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Wasatch Winterfest - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
87
very good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-29-2008)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

A - Pours a hazy brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a small cap. Good lacing that shows rings.

S - Smells very similar to SN Pale Ale (piney hops) and faint malts.

T - Tastes of bitter pine hops and leaves a malt aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation with a creamy feel in the mouth.

D - This was a pretty good beer that I got as part of a Winter sampler pack on clearance. I had never seen this brand before this and I haven't seen it around too much by itself. I don't think I would get this one again.

05-19-2010 02:48:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive and sticky head that leaves a curtain of lace

Smell: Piney tobacco notes waft along with caramel underpinnings

Taste: Caramel up front, with a developing piney herbal bitterness that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness dials back a notch to highlight the fruity caramel malt; tobacco and tea elements in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty intriguing winter warmer, with a lot of complexity

Thanks, Wasatch, for the opportunity

05-24-2009 01:29:49 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

This was a damn good beer, I just have to get that out of the way. I recieved this one along with the rest of my nice collection of utah beers recenetly and I thought they were all gone till I pulled this one out. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 01/31/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich copper colored amber with lots of reddish tint mixed in throughout. Nice clarity and some small carbonation coming up through the glass. Nice head of white on top settled down quickly and led to a thin covering of lace. The aroma was loaded with pine hops. Lots of nice balance though with hints of cinnamon and spices mixing in quite well. Lots of resin filled hops in on the flavor. Very smooth with with a nice medium boided feel that was very well placed. Well hidden alcohol was not much of an issue at all, in fact very drinkable and went down a bit too quickly.

Overall a very solid beer that was much different then what I was expecting. Solid hoppy strong ale that I would not turn down again.

02-01-2009 05:30:25 | More by mikesgroove
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-15-2012 00:12:09 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with an half inch of off-white foam resting on top.

Smell: Toasted dark breads and caramels wrapped in notes of citrus, dehydrated herbs, and mild spice.

Taste: Toasted dark bread crusts and grains smoothed out with a modest caramel sweetness. Lightly nutty. Citrusy, herbaceous hops with a moderate amount of bitterness. Subtle hint from the alcohol. A touch of spiciness, though it doesn't seem to be due to an actual dose of Christmastime spices. Drying, lightly bitter, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty good! A reasonably bold winter brew without being too heavy, ridiculously spiced, or having a laborious ABV.

06-24-2009 19:03:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, a good amount of hops and a little bit of fruit.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of brown sugar, fruit and caramel that are quickly followed by a solid and complementary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

03-14-2011 01:43:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark chestnut brown, two fingers of head stays for a while

SMELL: Caramel, cake batter, toasted bread, ripe peaches, dired grass, faint alcohol, wild flowers

TASTE: Toasted grain, smooth, semi-creamy, dried grass, slightly roasty, bitter hop, dried plums, warming alcohol, brown sugar, faint hop spiciness, roasty semi-dry finish.

A solid winter seasonal, hits all the right spots ... warming alcohol, toasty-roasty character & a kiss of complexity. No spicing and pretty damn drinkable.

12-21-2011 02:37:17 | More by Jason
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mactrail

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Pleasantly sharp and spicy flavors right from the start. Amber in the glass with decent foam and lacing. Doesn't seem to be spiced at all, according to the brewery, and the hops are Columbus and Amarillo. So they're getting a lot of flavor out of the malt as well. Rich roasted barley and beery smell. Nice sweet malt flavor as you sip.

More interesting than many ambers, and it's clearly not a Winter Warmer sort of thing. I think it's more drinkable than a lot of the other Christmas/winter ales. Great balance, complex flavors, no distracting spices. Malty with a dry touch and great aromatic hops.

12-22-2011 02:30:32 | More by mactrail
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Mora2000

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very malty with some caramel and toffee notes. There is also some dark fruit and quite a bit of alcohol, which is kind of surprising since the beer is only 7 percent. The flavor is hoppier than the aroma. I get some pine and grass notes from the hops and also some toffee and caramel malt. There is also some dark cherry in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. While there is quite a bit going on, the flavors don't really seem to meld all that well together and as a result, the beer falls a bit short.

09-18-2011 20:45:15 | More by Mora2000
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours mahogany with a rich tan head that has good staying power. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel/toffee/nuts and citrus pine. Nice hop and malt aromas blend together. Not powerful, but very nice.

The taste is of caramel/toffee/nutty with a hop balance of grapefruit and pine. Both hops and malt show nicely and blend together well. It has a bittering, dry finish.

Close enough to full-bodied to work well. Carbonation stops just short of being a bit too much for the style, resulting in the benefit of the higher of two scores I had in mind, especially as it progresses.

Alcohol is well-covered in the aroma and taste. Comes across as easier-drinking than abv would have. Nice to see a well-hopped beer that still maintains a wintery maltiness. No spices here, either - so a good brew to just enjoy the maltiness and hoppiness of it. This hit the spot for me, and I probably enjoyed more than the individual parts/scores show.

Thanks again, John!

12-26-2008 16:21:37 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Sampled on tap @ 1702 Tucson, AZ; March 2011
This arrives from the tap with a creamy textured, amber tinged, tan colored half-finger thick head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, burnt amber color that shows a clear, ruby-amber hue when held up to the light. The up front aroma is dominated by herbal, citrusy hop notes and even some berry like notes. Specific notes of tangelo, ruby red grapefruit and a back drop of pine play nicely with subtler notes of biscuit-like maltiness and a solid cracker like character towards the finish. A nice appetizing aroma for any hop head, but there is a fair amount of malt character to this brew's aroma too.

As the beer first hits my palate it tastes bitter, with a caramelized sweetness, a herbaceous quality and lots of fruity hop notes. The bitterness is present from start to lingering finish and there is also a herbal / menthol like hop character that is along for the ride as well. The beer has a medium body with some viscous heft to it through the middle of each sip, but the herbal / bitter hop character scrubs the palate clean of the residual malt in the finish. Flavors of buttery toffee and rich caramelized grain intermingle with fruit notes of tangelo, candied citrus zest, sweet-tart berry notes as well as some touches of hemp and pine needles too.

This is quite nice, I would be quite happy sipping a few pints of this over an afternoon / evening. The malt character is richer and darker leaning than the Sierra Nevada Celebration that inspired this brew, but it is definitely quite appropriate for a Winter beer.

03-26-2011 22:15:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-11-2012 23:01:19 | More by MarkyMOD
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Zorro

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Clear brown colored ale with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is malty and hoppy with a little spice possibly spruce.

Starts out malty and sweet with a firm bitter finish. Lots of grapefruit and pine flavors with some cedar plank flavor. Faint spruce flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty winter beer with a strong hop bite.

Addendum: Friday 13th 2013 resample:

I detect a bit of cinnamon in the smell.

I definately taste strong spruce flavor and it is decidedly less bitter than I remembered it.

Not as sweet now as it seemed in 2011.

11-24-2011 19:49:17 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

2010 Edition

It's back for it's third year.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy light tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a slight hop note, slightly spiced. The taste is very nice malty, and maybe more hops this year, nice sweetness and with some spice. Medium body, nice little bitterness/dryness finish. Very Drinkable, a very tasty brew, recommended.

2009 Edition

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing and small islands left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, slight spice. The taste is malty, with some hop notes, slight spice, and caramel tones. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry and bitter. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew from Utah, glad to see something like this here, recommended.

2008 Edition

A new brew for Utah, and a very nice one at that.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing and small islands left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, slight spice. The taste is malty, with some hop notes, slight spice, and caramel tones. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry and bitter. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew from Utah, glad to see something like this here, recommended.

11-29-2008 21:15:13 | More by Wasatch
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-17-2014 20:28:41 | More by LXIXME
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

12oz from my recent trade with Wasatch... I love it when I get Utah brews from John.. I know they are gonna be fresh. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Easy 2 finger head lasted for a looong time. Tons of crusty lace and a meringue like cap that lasted the entire glass... the brew is crystal clear deep chestnut..

I am blown away by the nose.. I was expecting toasty malts and subdued hops.. Instead.. I was greeted with a big blast of citrus hops .. some caramel malts are there.. but play waaay second or third fiddle...

The flavor is much more in line with a winter brew.. but wow.. I am still reeling from the hoppiness.. The hops are met with a great nutty and only mild chocolate malt presence.. surprising hop bitterness.. caramel essence without the sweetness is hit with a nice punch in the mouth from citric hops.. I am trying to remember a brew that the Wasatch Winterfest reminds me of.. I am coming up blank.. I can easily see how this could be a great Winter Warmer.. I prefer my hoppy brews on the dry side .. this one delivers.. it tastes very fresh.. The body is medium with a smooth creamy yet everpresent carbonation.. drinkability is fairly high just because I want another sip to describe what I am very much enjoying... the finish is long and hoppy with an underground nutty component that keeps me coming back..

Wow John.. The Utah brewers are hitting them out of the park lately.. This is a great brew that should be in anybody's fridge in a cold winters night.

01-08-2009 10:08:38 | More by JohnGalt1
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear brown amber with about an inch of foam.

The smell is big with the caramel malt goodness with some bready notes and an interesting pine hop infusion that makes the nose very intriguing.

The taste is darn big with both the malt and the hops. Caramel and bready malt sweetness counter by a healthy dose of piney hops bring out a very good balance and man, I'm loving it. The best brew from Utah I've tasted yet? Could be. I think any brewery would be proud to call it their own. Nice little alcohol kick here as well with some warming after the swallow but tastewise, it's well hidden.

A medium bodied brew with light carbonation, it finishes slightly sweet, slightly bitter, slightly spicy. A very good Winter brew.

Drinkability? Lots of delightful flavours going on with a very good mouthfeel and the alcohol is kept in check pretty well..I'd say it's very drinkable. I really enjoyed this brew and head retention was great as was the lacing. Ok, I'm going to stick my neck out for the chopping block but this one is a stand out.

02-07-2009 16:23:46 | More by Bitterbill
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

12 oz bottle with a born on date of 02/03/11. Pours a rich brown color with a large froth of dense, creamy head. Retention is good, but lacing is downright gorgeous. Great looker. Bonus points for having a clear bottling date code, thanks Wasatch!

Nose is piney and citric with a minty, chocolate maltiness that is interesting. Smells like lots of hops were used here.

Nice use of flavoring and bittering hops with a lighter-than-expected malt bill. Roast and chocolate are there, but it could use some more body and even some sweetness would not be amiss. Not bad, perhaps a fresher sample might be better, but one would assume a 7% winter warmer would hold up for at least 5 months or so. It just feels a bit thin for the style. Id consider buying a sixer around Christmas if I saw it around, pretty easy drinking and the hops are nice as well as the lack of over-the-top spice additions found in many a winter seasonal.

07-30-2011 22:40:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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gford217

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

04-28-2010 04:09:16 | More by gford217
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champ103

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -19%

A: Pours a dark red, nearly brown color. A beige head rises to more than two fingers. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Citrus hops up front. Followed by some dark fruits and wood aromas that mingle together.
T: A quick flash of some citrus like hops. Then an overpowering wood flavor. Some sweetness, but not much. Then finishes very bitter.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Surprisingly syrupy though. Which is an odd mesh. A bit of alcohol, but overall not something I am coming back to often.

Decent enough. The six pack will not go to waist, but not one of the better winter seasonals I have had.

03-19-2011 00:19:15 | More by champ103
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle. It pours a clear brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus hops and grapefruit. Flavor is rather hoppy but blends nicely with sweet caramel malt. Very nice, more like an IPA than an ASA or a winter ale for that matter. Yum!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

01-24-2009 00:16:18 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.9%

A-pours a dark mahogony colored beer with a very loose small bubbly tan colored head.

S-the nose has some roasted malts, a little overly sweet caramel, very sticky hop resign aroma, pine sap, wood, oily citrus in the back.

T-the taste is similar, slightly burnt wood and malt, overly sweet caramel, very resignous, lots of sugars left behind and it shows in the feel as well. very piney in the back with sticky citrus notes and moderately bitter.

M-the feel is a little fuzzy with the residual sugars, the finish is nice, it is rather dry and crisp, well carbonated.

D-not bad, has some flaws. overly sugary and sweet with a ton of sticky malts and hops. has a decent balance and a nice finish.

05-15-2011 23:15:00 | More by cpetrone84
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-15-2012 21:58:17 | More by cdwil
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

With Spring having sprung weeks ago, what better time for a strong winter ale? Wasatch (who else?) sent a 12 oz. bottle; I poured to a pint glass.

A: Rich, deep mahogany, tinged with ruby in the sunlight. A sudsy sandy-coloredcap, nearly a finger-high fades to a clinging froth; terrific lace in sheeting blankets. Fair carbonation, only a few random bubbles.

S: Strong aroma of spiced/candied fruit, citrus-y hops, scented wood, slightly chocolate syrup. Toasted dark bread, once again spiced (wheat) rounds out an appealing aroma.

T: A well-balanced hop/malt profile: herbal/piney greens (a little 'aged' as it IS April...) with a sweeter nutty/chocolate/toffee. Not as much of the fruit as detected in the aroma, finishes with a dry, vaguely smoky bitterness.

M: Smooth carbonation, medium-thick body. Mild alcohol warming.

D: Among the tastier, more drinkable strong/winter beers I recall. Rivals the likes of an annual NW favorite (Deschutes Jubelale). Would gladly have again.

Big thanks to John, a saint among BAs...

04-21-2009 21:14:07 | More by msubulldog25
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-03-2013 23:27:58 | More by WDJersey
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Wasatch Winterfest from Utah Brewers Cooperative
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.