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RATINGS: 473   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zoucrew102 (1479) - - JAN 19, 2013
Aroma is hoppy. Dark amber color with light head. Smooth to start with a very hoppy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
crispaire (98) - - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (5414) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alphadelic (2180) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1673) - 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 its bright, piney, citrus-y and it has a toffee/caramel finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seehaferb23 (226) - - NOV 18, 2015
$3.99 at NW Growlers. Nice blend between two beers. Cheers to the holiday beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2715) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle. Moderate roasted and caramel for the malt, moderate to heavy orange for the hops, light musty for the yeast, with a hint of date in the background. Head is small, frothy, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky amber orange. Flavor starts moderately sweet and moderately acid, then finishes moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, slick, with a lively carbonation and a moderately astringent and a mildly sticky finish. A nice citrusy hopped IPA with a warm feel for the beginning of the holiday season.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AnokaBrewer (171) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Pours a golden amber color with very little head. Aroma of citrus and hops. While it said it was a holiday beer, I believe that was more due to release date than any spice or added flavorings to the beer, as I really didnt pick up on any. It was a very good strong IPA.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Christmas style IPA isnt really my thing. Getting pine, syrupy sweetness, spices, muddled earthiness. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2015
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper with thick frothy white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops. Nice bitter hop bite up front followed by some sweet caramel malts and bread. Medium bodied. Nice lacing. Dry piney bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
furthur (984) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at share, medium amber body, little head, some lacing. Aroma sprucy and citrus. Taste is hoppy, citrus and spruce and light malt, a little lychee. Palate is nice and smooth, not too rich. Carbonation about right, not too sharp.


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