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RATINGS: 476   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimhilt (2595) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is smooth but hoppy, maybe spices in the background, lingering bitter aftertaste. Typical IPA. $3.79 for a 22oz bottle from Johns Marketplace Portland, OR.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a white head. Aroma is caramel, spicy, and some earthiness. Flavor is caramel, spices, and a bitter hop finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2692) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Darker amber, moderate head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is very light floral and grassy hops. Caramel as well of course. Medium bodied, not a lot of bitterness.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Poured from a 22oz bomber (2007 version) and served in a shaker. This IPA poured a highly hazed amber with a one-finger thick head of creamy beige foam. Some nice lacing was left around the sides of the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of fresh oranges, lemon zest, pine, and a ton of sugary caramel. The flavor consisted of grapefruit, peach, and mild caramel. A nice amount of bitterness, but the beautiful caramel malt found in the aroma didnt really show up in the flavor. The mouthfeel was light to medium-bodied with mild carbonation. Thin and watery. Looked and smelled good, but it was all downhill from there.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 2005, from the bottle

Pours a clear dark orange with an adequate head. The aroma is an intriguing blend of hops that left me eager to taste - but the taste was a letdown. Aggressive roasted malts compete with rather than complement a fairly nice hop profile; more troubling, the beer is somewhat sticky with a notes of cherry Robitussin. Not a standout, and probably not worth revisiting.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bottle

Pours a nice amber with a lasting head and clinging lace. Aroma is a bit of citrus with sour notes and just a bit of sweetness. Flavor is a sweet/sour hybrid of grapefruit, hops, and a touch of perfume in the finish. Palate is nice and slick. Not bad, but needs more assertion to live up to its claim of being a "ridiculously hoppy ale." Worth another try, definitely. Easy drinking.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2007
22oz bottle from Bev Mo. Poured a light, smokey rust color.......off white head. Nose of some citrus fruits....a bit piney and malty as well.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Ruby/orange, thin tan head. Nose is orange, brown sugar, malt, citrus, caramel. Flavor is caramel, slightly sour malt, brown sugar, a bit of alcohol astringency. A bit watery in the bitter twangy orange/brown sugar finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2007
(Bottle 65 cl) Slightly hazy amber golden with a lightly yellowish head. Fresh and citrusy nose. Medium-bodied, some caramel and then a rather raw and unrefined bitterness. Not exactly impressive. 150807

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (3021) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Sweeter than one would want for an IPA and nothing here that sets itself apart. Caramel forward over the citrus and pine...and stickier than youd want from the mouthfeel. Not terrible but not worth seeking out.


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