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RATINGS: 899   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Meh. Just ok. Bland holiday ale. Nothing special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
St_AnkyBeer (6) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2013 does not count
First sip comes off really hoppy, but mellows out quite nicely. A clear amber beer with a caramel aroma. Overall much lighter than I expected.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Really want to like this one more. For an English strong ale it seems awfully hoppy, kind of detracts from the drinkability for me. Bitter/citrus peel way overpowers any malty sweetness that may be there.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5985) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a small frothy off-white head that left some nice sticky lacing. The nose is quite good, lots of hops compared to what I was expecting. A nice balance of citrusy and English hops overlaying a slightly sweet toasted malt base. A slight detraction in that Im smelling a little iced tea like crystal malt, but its pretty light. The flavor is a bit on the sweeter side as well with the crystal malt, which is kind of a bummer. The sweetness from the crystal malt dulls the hops a bit too much, especially on the finish. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and a lingering sweetness. I wish this were a lot drier, cause the hops seem to have the beer going in the right direction. Decent for one bottle, but not something Id purchase again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2013
I thought this was a pretty decent hoppy dark...certainly wouldnt call it an english strong. More like (nut not as good as) New Belgium Snow Day. Good hop kick up front and a dark roasty palate with a dry biting finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gription79 (2854) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. There is some toffee/caramel, floral/fruity hops, a green apple peel, and astringent huskiness. I find the astringency and apple notes to be very distracting. Not really into this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich copper color. After two bottles with vigorous pours, I only got a slight head on it, very little lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, with notes of toast and hay. Some hops aftertaste. Flavor is mild hops up front, with a backside of caramel malt. Palate is a bit thin. Overall a good winter seasonal from Redhook.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Crisp, refreshing, slightly bitter. A hop forward ale - some bitter grapefruit and slight pine, presence of biscuit bread malt. Very pleasant ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1729) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Big caramel aroma, with a hint of hops. Pours a clear red with a dusting of off-white head. Mild roasted flavors, with a touch of nuttiness. Light on the palate, and easy to drink. Not too much going on here, theres a touch of hops in the finish, but nothing really complicated.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 This is a nice take on a winter red ale, dark amber with a milky head. Notes of caramel, citrus, toffee and still rather hoppy too.


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