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RATINGS: 475   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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1465) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Cask at harborside tap room. Another that just faded under scrutiny of warmer than local room temp cask. Low carbonation that this created lost most if not all hop character. I did ask for a taste of "regular" draft which was much more lively, crsp and showed far greater potential.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Amber in color white head with lacing. The smell is that of a hoppy pale ale, but the flavor is kind of a let down, too watery, and just empty.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Dark amber color with little to no head. Strong hop aroma with a hint of pine and a fruity sweetness. Harsh hop flavors and somewhat light to medium bodied. It just doesn't add up to a quality IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Pours a dark clear gold with a thick head and good retention. Has a strong hop aroma with a nutty malt in the background. Body is a bit thin for the style. Flavor reminds me of SN Celebration Ale yet not as good. Blend of hops and grains with a slight metallic finish. Overall ok but nothing outstanding.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3895) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Re rate Dec 05: This gets worse every year.Hazy amber,small lasting beige head.Cat pissy hop nose and taste,absolutely no balance. Thin, and fades to a wateriness at the end

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Bronze color with a nice off-white head and light lacing. The aroma is dusty musky hop with sweet caramel malt. The flavor isn't balanced at all, but it's still easy drinking. A good refreshing winter seasonal without all that spicy malt and pine that is standard in a normal winter beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6191) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Nice Copper with tan/beige head. Some veggie and alcohol on the nose. first flavor is hops, the a woodsy earthy malt. Hops are persistant and domonating throughout. Full bodied and satisfying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9265) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Orange with a big IPA-like nose with some pine and sap. Weird hints of nuts as well. Big woody and nutty bitter flavor with alcohol in the finish. Pine-like hops, with some soapy residue.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Pours mahogany with no head to really speak of. Nice balance of floral and bitter hops, some citrus and sweet malts. Bitterness and malts blend together to make some nice flavors. Medium body that finishes with the floral and bittering hops. Nice

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 24, 2003
i get a nice roasted malt flavor with some holiday spice. Slightly soapy. I was looking for more hop bitterness and more alcohol for the cold winter season, but this is a great brew nonetheless...and a great name!


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