable malt bill creates the hoppiest beer in Redwood County!

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2.9
demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2011
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a nice floral hop overtone with candied malt backing. Scent is most likely cascade or similar hop. Appearance is a dark clear amber or red with a thick off white slightly tan head that lingers. Taste is kind of all over the place decent pungent hop with some mixed up malt. Really kind of a mixed bag of a beer. Palate is lively on the tongue, slightly bitter sweet aftertaste. Overall, It’s kind of all over the place. Cheers!

3.8
Nsanders (1162) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2011
Looks thick; clear brown with a white head. Smells sweet though the floral hops sneaks through. Perfect blend of sweetness and hops make very drinkable. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
vikingguy (1106) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Pours a hazy golden-orange color with medium foamy white head. Strong earthy, piney hops aroma. Hops definitely dominate the flavor but it’s balanced nicely with some sweet and citrusy maltiness. Notes of orange, grapefruit, piney cascade hops, grassy floral hops, and some sweet cereal malts. Long hoppy finish. This is better than expected; much more complex and a fuller mouthfeel. Very good ale from Brau Bros.

3.1
mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle pour. Decent beer here that doesn’t quite have as much hop profile as the marketing would have you believe.

4
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
A wonderful American IPA. Just the right amount of bitterness. Love this beer on a hot day for that smooth, crisp and refreshing flavor!

2.4
Ericular (1035) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2013
I’m sure this beer is past its prime, but I have no mercy in rating if there’s no best-by date on the bottle. Wish more brewers would do this. Pours a dirty orange with no head and not much lacing. Aroma is caramel and sour yeast. Taste is a yeast bomb, then some funky malt, then a moderately bitter finish that dries out. From the other reviews, this was likely a bad batch or old bottle. Just noticed it’s a winter seasonal, so it’s probably at least 8-9 months old. Hops are a mere afterthought, making me think something’s not right here... I’ll finish the bottle, but only because the other Brau Brothers bottle I just opened was spoiled as well and I’m not pouring two bottles down the drain in a single night. Get it together, people.

3
Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
From a 12oz bottle,shared by CapnCali,strong smell and taste of Carmel,light brown color,lightly bitter.

3.4
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2009
On cask for Firkin Fest at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul 09. Had a medium pour with a good malt character accompanied with medium hops. It was a bit big to be a pale ale malt-wise but I guess the hops didn’t kick it into IPA mode. Pretty good brew overall.

3.3
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
pours amber ... nice head....some lacing....citrusy ....hoppy...not too bitter...7.7% is hidden well....tasty stuff.

3.4
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Bottle pours copper gold with small head and some residual sheets. The aroma is quite fruity, almost surprisingly fruity, cookies, and some floral stuff. The flavor is nicely bitter, malty, fruity, and quite decent actually with a rather substantial palate. I’m pleased.


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