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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JackieTH on 12-14-2012)
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vlodko62

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

12-22-2012 04:04:04 | More by vlodko62
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dphayes77

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

12-01-2013 22:12:50 | More by dphayes77
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kiddwhiz

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

02-14-2013 18:06:23 | More by kiddwhiz
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

12-15-2012 22:20:32 | More by bsp77
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-13-2013 06:14:13 | More by MN_Beerticker
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-06-2013 17:13:22 | More by KarlHungus
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Zymocenosilicaphobic

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-24-2012 22:40:52 | More by Zymocenosilicaphobic
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Mervjahn

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-29-2013 15:46:40 | More by Mervjahn
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

12-26-2012 06:49:39 | More by MattyG85
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

12-30-2012 01:30:53 | More by yamar68
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%

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.)

02-26-2013 07:20:12 | More by feloniousmonk
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Shawner

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-26-2014 20:28:46 | More by Shawner
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Torifarbisz

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Cooper

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-18-2013 18:03:27 | More by Cooper
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DrZeus10

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-16-2013 21:53:05 | More by DrZeus10
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aliving1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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MinnTwins

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-22-2013 21:24:15 | More by zeff80
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Seefeldt

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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eawolff99

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-31-2012 01:28:16 | More by eawolff99
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QCABeerTour

Iowa

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-29-2012 02:11:01 | More by QCABeerTour
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Revenant

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-16-2012 18:34:23 | More by Revenant
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-02-2013 06:41:38 | More by lonewolfcry
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Alpar

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-09-2014 03:25:51 | More by Alpar
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a deep dark amber color with two fingers of off white head that holds some steady retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is strong ginger and caramal malts.

T= The taste matches the nose only it's a little more intense. There is a great ginger flavor but it's far from the most dominate flavor in the bunch. There seems to be a little roasted malt in there as well as a nice overall grainy barley flavor. The finish has a nice roasted malt bitterness and a sweet malty character.

M= Well carbonated. I was worried they were gonna under carbonate it but this is great.

O= This is a nice holiday brew. Not too spiced for the people who love a strongly spiced winter warmer but it's good enough for me. It's really just a tasty beer from a brewery that is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

12-21-2012 04:55:04 | More by jjanega08
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Old Friend Holiday Ale from Indeed Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.