RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Give the gift of beer! More specifically, Brrr! The Widmer Brothers have handcrafted a special ale for the holiday season: a generous red ale. Not quite excessively hopped, with candy sweetness and a velvety finish. Perfect for celebrations. Prost!

Formerly known as W06 NW Red Ale

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4393) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
5 feb 2012, bottle. For a winter ale it is heavy on the grapefruit hops and light on the dark malt. Med body and a bit fizzy. grapefruit sweetness is dominant but not aggressive. Nice but not what I was expecting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crhensel (145) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2012
(12 oz into pint glass) Poured a deep amber/red with a one finger head that had very little retention, but a strong lacing on the glass. The nose is heavy on the hops with a slight hint of citrus and spice. Given the brewers description of "not quite excessively hopped", I would hate to see a hoppy beer of theirs, since this was very bitter and hoppy for my tastes. Dont get me wrong, this was great, just not what I am used to in a winter seasonal. There was very little that was sweet, but rather a heavy hand on the hops with a hint of the warming spice and alcohol. Overall, this was an excellent beer, just a little out of the box for a winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2204) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2012
On draught at Carmels in Asheville. Pours a nut brown into the glass, with a wispy eggshell head that leaves soapy lace. The nose is woody and floral. Flavors of lemon, citrus, sweet malt, piney hops... Yum. The finish is a crisp bitter pine that cuts appropriately, lingering appropriately. Medium-bodied with substance, and an easy quaff. Quite surprised with this Widmer offering. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2732) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
Pours a dark maple syrup color with a cloud like white head. Very hoppy first smell, citrus and pine needles. Very hoppy first taste...but some sweetness on the finish...almost caramel like. Silky smooth. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1342) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2012
12 oz. bottle from QFC. Has a lovely, vibrant amber color. The head is relatively fluffy, and staying so. Quite the fruity hop aroma! Touches of caramel malt are hitting my nostrils. The taste of caramel malt is covering my mouth, and its pretty good. Fruit flavor backs this all up. Not very bitter, but there is a tinge of bitterness in the background. A little on the dry side, but a very solid amber, indeed..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4874) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2012
16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, reddish-amber body with a slim, near white head. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: Steely resins, crystal malts, some modest notes of toasted bread and grains given a good shake, a good toss with an additional hint of fruit and alcohol.

Taste: Amply sweet crystal maltiness with some toast, some graininess, and a hint of light-colored brown sugar. Moderate sweetness overall. Resiny hops, some pithy-accented citrus and fair degree of bitterness. Tiny flourish of berry. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess within.

Overall: Reminded me a bit like a long-lost, equally illegitimate second cousin to Stones Arrogant Bastard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicowv (478) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
12 oz bottle: Straight out of the bottle at a party. Aroma is mellow but has some nice malty and a small amount of seasonal spice to it. Taste is smooth and malty, kind of like a spicy oktoberfest. Easy to drink and not too spicy, good offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1273) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2012
On draft at Lyons Pub in Minneapolis. Pours a deep, amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, cereal. Medium on the palate with smooth carbonation. Flavor is sweet, bready, cereal malty, with a light hop finish. A decent amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Livid (49) - - JAN 17, 2012
12oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper red, off-white head, good lacing. Floral hop aroma - pine, grass, little bit of citrus. Medium body with a hop-heavy flavor, slight malt sweetness, but primarily pine and citrus with a faint sweetness at the finish. Though I prefer big brother Brrrbon, this is a nice seasonal winter IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (3046) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12oz bottle - pours amber with beige head and limited lacing. Nose is pine. Aroma is the same, but the sweetness in taste leads to me to think there are base malts. Good balance in the taste, but the hoppy bitterness wins out. Medium body and thin texture. A winter hoppy fusion. Not bad.

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