RATINGS: 223   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fidemaster (336) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2013
It did not have much of an Aroma. It has a pleasant amber hue. I did not find a "berry" taste to this beer. It has mild grapefruit flavor which is not sweet or bitter just in the middle. It does have a very strong pinenut taste. It has a bitter finishes which lasts. This was one of my least favorites in the pack.

Cybercat (6212) - Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Pours clear amber with a nice buff head. Aroma features hoppy and juniper notes, not much else. Flavor intensifies the hops, especially the woody aspect, and brings in a little malt and a snip of citrus. Mouthfeel presents average body but plenty of lively fizz. Jive for juniper.

BeerdedDave (1901) - Beckley, USA - SEP 14, 2016
clear,amber color; piney hop aroma with an underlying bready malt; piney hop flavor on a medium bodied bready malt base; juniper helps accent the piney hops; well baanced

delnoche (516) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - MAY 27, 2016
12fl oz bottle poured into a shaker. Cloudy orange doesn’t describe this adequately. There is so much yeast sediment that this thing is a frickin’ lava lamp! Caramel and biscuit aroma. The flavor is a bit cloying. Perhaps some cinnamon, definitely clove. A strange beer but not altogether awful.

oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a light amber color. Aromas of tart, bitter juniper with hints of veggies and malts. Flavor has a nice piney juniper bite to it, with a mellow malty flavor with a nice hoppy dry finish.

swillguzzler99 (196) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2015
From a 12 ounce bottle. Amber-gold with sediment and bubbly head. Hoppy nose, but the junper is there. Mid-bitter taste, clean finish. Bottle was give by a relative that ’donated’ their leftover Christmas beers that no one drank. I’m a fan.

katrinaez (2307) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Hops is not bad. Juniper is overwhelmed by the hops. Would have been better in a pale ale. Nice mouth and color. Bottle

jtclockwork (17375) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours orange gold white head. Nose/taste of florals, juniper, sweet pine and caramel malt - medium body.

GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
12oz bottle -

This could have been called Schnozzberry IPA, or DragonScales IPA because it tasted like a plain, uninspired IPA to me. Junipers in name only. A pretty weak offering.

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - OCT 3, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-15-13-

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a two finger white head. The head is big and fluffy looking, and fades very slowly over time to leave a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is nice and hoppy with lots of floral and spicy hop smells. The floral aromas are quite big and mixed with fantastic juniper berry smell giving it a slight gin like aroma. Some lighter malt and sweeter smells are there as well with a light grapefruit and sweet orange smell, which overall produce a rather soothing floral and juniper berry tea like smell.

Taste –While the aroma is quite big on the floral and juniper, the taste, at least in the front, is not. The taste begins with a toasted grain and grapefruit hop flavor. Along with these flavors are some sweeter tastes of tangerine. The juniper and floral flavors come more to fruition in the middle and to the end, with some of the tangerine flavors that were present upfront fading at the expense of some caramel tastes. The juniper and floral flavors get rather strong toward the end, mixing the nice grapefruit hop flavor, leaving a very pleasant, moderately sweet, but nicely floral and spiced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The beer has a wonderfully thick and creamy feel for a brew of only 5.8 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the lighter side. The thicker body really accentuates the floral hop and juniper flavors of the brew really allowing them to shine.

Overall - This is a rather tasty brew overall with a nice floral and juniper flavor as well as a good feel all while still maintaining a rather easy drinkability. This is one I like, and would recommend. Rather nice.

slowrunner77 (12995) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
"Fresh off the bottling line I was hoping for a little more pop. Nice enough, but a pretty restrained ipa. Pine and light citrus, some Carmel malt backbone. Light on the palate with minimal bite."

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