GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pours amber brown with creamy beige head and foamy lacing. Smells strongly of a pine forest. Tastes strongly of a pine forest. This is not classifed as an IPA, but the aroma and taste say othewise. dabeerguy (17) - Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Winerfest types don’t usually get much play from me with a few exceptions but this seasonal from Utah (yeah Utah!) is killer. Aroma of piney / spruce hops and nutty malts develops right away. Nice bite of hops on the first taste continues to the end with a nice finish. A west coast hoppy profile for sure. Sierra Celebration (one of my all time favorites) with more malt background. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2010 Bottle via footbalm. Pours a deep shade of mahogany. Frothy light tan head. nose a combination of spicy hops and crisp, caramelly malts with some burnt sugar and light licorice undertones, Flavors add a little cream to the mix for a creamy, burnt sugar, caramel candy flavor. Simple, yet decent. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
12oz bottle from, ironically, Wasatch.
Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shines through a deep, clear copper when held up to light. It’s got a big 3-inch beige head that shows excellent retention and lacing.
The aroma is very subdued and mainly sweet caramel malts mixed with floral pine hops. There are hints of orange peel in the nose as well.
The taste has a quick hop kick up front before the big sweetness of the caramel malts take over. The finish is hoppy with some pine needles and herbs, slightly dry.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and fairly prickly with the hops coming out surprisingly well.
I enjoyed this as a well-balanced winter brew with a surprising hop kick thrown in. beardedjack (3) - Utah, USA - MAR 23, 2010 does not count
this is my favorite local winter seasonal beer. at 7.1 abv you would think it would be a malty, spicy mess but it is most definitely not. i pours dark brown light lacing with a tan head that dissipates but not completely. the aroma is prune caramel with pine and maple. it hits your pallet with a nice carbonation and a somewhat clean bitterness. the taste is pleasantly hop forward bitter with balanced sweetness, similar to the nose, slightly pine and caramel. you should try this beer!
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, caramel malt, slight citurs, and pine. Poured brown/very deep amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, fluffy, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet, and ligt to medium bitter. Tastes of caramel malt, hops, pine, resin, and dark bread. Flavor is a bit a skunky. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Caramel malt, hop, and slight pine finish.
pinkzambia (2050) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Tap @ Kahootz: Brown with tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma of furniture polish with a sour, musty flavor and maybe some figs thrown in for good measure. It’s ok, not my favorite for a strong ale. BelgianBeerGal (4118) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle from the UT state liquor store in Cedar City. Pours a dark brown colour with ruby highlights. Foamy, pillowy off-white head and some pretty sturdy looking lacing. Aroma is sweet, spicy hops up front and then some darker malt to finish; maybe some chocolate too. Pretty nice flavour with the sweeter hops balancing out most bitterness except right at the end when the grapefruit rind hits you. A hint of coffee and chocolate also in there. Really nice and more complex than expected. Suttree (6466) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2010
I am usually a little bit leery of "winterfest" beers. They’re usually a spcied up mess (I’m looking in your direction Harpoon) or a blandish amber (Sam Adams, now I’m glancing at you), and almost always too heavy. So this was pleasant surprise. Right off the bat, I got a nice hoppy aroma, with a bit of pine and resin, and some caramle in the background . First sip was crisp and drinkable, not too heavy. Nice mix of malty and woodsy, sticky hops, mixed in with a bit fo tat fruity notes. Not bad, and pretty tasty. Thanks to douglas88 for the trade! mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Pours a nice mahogany color with a rich tan head. The nose is blend of hop and malt aromas. Caramel/toffee and citrus pine. The taste starts with caramel & toffee with grapefruit and pine. A little spice in the end. Both hops and malt show nicely and blend together well. It has a bittering, dry finish.
Full-bodied with moderate to strong carbonation. The Alcohol is well-hidden. Just a great malty/hoppy beer. Hits the spot.