RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
For this special release, we wanted to brew a flavorful winter IPA that captured the aroma of the season. This brought us to juniper berries, which add a slightly sweet, piney character. Complemented by citrus notes from American hops, this balanced IPA will brighten the holidays. Cheers!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JustPlainLogan (58) - Galveston, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Wow! im usually not a fan of IPAs, but this one was certainly a pleasant surprise. I got this in the winter sampler. Aroma is all pine and citrus, and the taste follows suit, the only difference being the sharp bitterness and the slightly nutty aftertaste. Overall, pretty good. Again, especially for an IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bcoble003 (290) - Jblm, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Smells of slight sweetness and hops, taste of hops and a slight nutty taste at end. Pretty good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nicklaus1 (9) - Seymour, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2013 does not count
Wasn't a huge fan, I think 2013 was a bad year for beer though and it has been hard to impress me this year. Overall, very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (4698) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Decent IPA from Sam Adams. Light amber body with average beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is orange/citrus and pine. Taste is mildly bitter hops and slight malt taste on the palate. Better than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 Nose is heavy juniper with a pleasant and strong malt base, all kinds of fresh citrussy accents flitting about, really makes a strong impression as a gin with a drop of caramel. Light pine on the margin. Pours clear orange with plenty of carbonation and a soapy but lacing off-white head. Taste light-medium bitter with light cracker, subtle pine and caramel, some resin and really nice earthy hops. Very dry, the juniper seems to be restricted to the aroma, and this is much more about the woody, resinous components. Medium body with slight malt depth, but nicely chewy. Finishes dulled, which is disappointing, but the those first few moments were exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2359) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Clear gold-orange pour with a 1 finger, creamy off white head. Aroma is sweet citrus and pine, light floral notes, biscuit, woody planty notes and a little cereal. Flavor is sweet caramel and cereal up front, light grapey fruity notes, nice mellow, but quite forward pine notes and a decent minerality to the finish. Light to medium body, neutral, but slightly creamy and a little juicy entry, medium to heavy, blanketing and slightly sharp carbonation, dry, slightly chalky finish. Really good overall, I like that the pine notes are strong, but never bracing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle from Kroger. Lighter pour with a white head. Aroma is floral, juniper, and sweet. Taste is lots of sap, brown sugar, berry. Bitter fnish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
resevil787 (123) - Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with white head. Clear color. Aroma is well.. Juniper, spices, malts, mint. Flavor is malty, light to moderate bitter, light sweet. Finish is mild fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily. Meh..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
COMRADEJOSH (320) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
very aromatic and floral. deep golden in appearance. taste is mild for an ipa which i like not a hop bomb. sweet in a fruit and citrus way. pleasant and refreshing as well as balanced an excellent special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Notes of rum, roast, pine, grapefruit, and nuts. Ambiance of rust and fall leaves. Smells like roasted copper. Dont judge this by the berries on the cover, it isnt sugary sweet fruit beer. I like it. Solid fall beer. I dont know if it fits or stacks up well as an IPA, maybe just barely qualifies for the word, but a good entry in the Fall Beer genre. Wait, is this from the winter mix pack? Oh well, its out in early November, its a Fall Beer of sorts. Maybe next year to the fall mix pack? The winter/holiday hook here is probably the rum flavor.

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