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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cozy up to the fire with a pint pFriem’s Winter Ale and gift your taste buds with hints of spice, orange, zest, caramel and a touch of spruce tree. You may even sense the subtle notes of fruitcake, which might encourage you to share this Winter Ale with your family and friends. Unlike fruitcake, this is a beer that will not be re-gifted. “Winter Ale” covers a broad spectrum of beers in the marketplace. They can be brewed with a heavy hand of spices, be malt driven, or be hop forward with a strong malt back bone. In any case these beers are brewed to celebrate the winter season. They are best enjoyed next to a warm fire, after a powder day on the mountain, and are perfect for the Holiday Season. pFriem Winter Ale is hop forward with juicy aromatic hops, balanced by rich maltiness.

MALT Rahr Pale, Simpsons Munich, Simpsons Crystal Dark, Carafa III (German Roasted Malt)
HOPS Warrior, Cascade, Chinook, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, Nelson
YEAST American Ale

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4.1
neepsntatties (2083) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle. Colour...dark amber with a thick head. Nose...very hoppy and odd in a good way with loads of pine AND musty funky hops! Palate...dry, dank, funky and musty with a slightly spicy note and hints of tropical fruit. The finish is dry and musky.

4.1
DaBigDipa (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2016 does not count
Maybe should have just called a winter IPA, a more robust and piney version of their flagship IPA, which is also a great beer. Cheers!

4
mcberko (20255) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2015
500mL bottle, pours a hazy amber orange with a medium white head. Nose is very malty, with loads of caramel, some toffee, orange zest, and some resinous hops underneath. Flavour is along the same lines, with a big bready caramel malt body characterizing this, with subtle notes of orange zest, and a nice resinous hop quality. Wonderfully balanced and with a robust, chewy body. Super drinkable and delicious.

4
Capa (3708) - DC, Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Copper with a tall rocky head. Citrus, orange, candied tropical fruit, evergreen, light sugary caramel malts, slight brown sugar. The resin hops are quite intense but still balanced with the other traits. It can get bit much after a full pint, but a great beer regardless.

4
BuckeyeBoy (9216) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2016
500ml bottle pours out a crisp amber topped with a sand head. Nose is big pine hops crisp rich caramel malt sweetness. Taste is more of the heavy pine hops and a nice malt balance. Man this is great. I was debating to drink this tonight wasn’t sure if I wanted some spice and all that. But nope bam hops ya.

3.9
douglas88 (9828) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bryan. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A big sweet fruity nose. The flavor is pine, bitter, oranges, sweet toast.

3.9
Braudog (6942) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours with a very nice wintery appeal, warmingly red with a thick blanket of foam. The aroma is a pleasant surprise of spice and zest. Similarly, the beer drinks with a much more jovial nature than I expected ... fruity and acidic, and not too heavy. (#6151, 3/1/2016)

3.9
cruik (48) - - DEC 8, 2017
This one was had straight from the bottle. The immediate impression was strongly of orange zest. The finish was sweet and floral. A good balance of malt and hops makes this very drinkable.

3.8
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Draft at Hudson Public. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head and plenty of lace. Big sweet grapefruity and caramel nose, lots of toasty malt character along with beautiful juicy hop notes. Creamy medium body with lively carb and a few grainy spots. Great interplay between the high malt content and big juicy hops playing against it on the mid-palate; it’s a fairly common combination of caramel and grapefruit but there are enough subtle counterpoints of toasty nuts, dried leaves, and oranges to keep it fresh and interesting. Definitely an easy one to repeat.


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