RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Our limited edition Winter Seasonal is a robust, full bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. This heavily hopped brew is exquisitely blended with rich malts for a unique drinking sensation.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle. Darker, burnt copper color with an ivory lacing. Very clear. Malty aroma with a dank, almost lactic (like milk, not good Belgian) aroma. Extremely fruity. Tons of apricot, grapes, raspberry and nutmeg. This beer tastes a lot like those old Pete’s Wicked Winter Brews. Honest to God, I think they misprinted this label or crossed it up somehow. This isn’t even close to an IPA let alone an IIPA. This is a fruity, spiced beer of some sort; I’ll have to get another bottle and re-rate it. It’s good, it’s just not what it’s supposed to be.

slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"a little on the thin side for an imperial. solid but uninspired effort from mendicino. there are too many bigger and better beers out there to buy this one again, though."

hotstuff (5233) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2013
Backlog rating 2-19-2009 (Bottle) This beer has a medium sized fizzy off-white head with good retention, transparent body, slow rising carbonation, one ring of lacing, and the hue of the body is golden. The aroma is caramel, malt, pine and citrus hops. The taste mimics the aroma plus some spice. The palate is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. All-in-all this beer is very quaffable, worth trying and I would not only drink this beer again, but also recommend it.

DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Grey market bottle aged due to back-fridge secretion. Pours orange, rather turbid, with off-white head. Nose is tropical fruit, resiny hops. Tastes sticky, IBU-laden, with poneapple, tangerine, a solid malt bill, and a crisp finish. Reminds me of a Sly Fox Varietal IPA.

DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
21-May-09 (12-oz bottle: Purchased 11-Dec-07 for $8.49/six-pack at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Unintentionally aged in the back of the fridge for over a year, this double IPA is rounding into shape nicely for my tastes. Hops are still moderately bitter and bright with pine, grass, earth, dusty cobwebs, and a touch of perfume, while the malt backing is medium-sweet, caramely, toasty, and mildly earthy. Full-bodied and medium-strong in carbonation, but the hop bitterness is acute enough to keep the beer from weighing down the palate. The nose is fairly earthy and somewhat piney, so the aging has had more effect on the aroma than flavor. Golden-amber in color, fairly clear in appearance, and capped by nearly an inch of off-white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. Overall, a nice, steady double IPA that ages nicely.

otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2010
A huge coppery head sits pretty with nowhere to go atop a copper-amber body clear as day and eager to please with a plethora of lace. As her head slowly fades into a rocky patch, her nose reaches out to me from her place sitting atop my coaster. I must confess, I do like it when a beer smells me out and not the other way around. Citrus, fruity, sappy, and sticky. Mandarin oranges, mango, pineapple, and lemon abound with zesty outer-skin esters, juicy insides, and dry pithy insides. Her nose has a wetness to it which carries the weight of hop juices and resins with customary aplomb. A job well done deserves to be noted as such and before I wrap these thirsty lips around hers, I enjoy one final addition of pine bark and green wood. Just what the doctor ordered, she is frothy up front, glides smoothly across my tongue, and hits long and hard in the back with hops galore. Smacking my lips, she leaves a layer of orange and mango stickiness. Bitter on top, juicy and sweet underneath, with the main feature show late in the middle and backside. Citrus skin, hop resins, and pine sap add to her sticky mouthfeel while the bitterness drying the top of my tongue grows in prominence. Each quaff pleases and then cleanses for the next. Very sessionable for an Imperial IPA, she nonetheless has plenty of flavors to go around. No need to sip here.

Mendocino Brewing has been around for quite a few years. Obviously they have used those years well to perfect their crafty art of tasty artisanal beers. Here’s to more years, more beers, and more pleasant tastings such as this one.

bth122 (1629) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Bottle poured into glass. Copper color, slightly hazy, med head that is very lacy around glass. Malt aroma more than hop aroma, Med body with creamy texture. Bitter hop finish. This beer has some promise, reminds me of Dogfish 90 min a little bit, but not as refined- a little more malt tasting. Would try again

lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
This ale pours crystal clear copper with a creamy ivory head. The head leaves spotty lacing down the side of the glass. Sticking a nose into the glass reveals the most beautiful citrusy aroma from the hops. Copious amounts of grapefruit and tangerine with hints orange rind. Bitter, bitter, bitter. This one hits you it the mouth. It’s chewing on an orange rind bitter. The hops dominate but somehow a biscuity malt profile does manage to break through now and then. Mostly it’s the bitterness, overpowering at times but that’s what you drink an imperial IPA, right? It’s hoppy in the finish and aftertaste. Full bodied. Nice IPA. It’s nice to break up the malty ones for once, right?

osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma of mostly pine and citrus hops with some caramel malts. Flavor starts with malts and finishes with a strong citrus hops. Decent Beer.

SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
part of my SNF winnings. Thanks for the opportunity to try this! A- Body is a hazy medium orange/amber hue that pours with a good 2-3 finger frothy white head that eventually dwindles down to 1/2 finger or so and has good retention from there. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. S-Some citrus hops and a pretty big biscuit malt backbone. The overall impression is that this will be an IPA on the sweeter side. T- Initial flavor is mild and offers a mild pine hop flavor and subtle malt backbone. The flavors intensify for the finish with the main character being a moderate blast of refreshing pine. Underneath is a sweet caramel flavor and biscuit taste. What is left to linger is a mild to moderate residual hop bitterness and a hint of sweet, doughy biscuit. P-Mild carbonation and a thick heavy body loaded with hop oils and biscuit. O- This is a decent, above average IPA for me overall. My beef is the biscuit consistency (which really is mild)-its unnecessary and takes away from the overall character of the beer- I’m sure some people love this or don’t even notice it-but its a big factor for me. Other than that this is a decent IPA...though it is kind of dull. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-11-2010 02:34:40

KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2010
Aroma: heavy malt with moderate hoppiness and light yeast. Hint of tar, butterscotch, brown sugar, coriander and clove. Appearance: large size, rocky creamy off-white lasting head with good lacing. amber hued, normal body. Taste: heavy bitterness with heavy bitter long finish. Palate: full body, dry texture, lively carbonation and moderate stringent finish. Clear and polished. Oh baby! This is a fun, intriguing, complex beer. It refers to itself rather than extraneous cuisine: You do not pair this beer, it is the entire banquet. Why not a perfect score? Only God does it perfect.

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