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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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3.6
hivemind (933) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Tap at Pony last night with Paul and Streets. Pours dark amber/brown with a full, thick, off-white head (no bubbles). I was expecting a lot of vegetable, earth, spice, etc. but this was really just a balanced and refreshing ale with a good level of hop bitterness and no pungent aftertaste. There was some spice and the mouthfeel was thicker, which is what I’d expect from a holiday beer, but it was almost more like an IPA or a pale ale in terms of flavor. Some reviews say 7%, RB says 8.4%, and the Pony chalkboard listed it at 9.2% last night ... in any case, it hides the high abv very well. Good beer. EDIT: I now see this is classified as a pale ale, so that makes sense...

3.6
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Tap at Chelsea brewery. Poured a copper hue with a thin beige head. Nose was citrusy. Front of citrus hops. Creamy mouthful. Abv easily hidden behind a decent malt base. Hints of orange and spice with a hint of sweetness in the finish. . Pretty easy to drink. Worthwhile.

3.5
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2007
on tap @ Coles Buffalo NY . Medicinal & Herbal hop flavor with sweet malt flavor. Citrus hop presnece also. Pretty good offering

3.5
pivo (2688) - GERMANY - JUL 14, 2007
Fresh hop and malt nose, amber color. Gritty dirty bitter that lingers. Has some character, but otherwise straightfoward.

3.5
Brandman (2963) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Dark brown body, creamy white head. Aroma has nice clear balance of cookies and fruity hoppiness. Flavour has caramelly malt touch and same balanced hop bite. Creamy and smooth palate. Quite nice.

3.4
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
sampled at Barcade. Amber/orange in color. Citrus hops in the aroma with some malt. Taste is citrus, with caramel/toffee and a bit sweet, although it does have alot of citrus and a moderate amount of bitterness.

3.4
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Draft at Blind Tiger. Aroma is slightly nutty with caramel and no real spices detected for a winter. The flavors are dulled somehow with a decent malt profile. Nice beer but not worth really seeking out.

3.3
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2006
on cask at hop devil. pretty mellow for this sort of gengre. red amber color clear with a large bubbled tan head that rushed away quickly. mostly hop flavors dominate the nose of spicy greens. flavor on the palate is similiar from the nares. slight possible rock candy feel but not much hint of clove. more of a pale ale feel to me.

3.3
DruncanVeasey (8326) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
Keg at the tap, 20/02/14- 9.25% ABV. Mid-clouded honey amber with a cream cap. Aroma wet fur, grapefruit, papaya and peppery booze. Drinkable and mellow with unspecified tropical and floral hop; mandarins in jelly, peppery hints; underlying honey and biscuits sodden with Southern Comfort. Not bad.

3.2
austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Moderate hop bite from this decent Chelsea Brewing product that has more bitterness up front that doesn't linger all that long. This beer isn't spicy or particularly malty so don't come expecting a winter warmer or "Christmas Ale" because I'd simply consider it a mild APA or a bitter Amber. Solid and respectable, but I wish the brewers at Chelsea would take some risks and brew, say, a schwarzbier or a scottish ale.


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