Mission Springs Winter Ale (2005 - present)

Formerly brewed at Mission Springs Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Mission, Canada


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
2006/2007: Brewed with anise, liquorice root and pumpkin that was wood-oven roasted with maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

2005:Brewed with vanilla, anise, liquorice root and pumpkin that was wood-oven roasted with maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. 8.5%
Editor’s note: So less strong than last year, with no vanilla, and different hops. By the sounds of things Timmy is happy with this beer and we do not expect much in the way of recipe changes, save the odd bit of tinkering.

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Hansen (8618) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2012
Courtesy of Alex. Light brown coloured and unclear. Has a white head, medium duration. Real odd beer, heavy spicy, caramel-sweet and candy, cinnamon and other spices. Complex flavor, sweet and acidic, notes of brownies. Creamy texture.

sulawang (1208) - - JUN 2, 2012
pours light golden brown, decent foamy head, ultra-long thick retention, clutter active CO2 streams on one side only. Spiced pumpkin on the nose. Lots of sourness up front, flavours of pumpkin, cinnamon, maple syrup, cola, malts, sarsparilla, finishes lingering medium bitter. Medium-high complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, okay drinkability. Not digging the sourness, somewhat unbalanced.

Zita (6331) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
Thanks to Alex ; light spicy and very special aroma,orange, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, soft carbonation, fizzy, nice special finish.

HenrikSoegaard (14704) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle. courtesy Alex. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. MOderate malty and light hoppy very strange pumpkin aroma. Light sweet and light bitter flavor. Strong pumpkin and spicey notes. Average light bitter finish. Oily palate. Totally weird stuff.

fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle from Darby’s, Vancouver, as Mr. Brown’s Mashing Pumpkin Winter Ale
Cloudy orange-amber color. The aroma is very original, like a piece of fudge with orange biscuits. It has a good body structure, but the flavor presents some unpleasant acidity (although mild) and possibly just a bit too much bitterness; there is some malt and a mix of spices, light orange peel.
Overall, the aroma is interesting, the flavor is not.

Lagerboy (2239) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2012
Murky copper, foamy collapsing off white head. Sweet spicy malt aroma. Baking spices, citrus, and sugary syrupy malt taste, some roasted pumpkin hiding in there as well. Low hopped, softly carbed. Bittersweet finish. LF (Lagerboy Friendly)

JHunter (772) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
2009 Bottle - Mr. Brown Mashing Pumpkin winter Ale - intense sweet aroma of liquorish and brown sugar and light vanilla. Pours a nice amber colour with a big head and lots of carbonation which creates a nice lacing. Taste is liquorish dried fruit and a hint of vanilla .

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2009 Anis is strong in the fruity aroma with some underlying caramel. Hazy pale amber body is topped by a low white head that recedes instantly to a thin cover with some spotty lacing. Anis is very strong initially but flavour also reveals some pepper, clove, chocolate and caramel. Dry, well-attenuated light medium body is somewhat astringent but not really to the point of being more than noteworthy. A bit more body and a touch stronger carbonation would have made this more exciting. Sampled at the Dix Winter Beer Festival 2006. (6-2-7-3-13=3.1).

Strong, mint candy-like aroma with some alcohol apparent. Clear golden body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, white head that lasts well and laces. Flavour offers mint, vanilla, root beer, anis and plenty of sweet malts but never becomes cloying or overpowering. Creamy smooth texture to the medium full body with gentle pointy effervescence. Not sure I could drink a lot of this at once but the mouthfeel is delightful. (7-5-7-5-14=3.8) Sampled on cask at Dix Xmas Extreme Beer festival 2007.

2008 version sampled in the bottle with uhlan prior to the Fullers vertical tasting and it was a diacetyl bomb.

mgermani (1010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
Pours a dark amber, with great lace and a good head. Overwhelming aroma of licorice/anise! Anise blends well with the hops (Simcoe, from what I am told) and pale malt. Slightly thin body, but creamy with decent carbonation. This beer is well-crafted, and the flavours blend well.

Oakes (19370) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Hazy amber-brown colour. The aroma has a very fresh orange character, along a rich chocolate and caramel base. The flavour has a sharp, liquoricey bitterness up front, with spicy inflections of clove and nutmeg. The malts, still lightly chocolatey, then emerge to temper the astringency. Full-bodied, full-flavoured brew. Vanilla accents emerge as it warms. Scores for bravado but loses for that initial astringency.

Earlier Rating: 12/10/2005 Total Score: 3.4
Slightly orange amber colour with slight haze. Big vanilla aroma with hints of anise and icing sugar maltiness. Flavour comes across very sweet though Tim swears this is just the vanilla. He might be right but it’s a hard sensation to deny. The other spices come in more subtley, lending nuance to the vanilla. Malt and hops are there merely as a backdrop. The flavour is pretty good, as is the structure, but it’s a bit heavy on the vanilla for my liking. Those will a greater tolerance for vanilla in beer will enjoy this quite a bit I suspect.

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