RATINGS: 598   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2010
(12oz bottle). Pours slightly hazy amber with a pillow-tiop off-white head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit. Taste is bitter with a nice malty backbone. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is bitter. Not what I was expecting. The hops are pretty bright and make this a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trail_and_ale (43) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Close to a Surly Furious but not as lively or complex. Ill give it a thumbs up for a smoother finish over Furious, however. Enjoyed the hoppy/flowery aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Dark amber, great head. Aroma is lots of hops, reminding me of an IPA. Taste is some toasty malt, with the hops and bitterness balancing, or even taking a back seat - perhaps because of some of the sweetness involved here. The finish is again mostly of fresh hops. Its very good - hops to malts and back to hops again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle-poured, this has good amber color with a thin, foamy head and a laid-back nose. But I wonder at the most recent high ratings perhaps my six-pack has been too long on the shelf at Specs. The flavor starts off nice with pleasant but not deep maltiness and caramel; but doesnt grow in complexity. The same hoppiness continues right to the end without any candy finish; theres not much relief from bitter. I tend to seek that heartier taste in Christmas ales so was disappointed with this particular lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2010
bottle. Pours clear orange ruby color with slightly yellow / creme colored head. Aroma is lightly hoppy, pine / spruce, with some biscuit / toast malt notes. Flavor is nice and balanced, and malt profile more prominent here than in aroma, caramel, biscuit, with a subtle hop bitterness on the finish. Nice. Ill say it reminds me alot of new belgiums 2 below though, somewhere in between a malty APA and an english strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Approachable East coast-style Amber with muddled hop flavor on top of light caramel malt base.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2659) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Clear amber with off white head that laces nicely. Complex aroma of floral hops, hay, caramel malt, and grapefruit. Taste is a little sweet and a little bitter at the finish. Medium bodied. Quite a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
clear amber pour, small off white/tan head aroma of caramel, light toasted bread, and light grassy/floral hops sweet malt with hints of toffee followed by floral hops throughout to finish medium body with med/light carb with lasting hop flavors really satisfying. Good slow drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12 oz bottle from Thriftway - Very nice citrus hops aroma. Very sweet flavor, and not grainy like a lot of ambers. A bit oily on the palate, but it works for this beer. Mmmm. Brrr.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Pours a deep mahogany color with heavy hops aroma and a hint of nutty malt. Tastes like a toned down IPA, but the bitterness is still there, finish is very nutty/earthy, unlike anything Ive had before. Light/medium bodied and noticeable carbonation. Doesnt seem like this beer should be a winter seasonal considering how bitter it is, wish rb had an IBU rating on this guy.

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