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Mild Winter Ale - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Mild Winter AleMild Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 12.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Perfectly suited to the season, our Mild Winter Ale is a combination of deep roasted maltiness and subtle caramel sweetness. It’s a well balanced, full-flavoured craft brew that’s sure to become an instant favourite.

(Beer added by: Serge on 10-12-2012)
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +16%

Nice basic winter warmer that really is a cross between a British Mild and a British Brown Ale. The beer is full flavoured and has a nice dry finish that works well with the style. No spices but rather a solid beer that will find a spot in my winter fridge.

10-25-2012 00:29:56 | More by canucklehead
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DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +15%

05-18-2014 06:30:59 | More by DreamDeath
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +15%

10-27-2012 00:32:33 | More by bumchilly25
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from a 355 ml bottle. Pours a clear brownish orange colour. Notes of cereal malt on the nose. Not much else. Palate offers nutty, roasty chocolate malt notes. Slight bitter finish. Very easy drinking and pleasant, but simple. An unusual style for a "winter ale."

10-22-2013 22:30:50 | More by CookstLiquor
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%

341ml bottle poured into tulip 6/6/13

A clear dark reddish amber with enough bubbles to pump out a large loose three finger foam that quickly falls leaving some random lace

S nutty hard toffee, dark bread, root beer and some nutmeg, faint coco powder, not very intense though, smells "mild"

T even further toned down compared to the nose, tastes OK just missing a little intensity

M fairly thin but well carbonated, a little slick on the gums with a nutty, spicy finish

O it is what it claims, a mild winter ale, decent beer but nothing worth looking for

another basic brew from my hometown brewery, I suppose you can't call me a homer with this one

06-07-2013 16:40:18 | More by wordemupg
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +8.3%

341ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some decent tree branch lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, some mild nuttiness, and dusty, earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy, lightly toasty caramel malt, ethereal oily bar nuts, a faint drupe fruitiness, a bit of dry black licorice, and earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are quite tame, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and generally rather smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt's heft lessening a fair bit, getting more bready, and the hops holding steady in their relaxed state.

Mild?!!! There is certainly something mild about this (with apologies to the Simpsons)! Well flavoured, and more or less simple in its application - multi-hued malt, just enough hops, and a lower than Canadian Standard ABV. Worthy for an unthinking session, maybe, but far from an 'instant favourite', even though I do appreciate the Canadian spelling in that last bit.

11-15-2012 04:03:29 | More by biboergosum
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graybayou

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-17-2013 23:16:03 | More by graybayou
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-27-2013 04:04:15 | More by ZachT
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-18-2013 06:21:56 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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nicsman


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-16-2012 16:36:33 | More by nicsman
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-10-2013 08:43:44 | More by valianes
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boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-14-2013 01:02:36 | More by boszormeny
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +5.8%

341 mL bottle pulled from a brewery sampler pack; bottled July 31 2013 (a weird time to start bottling a light winter ale, but whatever). It's been a few years since I've tried anything new from OS - I managed to sample a few of their flagship beers when I was living out west and was mildly impressed, but to be fair I hadn't had much experience with craft beer at that point. Served well-chilled.

Pours a deep, chestnut-bronze colour, topped with a half-finger of puffy, off-white coloured head that is rather short-lived, fizzling away in less than a minute's time. The aroma is fairly enticingly and unsurprisingly mild, with notes of caramel sweetness, toasted nuts and a slight hint of baker's chocolate. Nothing fancy, but I really want to take a sip at this point, so the bouquet is certainly doing its job.

The flavour is comparably balanced and mild. Notes of toasted, bready malts start off the profile, with a light brown sugar sweetness present initially. After a light brushing of plum fruitiness, It dries out toward the finish, offering up a combination of chocolate milk powder, toasted nuts and some vaguely earthy hoppage. The finish is bittersweet, with the taste of nutty roast lingering briefly on the palate. Light-bodied and a little thin, with a bit more carbonation than I want from a mild/brown ale. Quite easy to drink, due to the balanced flavour profile and extremely light nature.

Final Grade: 3.45, a B-. Mild Winter Ale doesn't offer any surprises, especially to people familiar with this brewery - it isn't especially creative or all that interesting, but it accomplishes what it set out to do - which is to create a nice, light, sessionable mild dark ale for the winter months. Not a bad beer, but I am left feeling a little underwhelmed. I'd try this on-tap or something, but it's nothing memorable as far as this style goes.

11-09-2013 14:59:22 | More by thehyperduck
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

11-05-2013 00:30:13 | More by ThinkAgain
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DaveR514

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

01-30-2014 18:32:27 | More by DaveR514
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

05-25-2013 19:48:55 | More by MidwestBA
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 341ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Bit of a murky reddish-brown body with a very thin head that disappears too fast and leaves nothing behind. Aroma is metallic nuttiness, peanut skins and dried fruit. Flavor is much the same with dried cranberries, unsalted nuts with the skin. Malty, medium bodied and very chewy. This would have scored higher if it was more visually appealing.

02-24-2014 13:45:29 | More by papat444
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LagerHOGGER

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

11-30-2012 14:02:04 | More by LagerHOGGER
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

03-01-2013 01:04:50 | More by kjyost
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

01-04-2014 00:52:25 | More by GoHabsGo
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

02-23-2013 08:57:02 | More by schopenhauerale
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

10-09-2013 22:08:43 | More by YamagamiTravis
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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -0.9%

341mL bottle poured a deep amber/chestnut color with modest off-white head and some spots of lacing. Aromas of caramel and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts and some lingering bitterness in the finish. A decent beer with nice carbonation and a light body.

10-12-2012 03:36:07 | More by Serge
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8%

12-22-2013 16:49:49 | More by jcubz
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8%

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a dimpled mug. Thanks to my buddy Mike for the beer!

Brown-ruby in colour and clear. Off white head is 1/8 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin ring around the outside. Specks of lacing here and there.

Subdued maltiness in the aroma. Hints of nuts and wood.

Pure maltiness through and through. Malty with some woody and nutty flavours.

Pretty simple and straight forward. Medium bodied with lots of pin pricks of carbonation on the tongue.

Not bad, but nothing to write home about either.

04-05-2014 23:19:25 | More by Noxious26
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Mild Winter Ale from Okanagan Spring Brewery
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