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Old Friend Holiday Ale - Indeed Brewing Company

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Old Friend Holiday AleOld Friend Holiday Ale

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very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JackieTH on 12-14-2012)
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Reviews by JackieTH:
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wax sealed 750mL with painted on artwork. Slightly hazy ruby red with khaki foam. Not a lot of lacing. Smell is very gingery, a bit of soy, quite frankly it smells like a carton of Chinese takeout. Which isn't necessarily bad, but now I'm craving some potstickers. Taste is ginger forward with a note of honey. The combination is quite unique and nice. Nice complimentary level of carbonation, and a medium mouthfeel. Interesting beer.

JackieTH, Dec 14, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DaftPatrick, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy off-color ruby with nice head retention and lacing lines.

Smell: Ginger, caramel and nondescript dark fruits.

Taste: More ginger going on, with a malt backbone of caramel, bread, and plums. Some light dry mead characteristics on the finish, along with lingering cherry and more ginger.

Feel: medium to full body with low carbonation. Semi-dry finish with some mead nuances.

Overall: Spiced Christmas Ale done right. Somewhat similar to Great Lakes Christmas Ale, but a titch better. From what I have had from Indeed, they are six for six so far. Unbelievable.

bsp77, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a waxed 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber ruby with a moderate amount of bubbles. About three fingers of off white head that slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready malty aroma with a lot of spicing. Big scent of ginger upfront along with some hints of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Toasted malts with big hints of caramel, toffee, baked biscuit, yeast, and tea cracker. Also some hints of honey sweetness. Hop presence is very subdued but things are a little earthy. Very ginger forward. Quite an interesting aroma.

Taste: Like its smells, a malty taste that is very spice driven. Big taste of ginger that stays throughout. Also some allspice, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg spicing. Bready toasted malts with a good taste of caramel, toffee, baked biscuit, yeast, cracker, tea, and a little toast. Moderate sweetness is added by some honey. Subdued earthy and grassy hops in the background. The ginger spicing stands out the most and it tastes pretty good with the malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth with no noticeable alcohol heat.

Overall: A pretty interesting take on a Winter Warmer that comes out good. Very big with the ginger. Being a regular sushi eater I've grown to like ginger quite a bit. In fact this would make an interesting pairing with some spicy sushi.

MattyG85, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Shawner, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Torifarbisz
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Torifarbisz, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Cooper, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep crimson color with a massive head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Massive amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Right after the pour I picked up large aromas of ginger but that settles down after the beer settles down. Afterwards I pick up mild bread, and some floral and grassy notes. Overall it is rather mild.

I feared the ginger might be overpowering, but it is not and adds some nice complimentary flavor. Really quite floral and not sure if this is from the honey or hops. Do get some very faint fruit notes but has a rather weak, malty flavor.

Somewhat thin body. Does have some nice carbonation.

Has some good qualities but I was letdown. Guess I was expecting something bolder.

morimech, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of DrZeus10
4/5  rDev +6.4%

DrZeus10, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Nivek43
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Nivek43, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark toffee brown with a healthy dollop of latte colored head, laces perfectly.

Definite fresh ginger character, spiced brown ale type aromas, sweet cola, a bit of caramel malt... the bright ginger really cuts through in a way that I enjoy much more than I anticipated.

This beer is going to be polarizing I can tell already... to me, the ginger plays seamlessly with the more traditional winter warmer type spices. I wish the honey was more prominent but I guess you can't expect such a soft and sweet ingredient to compete with fresh ginger root.

It's like nothing else I can think of. Quite innovative, yet approachable. Nicely done.

yamar68, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bigbeers84, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of vlodko62
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

vlodko62, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +13%

MN_Beerticker, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ShanePB, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of stemp033
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

stemp033, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

gatornation, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of yokken
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

yokken, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of cofeeguru
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

cofeeguru, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of TCMike
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bomber, it produced a big, beige, three finger head. The beer color is a dark amber.

The aroma is of malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, but not very strong.

The taste is similar, but with a light hop bitterness, and alcohol taste. Medium carbonation, and body.

Good beer from Indeed, but not one of my favorites from them.

TCMike, Nov 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

billhelm, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

aliving1, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MinnTwins, Jan 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

dphayes77, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

nmann08, Dec 23, 2013
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Old Friend Holiday Ale from Indeed Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.