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Old Friend Holiday Ale - Indeed Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Old Friend Holiday AleOld Friend Holiday Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 78
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JackieTH on 12-14-2012

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 78
Reviews by jera1350:
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Republic.

Darker goldish copper color with a tan head of suds. Smell is full of ginger and spice. The flavor is mainly ginger also with a medium sweetness from the honey. Some clove notes with holiday spices also. I think I'm tiring of the holiday spices in beer as I found this one tough to finish. Not a bad beer by any means, but too much ginger and such for my taste buds. Nicely done for the style, but just didn't do much for me.

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Photo of JeffLunde
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bsp77
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours Brilliant deep amber, under a clingy 1” light reddish brown foam cap
S: Fruity, ginger, honey aromas – the floral part of the honey really comes through.
T: The honey is the main thing, the ginger is in the background but weaves its way through in the finish providing a little spiciness and a little ginger heat. A light chocolate flavor lingers in the background.
F: Thick and full bodied but not chewy – it has full body but not the malt presence you would expect. There is a slightly astringent dryness in the background under the honey.
O: Old Friend is pleasant and drinkable but there is a little something missing – a little more bite, ginger, hops or malt might be nice. A decent beer but a touch boring.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Torifarbisz
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of thorkelson
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Nivek43
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vlodko62
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of stemp033
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of hail_seitan
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you like ginger - try this beer. A sweet, ginger spice beer for a cold winter's Eve.

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Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cofeeguru
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TCMike
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Old Friend Holiday Ale from Indeed Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.