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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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Gromit (478) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Okay, I just spent 15 fucking minutes writing a very well and thought out review and once again the site hung for 15 minutes and I had to hit refresh which erased my fucking review, so I’m just going to do the fucking numbers. BTW, this is a really good IPA and worth seeking out.

4.1
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2005
I bought this beer on a whim. Opened and sniffed the newly opened beer to gauge its aroma. Very floral in smell, Not sure what hops they used but it wasnt the typical citrusy, grassy hops. Poured it into my glass and saw a beautiful copperish/strawish beer with a thin white head. I smelled it again to make sure the bottle wasnt washed in flowers, nope! Its still floral. I closed my eyes and sipped slowly. Beautifully done, the floral aroma comes across great in the flavor. Only downfall was the malts seemed to be lacking.

4.1
JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
22 oz bottle. Deep copper-orange beer with a thick white head. Fresh hoppy aroma, a bit of grassy fresh hop aroma. Big piny/spicy hops. Underneath the hops is a nice sweet bready/spicy hop malt character. Beg sweet chewy malts in the front, caramel, bread, biscuit with big spicy hop flavour. Lingering pine comes out after the spicy/sweet malts. Fresh herbal hop aroma retronasally. Great balance, piny and citrusy hops. Awesome seasonal beer.

4.1
bhensonb (15962) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Aroma of citrus and pine hop. Lightly reddish amber color with a vigorous light tan head. Very floral start, almost rose. Smoothly sweet malt plays against tart and tangy hop. Very good mouth feel; very smooth. Finish drops off to moderate hop level, but it has that piney character that will not go away.

4.1
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Great pizza beer! Possessed a noble bouncing white fluffy head. Big centennial hops flavor. Not a paralyzing hop bitterness, with a big malt complexity and balance. rich copper-amber-bruin hue. One of Full Sail’s best efforts to date!

4.1
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2007
This is my favorite seasonal Christmas beer of the year. I poured this bad boy into a glass at a friend’s house and enjoyed it over a roast beef dinner. It was really smooth without being too bruising on the hops. Grub!

4.1
onceblind (10861) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Pours out beautifully in a dark orange-ish amber colour, with a generous fluffy ivory head, but dissipates as you drink it. Aroma is pure magic. Citrus hops, a touch of wood, a whiff of caramel, and some orange rind. Taste is surprisingly bready maybe some toast, behind a powerful wall of citrus forward IPA. Ends sweetly, with notes of grain, toast, caramel, with very light bitterness. It all comes together in a sort of "Christmas spice" kind of way. A superbly balanced IPA that definitely brings something different compared to every other IPA I’ve tasted. Texture starts kinda flat, but as it ends, very fine and lively bubbles tickle the tongue. Delicious and interesting.

4.1
topher_78 (28) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
From the moment you pop the lid one thing is abundantly clear...you better be in love with hops if you’re gonna try this beer. The brew pours a burnt orange with a fingers width of an off white head. The aroma is very citrusy from the centennial hops but the strong maltiness of beer scales the taste down considerably making it more drinkable than the aroma would have led you to believe.

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pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2007
12-21-07 Bottle shared with lb4lb, Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and more... thanks all!
Great hoppy aroma and flavor. Nice smooth and rich palate. Surprised by this one - one of the better IPAs that I’ve had. Would love to have again!!!

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Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2008
nice big beer here. the hoppiness was more subdued though, not that kick your face in burn, more of a bittering sour edge. Grapefruity i guess. It was good though hung on the palate for a long time. not my favorite but a good beer to be sure!


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