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Snow Melt Winter Ale - East End Brewing Company

Snow Melt Winter Ale
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%


Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
SNOW MELT WINTER WARMER DEBUT:
The first day of Winter is December 21st, but we can start melting the frost sooner than that - time for the first East End Winter Warmer - or should I say AMERICAN Winter Warmer. SNOW MELT is a Mahogany-red ale with a unique malt character, and a bright pine-ey hop flavor, unusual for a beer of this style, but seasonally appropriate none the less.Clocking in at 7% and guaranteed to clear the fog from your glasses, this one's debuting at Growler Hours next week (Dec 14th), and you can keep an eye out for it around town shortly after that.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 11-03-2006)
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler > Pint Glass

A - Ruby dark brown with tow fingers of a tan head, medium lacing.
S - Big roasty malts caramel and toffee, toasted grain and hazelnut, piney hops, dark choclate
T - Lovely rich roasted flavor, pine and grassy hop bite, cinnamon, a little bit of a coffee roast, bit toffee flavor too.
M - Rich, a little abrasive but decent.
O - Best winter warmer you could have, seriously.

Serving type: growler

09-16-2013 00:15:33 | More by Omnium
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LordWhite

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious winter warmer. A not too thick dark ale with a nice hoppy center with an xtra alcohol kick to warm you up when it is snowing in late March. And in the burgh...it is snowing in late March.

With it's lighter viscosity than a Guinness or other heavy porters and stouts,it can be an enjoyable brew for even those that steer away from the standard dark ale.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2013 05:18:56 | More by LordWhite
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On cask at the Piper pub the other day.

The beer pours fairly dark, reddish brown color with surprisingly good head retention and lacing. The nose is attraactive as well, as I pick up considerable sweet malt, toffee, tea, light smoke and hint of ginger. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this easy drinking, moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel if medium bodied, with a soft, slightly creamy finish. I really think the cask conditioning works well with this beer. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkability is pretty high.

Really enjoyed this well made beer from East End.

Serving type: cask

01-22-2013 18:36:58 | More by johnmichaelsen
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with a thin cream colored head

S-faint scent of smoky malts and peppercorn. Really faint.

T-comes in with a flavor of hops, black peppercorn, dark malts, and some cocoa? It's an odd mix. After-taste is heavier on a chalky cocoa taste with some peppercorn. It's pretty good.

M-heavy chalky mouthfeel. I like it.

O-really unique winter warmer. I like it. I can always expect something good from East End. I really wish I had more access to their beers. This has a great mouthfeel to it, and the flavor profile seems to shift with every sip I take.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 23:59:42 | More by AdamBear
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a big fan of this style; or just a fan at all. But this is good. Really great level of spices to it. Appropriate level of sweetness. Pretty smooth. Carbonation nips at the tongue a bit more than I like, but it just keeps things lively. Overall, this is really really good. Been quite some time since I've tried something from East End that I hadn't yet tried. This is a good one to get back into the mix with.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 23:38:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snow Melt!

Very dark brown. Humble little lip of head. Looks a little thick.

Rich and roasty coffee notes with some sweet peatiness and a laydown of subtle earthy hops.

Rustic flavors of coffee, pecan, near-harsh roast, and an afterthought of pine. Almost meaty with malts. Tingling rings with light spiciness. Excellent.

Medium body seems almost right-on. Carbonation shows up in the finish as a spicy bite.

Tasty warmer with great headiness. Awesome local holiday brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 02:13:28 | More by thecheapies
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brewsadedotcom

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a growler at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the strip

A: Poured into my Bogota Beer Company pint glass. Half inch of foam, good head retention. Deep chestnut brown color

S: Pleasant coffee aroma

T: Nice balance of roasted malt and coffee with a subtle hop finish

M: Moderate carbonation. Warming. Hop bitterness lingers

O: I really enjoyed this beer. When i think of a winter beer i usually think of something that is overspiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. This beer goes against those notions.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2012 18:53:46 | More by brewsadedotcom
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewery

Interesting to see a winter warmer still available in late May. Dark mahogany brown pour, pretty hazy, topped with a foamy white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma of spiced cake and caramel, noticeable hop scents. Taste of dark toasted malts, cinnamon and spice, but not at all heavy or overblown, dark sugar, finishing off with a bit of piney hops for a slightly bitter aftertaste. Pretty well-balanced, medium body, a nice drink overall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 12:12:11 | More by Rifugium
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beer256

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My cousin lives with in walking distance of the East End brewery, so we decided to walk over there an get some beer. After trying a few i decided on the Snow melt winter Ale.We grabbed a Growler an took it home and i thought it beer was great.the ABV is 7% an is well hidden,the beer wasn't to hoppy and it wasn't to bitter either.the taste was smooth and the beer had great lacing.The appearance of the beer was dark like a stout or porter.but on the EastEnd brewery website its supposed to be amber.without asking the owner I assumed the beer is unfiltered.this is a great beer, my cousin and i felt pretty good after 64oz of it too.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2012 16:23:30 | More by beer256
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with a medium off white head. The head faded to give a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – Roasted malts with little aromas a chocolate and coffee. There is a very nice spiciness in the aroma and a light piney hop aroma present as well.

Taste – A nice roasty malt flavor is at the base of this beer and is present throughout the whole taste profile. With the malt flavor, the flavor starts out a little on the sweeter side with the spices detected in the nose mixing with a caramel and toffee sweetness. As the taste advances so too does a little bit of hoppy bitterness. The bitterness comes mainly from a pine hop flavor but also from a small amount from the coffee and cocoa.

Mouthfeel – The body is slightly above average and the carbonation is slightly below normal. The body allows the complex taste profile to really coat the mouth with the lower carbonation level letting all those flavors really soak in.

Overall – A nice roasty holiday brew. The spice and roasty malt mixed with the light pine hop all combine quite nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 23:33:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown color with ruby highlights; the inch of foam on top of the liquid leaves a nice smattering of lace

Smell: Spice cake and toffee, with piney undertones; hops dominant

Taste: Spice cake and toffee, up front, with nutmeg and clove elements building; by mid-palate, the piney hops dominate and provide a nice balance to the resurgent spices in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice take on the Winter Warmer style; like the way there are a load of hops in the recipe to provide balance

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 01:28:22 | More by brentk56
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ef88

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler from the brewery in Homewood.

A: Pours black with a nice foamy 2 1/2-finger head. Consistent lacing that hangs out for a while. Pretty.

S: Lots of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, and a nice malty backbone.

M: Kind of chewy and it leaves a nice coating.

O: I've had one winter warmer (Harpoon's Winter Warmer) before this one and hated it, so if I'm going by the rules of reviewing, it's by far the best of the style I've had. Looking forward to trying another example of the style sometime.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2012 18:07:11 | More by ef88
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very hoppy upfront, but also a lot of darker malts. Grapefruit, caramel, worty and roasty malts. Expecting the taste of resinous hops to stick around for a while on this one.

Appearance: Deep amber, very little head. Minimal retention.

Taste: Bold hops and malt. Crisp grapefruit, then some English malt, and lots of caramel. Smooth throughout, surprisingly. Mild aftertaste. Mild phenols.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, just slightly drying. Mild carbonation, a bit chalky. Warming.

Overall: Pretty impressive for an strong ale from the Burgh. A nice change of pace to Stone and some of the other major craft brewers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 17:30:20 | More by soulfly1492
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favs at the East End Brewery!

A: An awesome brown/ruby colored beverage which clings to side of glass for dear life.Tan cap which dissapates quick but with a swirl of the glass its back just as quick as it left.

S: Malty nose with a nice hoppy backside, smells a bit of chocolates and carmel sweet but not cloying with gentle coffee wiff in there as well.

T: Sweet dark malts with a rich mixture of Coffee chocolate and carmel buzz around the tongue with splashes of spruce and floral of hops.

M: Full bodied and rich almost chewy, could make this a dessert for any meal or just sitting around the fireside.

D: Very drinkable and so good to the last drop from the growler, can't wait for a refill on this hopefully soon!

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 02:44:31 | More by nukem5
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a darker shade of brown body that showed some nice ruby highlights...a one finger creamy and off white head stood...nice retention...lacing down the glass

S - Sweet, roasted malts gave off that roasted characteristics along with some caramel...a hint of bright, piney hops in the background

T - The beer starts off sweet with caramel and toffee flavors...chocolate and the roasted part of the beer come in towards the middle...there is a nice malt presence in this beer...the finish is bright and surprisingly bitter from the piney hops

M - Medium bodied...adequet carbonation with a proper bitterness

D - This was a very pleasant winter warmer...it was surly not true to stlye but who cares...a solid malt bill with a surprsing hop finish...you can't go wrong with hops in the winter

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 19:59:53 | More by thain709
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 1 L swingtop growler from Al's. It is snowing outside, so a winter warmer seems appropriate.

A: The ale is a dark mahogany brown, full enough to be opaque. A voluminous head, over two fingers on first pour left thick splotches of lace behind. The reddish brown nature of the mahogany lends to the cloudiness.

S: Chocolate, toffee and spices are strong, standing out immediately. Ample hoppiness, citrusy, pairs nicely, creating a Black IPA-like effect.

T: Dark malts, toffee and chocolate along with burnt toast start things off. The rich flavor is met by an equally strong. The pine flavor is rich and bitter, moving the ale towards Black IPA territory. The combination of dark malts and bold hops works, even my wife likes the ale (and ksak is no hophead). The bitterness lasts, as does the well-roasted breadiness. A winter warmer that gets the job done without a heavy spice profile.

M: The mouthfeel is a rousing combination of malts and hops, a warming pair that builds to a crescendo. A great flavor lingers long after each sip is gone.

D: The ale packs more of a punch than beers much stronger than it. A strong flavor, great finish and sharp hoppiness are all I need tonight.

Serving type: growler

01-21-2011 02:07:31 | More by akorsak
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the cask at Fatheads in the South Side of Pgh. It shows a dark, woody brown with a thick, frothy layer of dense foam. A thick spattering of lace sticks around. An expected appearance from a cask ale.

Of course a bit subdued compared to the normal tap version as far as the nose is concerned. Mild floral hops, toasty malt and toffee. Caramel and vanilla beans steeped in milk.

Caramel and light toffee melds seamlessly with bright, floral/earthy hops. Lingering bitterness throughout does a good job of balancing the otherwise sweet malty flavors accentuated by the cask conditioning.

Mellow and creamy cask character with some welcomed lingering bitterness on the palate. Semidry and lush with a soft pillowy swallow. Takes really well to the cask but if given the choice I'd probably prefer it on regular tap. Still very enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

01-13-2011 21:04:40 | More by letsgopens
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler of this while I was in Pittsburgh for work and enjoyed it in my hotel room.

Appearance: Amber with a finger of khaki head.

Smell: Malty aroma, roasted toffee and sweet caramel.

Taste: Sweet spices and some nice roasted and bready malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer. East End is really an underrated brewery and with beers like this, I'm glad I can get their beers on a semi-regular basis.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2010 23:31:19 | More by Axic10
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler filled at the shop in the strip district on 12/22. As I sit on the North Side, poured into a Burgh-appropriate Jerome Bettis Grille shaker glass. Sandy head, about 3/4 inch, settles with good lacing. This beer is dark, but not so dark that you can't tell it's cloudy. Let's call it cinnamon brown with maybe a hint of orange; no red color to speak of.

Aroma is hop-forward, but not in a way that I'd mistake for an IPA. Piney, but there is a little sweetness in there. I don't pick up any winter warmer spices (which I'm not complaining about). The bitterness is carried through in the taste from hops as well as burnt coffee, but here I get some subtle caramel notes too.

Carbonation is high, even from the growler, and while there isn't a lot of spice, there's plenty of zing. It doesn't warm me up, but that doesn't mean I can't drink it all night long. This is a delightfully different take on the style.

Serving type: growler

12-25-2010 23:35:15 | More by coachdonovan
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

East End Snow Melt has a dark brown body that is black and opaque at its center. At least two fingers of light brown head are present, and the retention and lacing are both good.

Rich, dark malts are the first thing I notice, with notes of coffee and roast, followed by a good pine aroma from the hops. Well-balanced and nice-smelling.

Snow Melt manages to be fantastically hoppy and malty at the same time. The malt is first up, with loads of roasted and toasted malt, a lot of coffee flavor, some toffee and a hint chocolate. The malts are smooth and rich, and only supply a little bit of sweetness. At the tail end of the malt flavors there is even a hint of tobacco. This malt profile alone, without any hop flavor, would make a great beer. After the malt flavors, however, Snow Melt, also packs a pretty solid hop profile. Flavors of resinous pine along with bitterness hide in the back end of this beer, and there is perhaps a hint of citrus too. The finish and aftertaste are a mix of both malt and hops, with the finish being pretty dry.

Pretty big body with a carbonation that gives it a creamy feel.

I don't know if this year's batch of snow melt is better than usual, or if it's me, but I've had it a few times and I love it. Great drinkability and pleasing whether you're in the mood for hops or malt.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2010 18:53:07 | More by Hojaminbag
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep Mahogany in color indeed! Very little light escaping from the glass. A inch of head due from growler pour.

S - Smells kind of like a porter with roasted coffee and a bit of hops but a nice sweet malt smell. No real spices on the nose.

T - Comes off very creamy. Tastes of bitter chocolate and hops with a nice balances of some winter all spice and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The hop presence is very mild delivering a sweet malt which I love in my winter warmer. Very complex.

M - Light to medium. Hard to believe this is over 6 percent ABV.

D - Well funny story actually my local place is the only location I know that carries this and I wanted a growler fill for 9 bucks. After about 1 1/2 beers the line kicks and he charges me 1.50 for the pour and sends me on my way. I ended up getting two pours out of that for buck fifty. If I did see it again on tap and the price was right I would get a fill but as of now I guess I have to wait till next year. Overall a damn fine winter warmer!

Serving type: growler

12-21-2010 00:53:37 | More by DrDemento456
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown with some slight red hues. Provides a big thick ligh brown foam head with some spotty lacing.

S: A nice amount of dark chocolate, light roasted coffee, some spices and a hint of Levi Garrett chewing tobacco. Ok, maybe just tobacco, but reminds me sniffing the pouch of a freshly opened bag of chew.

T: Slightly sweet at first with some nice chocolate and coffee followed up with some nice bitter pine.

M: Leaves a nice sweet and slightly bitter taste on the palate. Nicely carbonated.

D: These is easily becoming one of my favorite winter warmers. Not overly sweet and just enough bitterness. Another great offering from East End!

Serving type: growler

12-11-2010 22:48:00 | More by IronCitySteve
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Growler

Appearance - Dark tan, black with insane 4 inch thick creamy head

Smell - Hops, malts, barley, brown sugar, some spices.

Taste - A nice mix of sugar with the bitter hops and spices. I really enjoy the hop kick it has. Also love the plum and malt taste. The malts make it not that far off from a smoked porter. Very smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel - It has a load of flavor. Theres sweetness, theres bitterness, mouth gets a decent workout. I would stick with dark beers after this.

Drinkabilty - This is my favorite east end beer. I really wish it was year round. Can drink this with a steak, or a piece of chocolate cake. Fantastic, cant wait for more

Serving type: growler

11-11-2010 04:09:44 | More by wvsabbath
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep dark reddish brown with a creamy dark tan head. Head reduces to a thin cap and leaves decent lace.

S-Spicy pine and citrus hops up front with a nice caramel sweetness supporting. Light coffee, cocoa and tobacco in the background.

T-Rich dark roast with bitter dark chocolate, pine and light citrus hops. A myriad of other flavours swirl in background with coffee, cocoa, tobacco, brown sugar and gingerbread.

M-Medium bodied with full flavoured lingering notes.

D-A strong and full flavored holiday brew that has a lot going on in well done harmony. Nothing seems to fight and the flavours meld very nicely. A quality winter warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 16:46:58 | More by Deuane
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the brewery during their "2-for-1 clearance." Granted, this means that the beer is not at its freshest, but still had every bit of character.

Poured a dark brown, nearly black, almost no light coming through but some dark amber highlights near the bottom. Two fingers of tan head, big bubbles, solid lacing with each sip.

Smell is rich, malty, with some roast notes in it. Coffee, chocolate, some subtle piney hop smells. The taste delivers on all counts, with a stronger hop bite at the end, rounding out into that crayon-like flavor I get from coffee-tasting dark beers. Though this is not categorized as a stout, the closest comparison I can think of is Wake 'n' Bake from Terrapin, the first time I noticed the crayon. I'll repeat, not unpleasant, but unexpected.

Mouthfeel is good, not as thick as a stout, but not watery. The bubbles dance around on the tongue a little. A drinkable winter ale, could easily spend an evening with this one. One of the best offerings from East End, in my opinion.

Serving type: growler

05-02-2009 18:50:01 | More by OneDropSoup
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Snow Melt Winter Ale from East End Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.