Festeroo Winter Ale - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Festeroo Winter AleFesteroo Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 7.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hoptometrist on 12-01-2012

60 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 9
Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium brown hue with plenty of haze and a thin layer of frothy tan foam. There's a bit of a lace left on the glass, too, which is nice.

Smell: bready, biscuity amber malt with a bit of a piquant lemon aroma. Rather a bit like a run-of-the-mill amber ale, but not too bad.

Taste: very, very malty flavor with lots of bread, biscuit and toastiness. There's a definite bitterness here as well, and the hop character is piney, piquant and a bit earthy. It's good, and it has a lot of character, but it's basically like a strong amber ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a rocky carbonation and a relatively decent creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer is not bad for what it is, but it's not strongly to my taste.

Photo of cambabeer
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very reddish and deep brown mahogany body with a little off-white/brownish lace sitting on top, not moving. A little carbonation throughout. Smell is of molasses and malt, sweet with some ethanol in there for sure. A little clove like. Still clean and crisp, with a bit of hops pushing through. A little acidic. Big warming alcohol pretense in the taste, especially in the front though its a bit watery here as well. Finish is very malty and dry and yeasty as well with some hop bitterness trying to overpower the ethanol notes.. This is good and good for a night like tonight thats very cold outside. Nice carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of belgiumania
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Heavy notes of Grapefruit in this one. So much so that I wouldn't have been surprised if the label had listed grapefruit added. To be honest this would probably make a better summer beer than a winter warmer, I could imagine this being a great beer for a hot summer day outdoors.

Otherwise not a bad beer; this one errs strongly to the IPA side of Winter Ales and is very light where other offerings tend to have a little more of a roast to their malt. The nose is great, very fruity. Mouth-feel is good and in line with the Pale Ale style.

Not too shabby.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a dark straw body.
The aroma is caramel and spices. Wonderful.
The taste is nicely malty, lemon bitterness and spicy.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
Quite enjoyable.

Photo of Tigre
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

I've gone back to this several times. Malty, somewhat rich, a traditional "winter" but with bitterness.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark orange amber with a thin off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel and lightly bready malt, brown sugar, light piney and grassy hops, a hint of spiciness. Flavor is dry caramel malt, piney and grassy hops with a bit of dankness, citrus in the background. Finishes with a piney, resinous hop finish. Medium bodied. A nice rich malt ale made spicy through its hops. No winter spices detectable, but still a suitable entry into the winter warmer style, there is lots of pine flavor here for the season.

Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a two finger lasting off white head and decent amount of lacing.
Smell is malty molasses dank hops and brown sugar. Taste is dank hops plenty of sugars and malts.
Mouthfeel is full and medium dry finish.
Overall one of the better winter warmers from the Northwest.

Photo of Reidrover
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from "Roths Sunnyslope Market" in S. Salem $3.99 Darker amber/red ale with a good sized,long lasting light tan head. Aromas of toffee/caramel malts and spruce/piney hops,also getting faint licorice nice really. Taste is way malty at first deep toffee and treacle notes, touch of licorice then satisfying deep hoppiness..finishes semi dry..and long long pleasing finish. Lovely thick yet moving fast mouth feel. A really nice satisfying winter ale..loved it

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Hot Mama's Wings

A- Poured a dark brown with ruby hues shining through, frothy off-white head with some big bubbles that left some chunky lace

S- Rich caramel, toffee, and bready notes. Very malt forward aroma. Some metallic notes on the aroma

T- Rich caramel, toffee, and bready notes. Very malt forward. Some cherry and apple skin notes. Some citrusy and earthy hops on the finish.

M- Very smooth, medium to fuller bodied, some prickly carbonation, dry

O- A very nice malt forward winter ale with rich flavors.

Festeroo Winter Ale from Hop Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.