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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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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: JackieTH on 12-14-2012

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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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4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Indeed Old Friend Holiday Ale. ("What Grinchitude is this? "Holiday"? No Christmas? Bah, Humbug!") I kid, I kid.

Deep, dark crimson coloring, especially when held to the light, clear, and beautiful. Creamy, off-white head.

Spices leap out of the glass. Cinnamon and ginger first, and maybe nutmeg. Very strong and lively. Sweet, dark malt beneath. Nicely spicy.

Taste: Mmm. Gingerbread cookie dunked in warm cocoa. Delightful blend of spices floods the mouth, slips down the palate and lays in for the long haul. The alcohol in the one is a very manageable 7%, there is little to no heat, apart from that which the spices deliver. No heat, but lots of warmth.
Medium-bodied, long, slightly sweet finish. It's lovely, put simply, a very tasty holiday treat.

I'm going to take a minute to read the back of this label, from the first bottle of this kind (silkscreened graphics, wax-dipped top) from Indeed.
Good tidings to you, Old Friend. We brew our limited release Holiday Ale with fresh ginger root and a hefty dollop of family harvested honey. This fireside companion has a deep ruby-colored body with layers of malt complexity and an intense ginger aroma. Reunite with friends, old and new, and celebrate the season with an Old Friend by your side. Cheers!

(Hmmm, now I wonder, is it a blend of spices? Is there more than ginger, if that's all that's mentioned. I could be feeling this additional flavors from the malt. Or maybe there are other spices, that just are worth mentioning, aside from the fresh ginger root? I should find out.)

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Old Friend Holiday Ale from Indeed Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.