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Winter IPA - Faction Brewing

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Winter IPA
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Faction Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: heymikew on 11-09-2013)
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Reviews by elNopalero:
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4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear golden color with a light hop aroma. I get some pine and citrus peel with a earthy straw backbone. There’s a pleasing hoppiness on the palate, with more of the same sorts of citrus and piney straw balanced with a taste of caramel malt. Oddly I also encountered a bit of baking soda on the finish, something I found consistent with the Faction beers. Part of their flavor profile? Or the Alameda water?

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The trend seems to be to brew for the season at hand, and winter is no exception. Unfortunately for we consumers, some of the larger brewers are so eager to create a new flavor, they sacrifice the quality. I'm so tired of over-spiced winter lagers that leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. Finally, someone got it right. This is a lightly spiced IPA with a reddish tint, moderately carbonated, without the bite and a slightly cloudy pour that won't overwhelm you in its complexity. The array of flavors in its blend give you the winter experience without detracting from the hoppy IPA backdrop. It doesn't slam you in the face at the start like a Sam Adams or Widmer's, and finishes easily without any burnt notes like you might get from other winter lagers. If you can get this, you have to try it.

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Watch out Bay Area
Rodger is finally getting to brew the way he's been imagining
That can only mean great beer for all of us

When Claudia brought the keg in, the first thing I asked her was "is it cold"
As soon as she confirmed that her drive across the island had been short, and the temperature had not been compromised, David hooked it up and produced three glasses.

First whiff: mmmm
First sip: that thing Homer does when he gets a headrush
Only regret: we got a small keg instead of the 1/2 bbl

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Winter IPA from Faction Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.