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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This annual favorite is a sublime hybrid of an American style IPA and a winter warmer. The result is a bold brew that celebrates the holidays with an intriguing blend of Centennial hops providing elegant citrus notes balanced by a backdrop of a rich caramel malt body. Dry hopped to amplify the aromas and flavor. Available in 22oz. bottles and draught. Gold medal winner at the 2010 World Beer Championships. ABV 6.5% IBU 68

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3.2
Bill Becker (1773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Mar 2006 Poured from bottle (room temp) a hazy reddish gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving an ample layer with some lacing. The smell is very fruity with citrus notes and pine. The taste is dominated by citrus up front but then some caramel sweetness moves in to balance it out. The finish returns to bitterness but it's not at all intense. Bottom line: An interesting interpretation of an American IPA with a taste that's off the beaten track a bit but it doesn't really strike my palate in a way that would make me want to buy this very often. Hehe...I guess that's why it's a seasonal. ;^)

3.7
donandres (655) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle 12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass Amber, slightly hazy, medium foam that slowly disappears Smell: hoppy but not as hoppy as other northwest IPAs Taste: bitter Feel: good carbonation, good follow through, dry finish, bitter aftertaste Overall: good beer, ok to repeat but not look for drank: Thursday, May 04, 2017 7:03 PM

2.6
brandon1989 (691) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Pours a deep copper with a creamy off white head. The aroma is dark earthy fruits, spices, and some pine. The flavor is rather mellow and not very hoppy as the high ibu count would assume. The mouthfeel is light to medium.

3.8
Capa (3433) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Copper. Bright citrus with sweet malt. Finish is sweet and bright with light candied tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Very enjoyable.

3.8
ttoadee (1580) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Burnished copper pour, finger off white head. Nose is citrus and wood. Bitter. Middle is caramelized malt, orange zest, and floral notes. Finish is zippy and bitter. Nice beer.

3.5
crispaire (244) - - DEC 4, 2016
poured a rich copper almond color. smelled and tasted holiday baked cookies, gingersnaps, raisins, and wine. had a nice malty backbone. medium body with average finish.

3.1
ajnepple (7052) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2016
22 oz bottle shared, purchased at the Craft Beer Cellar - Fort Collins. A hoppy, spiced up red ale with moderate bitterness. Notes of caramel and musty hop resin. Not too bad, but probably dated.

3
Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2015
The nose is a little herbal and peppery. Sort of like a leek. It has a decent body, a hint of biscuit that comes hidden amongst a surprisingly robust bitterness and white pepper spice.

3.5
jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Really a nice combination of winter warmer and IPA. Not sure I could pick it out of a style lineup, but it’s bright, piney, citrus-y and it has a toffee/caramel finish.

3.5
seehaferb23 (284) - - NOV 18, 2015
$3.99 at NW Growlers. Nice blend between two beers. Cheers to the holiday beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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