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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a one-of-a kind beer brewed for the “cool” months of the Southern California winter. We blend together locally harvested spruce tips from Angelus Oaks, maple syrup from Wisconsin and cinnamon from Saigon in just the perfect amounts to complement each other. The base beer has a nice rich flavor of malt and caramel which combines with the spices for a very well balanced and delicious beer. Additional Information: This beer was first produced in December of 2009 and the response was so good that we’ve decided to brew it each winter!

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3.7
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Numba 5! Appearance: Pours a murky dark copper with no real head to speak of. Aroma: Sweet, fruity malt. Taste: Sweet cinnamon, spruce, caramel and booze. Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy. Overall: After a pint, my reaction in Guy Fieri fashion was "MONEY." A real tasty kick in the ass.

3.7
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours a nice deep chestnut brown with a small off white head which fades to some lacing. Aroma is of toasted sweet malts, caramel, molasses, cinnamon, some pine, and some fruits. Taste is similar with sweet caramel malts, molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon, spruce, and some ripe fruits. Has a medium-full body with a slightly syrupy, but still slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet, ever so slightly bitter finish. Overall, a pretty nice winter warmer.

3.7
Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a clear amber body with copper hues and supporting a light tan head of foam. The aroma is very spruce and coriander like with sharp maple notes in the background. The taste is full of spruce and coriander like spices and yeasty spices followed up by sweet malts and a bit of sweet maple syrup.

3.7
madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2013
15th June 2013
Lightly hazy amber beer with a small off white head. Light crispy palate. Mild sweet creamy malt. Minerals. Light pine and spruce sweetness. Mild maple and a whisper of cinnamon. Smooth semi dry finish with fresh light malt cream. Nicely judged!

3.7
baraciisch (3387) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Dark brownish red in color... Aroma of caramel, herbal, vegetable and cinnamon spice notes... Flavor is caramel, nuts and heavily spiced with notes of maple syrup, spruce tips, herbs... Really solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Sampled on 1/2/2015. This spiced beer pours a deep copper color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is malty and sweet, with some spruce/pine and cinnamon. A medium bodied spiced ale. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. There is a little too much cinnamon and not enough maple for my tastes, but it is a nice sipping beer. Nice beer for a cold winter evening. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.7
BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2015
A nice spiced winter warmer with hints of maple, spicy cinnamon sticks, evergreen, toffee, and brown sugar. Nothing extremely memorable but undoubtedly enjoyable.

3.7
Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Sample at the taproom. Cloudy orange-amber color with a medium bone white head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lace. Aroma of malt, caramel and cinnamon. Medium body with a sweet caramel malt and cinnamon flavor, with subtle woody character. The finish is malty with a sweet cinnamon maple aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.6
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
2011 version on tap at the brewery. Pours with a hazed amber body with a minimal off-white head. Aromas are of dark fruits, caramel, spices, a bit vinous, bready, and maybe a small hint of butterscotch (diacetyl like). Flavors are fruity (esters), caramel, alcohol, malty, medium spice and dark fruits. Medium carbonation with a slightly fuller body.

3.6
Peacehammer (627) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2012 release. Nose is excellent, earthy cinnamon. Flavor is more cinnamon, with a nice malt character and and earthy note from the spruce and hops.


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