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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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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3.5
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2013
From bottle. Amber color with clingy white head. Aroma is citrus, yeast, and malt. Taste is citrus and pine hops, dark malting, and a touch of spice. Balanced bitterness in the finish.

3.6
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle - pours a clear amber with thick foamy head. Nose of hop and grass. Taste is of hops, malt, and pine. Oily mouthfeel. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
stevoj (5036) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Poured from a bomber. Dark amber body with small silky head. Immediate aroma of piney hops, some caramel. Taste is mostly hops but not to much, balance is perfect) with some caramel and malt sweetness, and is touch of winter spice (nutmeg?). This is what I love about the holidays!

3.6
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2013
This one is all about balance. Nice floral and citrus hops blended well this caramel malts. Real soild brew

3.5
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2013
22oz bottle ’03 Reserve Old Notes-Pours a cloudy amber with a small head. Aroma of caramel, malt, citrus, and hops. Taste of the same with a nice blend between all the flavors. This full bodied brew is well balanced and is a nice cold night drink.

3.7
ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick creamy off-white head that lasts and has nice lace. Aroma is piney floral hops with a sweet malt background. Taste is rich, creamy and slightly grainy malt with tropical fruit and a citrus, floral and mildly earthy hop finish. Nice lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation.

3.8
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Hay orange-amber pour with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and orange. The flavor is similar with some bitter pine, light orange, caramel and medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
February 2012. Sampled at the brewery. This is probably my favorite Full Sail IPA so far. Big on flavors and aromas with pine, caramel, citrus and plenty of hops. Bitter and dry finish, just like it should be.

3.7
Strykzone (7356) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Bomber from Hayduke. We had this together via facebook chat. It poured very hazy mid brown and had a nice frothy beige head. A little lacing was left. I smelled citrus and pine hops with caramel and a little spice. Both of those hops were tasted. Grapefruit left a big bitterness. The after taste was long and was grapefruit bitterness. Pine was tasted less so. Caramel was big. This reminds me of a double IPA in that it has big flavors. The ABV is not big enough for a double but the flavor is. A little cinnamon spice is tasted. This is quite a nice IPA with big flavors in a reasonable ABV beer.

3.4
Landmonger (155) - USA - MAY 9, 2013
Poured into an english pint glass,the color is a cloudy amber with minimal head, the aroma is very nice with hints of fruit, citrus, taste is citrus, some sweetness and was seems to be nutmeg or cinnamon.


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