2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
A - Cloudy copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam.
S - It smelled malty with notes of toffee.
T - Sweet and malty with toffee and a spicy heat.
M - crisp and smooth. A medium bodied beer.
O - This is a nice Barleywine. Well done brew.
02-22-2013 23:58:33 | More by zeff80
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
750 mL bottle,
A: Pours brown with a medium cap of white foam. Good head retention, with a lot of sticky pure lace.
S: Biscuity crystal type malt with some cracked grain. Earthy, grassy hops with some dandelion greens.
T: The malt core of this beer is very nice. Biscuity, very English like. Notes of pine for hops, much more so than in the nose. Some grass as well. The hops are noticable, but we're certainly not in Bigfoot territory. There's a real nice EtOH finish to this beer as well which melds with the other flavours.
M: Medium to full-bodied, with a soft carbonation and an elegant ethanol play.
O: This is quite a good American barleywine which really needs no time; this is ready to drink now. Fine beer for the holidays.
11-18-2012 05:19:15 | More by Halcyondays
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
A - dark orangish amber with a little white that has good retention
S - citrus, bread, alcohol, sweet, caramel
T - caramel, birthday cake, citrus, grapefruit, bread, sugar
M - medium bodied, smooth well carbonated
This was delicious. It blurs the lines between DIPA and Barleywine with it's intense hop character. There's just enough sugary sweetness to remind you of the style. The citrusy hop character was fantastic and the malt wasn't cloying. The balance here was superb. The alcohol for the most part was also well hidden. I very much enjoyed this beer.
01-18-2013 23:13:44 | More by tdm168
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Picked up tonight at the COOP for $11ish... Pours a slightly hazed deep amber.... light tan head doesn't stick around for too long but leaves good spotty lacing.
Nose is appropriate for the style... a pretty good dose piney hops with a floral undertone... quite rounded malt with some nice caramel and dry dark toast essence.
Flavor has all the same elements but with a nice fresh bitter bite that balances the coming malts... malts are on the sweet side, but not out of style by any means... Hop flavors are pine/floral/lesser citrus... but the hops are pretty tame on the palate for an American BW. Some minor raisin with warmth... and something that I associate with apricots on the finish.
Good body and a sorta light carbonation lends to a creamy mouthfeel... I expect the carbonation to get more pronounced with age as the bottle conditioning kicks things up a notch.
I will definitely be buying some of these for future enjoyment.
My Idaho peeps get a good nod for this one.
Edit... This is very drinkable right now... While I will personally cellar a few bottles, I suggest not putting them in the basement and forgetting about them. The hops are about perfect right now, and will only get worse with time.
I hoped for a more aggressive hop profile out of the gate to allow things to meld over time.
11-14-2012 03:34:21 | More by JohnGalt1
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
Bought at the Liquor Shed for $6.99.
A nice foamy pour of a deep red brew, over 2 fingers' worth, it shrinks slowly leaving some good lacing behind.
Lots of pine in the nose with small hints of something malty going on.
The taste is more balanced than the smell. Yeah, there's a solid pine flavour going on but the malt is well represent with an ample sweetness, slight hint of dark pitted fruit, and a fairly noticeable taste of alcohol.
Fairly lightly carbonated with an on the big side of medium bodied, the mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is average at this stage. I'd like to revisit with some decent cellar time.
01-01-2013 19:58:49 | More by Bitterbill
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured red-orange with a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, earth, earth hop, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, fruit, alcohol, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was quite a bit going on in this one which is always welcomed, however, there were some aspects that just felt a little out of place once I picked up on them. Take the wood for instance. While it was there I do not feel that it was really needed as it just added another component to an already decent backbone on the brew. This might have helped to balance it a little more, but I guess I will never know. Worth your time trying at least once to judge for yourself.
01-25-2013 21:40:32 | More by thagr81us
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
750 ml bottle, bottled on 10/18/12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, dark fruit, sweet spices, and some light citrusy and pine hops. It tastes like toffee, brown sugar, figs, bready malt, citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops. The bitterness comes out more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid beer, I liked it. Not sure if I should have drank this fresher or aged it longer!
09-13-2013 22:35:03 | More by bluejacket74
3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
750ml bottle. I keep telling myself not to buy these $12 beers but then my curiosity gets the best of me and I end up regretting it. This was a pretty average barleywine and as such it certainly wasn't worth $12. Ruby color, good head, looks nice. Aroma is alcohol, hops, alcohol. Did I mention the alcohol is pervasive? Flavor is hoppy barleywine with a hint of cherry cough syrup, really nothing special. New Years Resolution: stop buying overpriced beers with no track record.
12-25-2012 03:52:38 | More by ArrogantB
2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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