Old Man (Winter Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Coppery in color with a small white head that left some decent lacing.
Smelled malty, perhaps yeasty, with just a wee bit of hops.
Taste surprised me. I was expecting more of a spicy, "winter warmer"-style ale but it seemed more like an IPA or an APA, though with just a touch of piney, citrusy hops to justify the "winter" designation. The hoppy bitterness dominates, but there is a malty balance underneath those hops. I noticed a tad bit of alcohol; more so as it warmed up.
As for mouthfeel: moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Again, a tad lighter than I expected for a winter brew, but not a light-bodied beer at all.
I felt this beer was highly drinkable, though I was sampling it in May, not on a cold winter's night when maybe I'd want more spicy notes than hops. The hops dominated, but with a decent malt undertone. In some ways it's similar in style (though not necessarily in head-on hoppy taste) to the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.
All in all I enjoyed this beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2006 13:27:45 | More by Kendo
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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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