The First Snow Ale - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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The First Snow AleThe First Snow Ale

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82
good

162 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This hearty American pale ale contains a rich blend of spices that warms the soul on a cold winter's night. Chill the mug, stoke the fire, and savor this quality seasonal brew. Available only during the Winter season.

(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 10-12-2005)
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Photo of sd123
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rangerred
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium orange with a small half finger white head. Poor lacing and not really any head retention.

Aroma is heavily spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and apples. Almost cider-like.

The flavor is quite heavy with the spice as well, a bit too much i'm afraid, but it isn't completely awful. Loads of cinnamon and allspice with more of that spiced cider quality. Somewhat of a chalky mouthfeel with a mild bitterness to wrap things up.

Overall, a pretty standard winter warmer that could use a bit of cleaning up. It is totally drinkable, though, even if it is a bit rough around the edges.

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3.8/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

02/06/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Very nice spiced pale ale. If you like Southern Tier Pumpking or McKenzie's Seasonal Reserve cider, you'll probably like this. The spices are not as upfront but it all works out to a very pleasant experience.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of patre_tim
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper cloudy with lots of carbonation, a huge gusher that forms a 10 finger light yellow beige head.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, some lemon zest, tart lemon. Very much like a seasonal October through Christmas pumpkin pie and festive mix beer.

T: Tart lemon juice and lemon rind, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. A sort of yeasty plastic like taste I often get if hefe weizens.

M: Medium light acidic feel with medium fermented fruit like carbonation.

O: Got this one at World Market in Asheville, NC, drank in Pensacola, FL July 25th, 2014. Quite well done, its gusher and lemony taste are distinctive for the style. Definite spices on this one.

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3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I feel guilty for having amassed as much beer as I have in the last year or so, but I am now determined to get caught up. I do not mind drinking "seasonal" beers out of season, however, as I am not always a fan of some seasonals, especially Hefeweizens.

From the bottle: "This hearty American Pale Ale contians a rich blend of spices that warms the soul on a cold winter's night. Chill the mug, stoke the fire, and savor this quality seasonal brew."; "Malt beverage brewed with honey and spices"; "Seasonal Beer".

As soon as I popped the cap, I began to get foam coming up through the neck. This precipitated the pour, but negated anything more than gentility. I was getting loads of foam as the result and it quickly became obvious that this one was going to be time-consuming. Pour, wait. Pour, wait. No problem, since the French Vanilla-colored head looked like the top of an ice cream cone, plus I can always open something else in the interim. The density and retention of the head was almost worth the price of admission in and of itself. The nose was quite strong, especially of cinnamon, but also perhaps nutmeg and the honey lent a dull, not cloying, sweetness. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9). The lacing that began to form in the interim was beautifully sticky. The taste was a bit sharp for my liking, as if they might have used too heavy a hand in the addition of the spices. Cinnamon was quite evident, to the point of being overwhelming. Finish was dry, very spicy and really more than I would want at any time of year.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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The First Snow Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.