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Winterfest - Free State Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 11-08-2011

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 104
Reviews by tito42:
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3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by first week of May 2013.

A: Hazy iced tea in color with a foamy, tan head. Fair amount of particulate in suspension.

S: Grapefruit, piney hops, malt, brown sugar.

T: Malt, brown sugar, buttery diacetyl, citrus hops, grapefruit.

M: A bit chunky, decent hops finish, a tad bitter for a single IPA.

O: Not bad, seems like it would be a better choice on tap and fresh at a KC area establishment.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JeepCop
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't do many reviews, but this local offering from Free State Brewery has inspired me.

I've had this both on tap and in their newly released seasonal bottling. I was reluctant to try the bottled version as I was fearing it would suffer the same fate as the growler version of their Josiah Miller.

Served in a Free State pint glass, this beer pours a somewhat darkish amber color. The pour leaves a very nice dense head that gives way to plenty of lacing. The smell screams tropical fruits and hops, with just maybe a hint of spice. I am very excited to see how this plays out. The taste is exactly what I was looking for. Tropical fruit right off the bat with plenty of hops and just a touch of spice on the back end. Carbonation is just as it needs to be and the finish is just a tad bitter, which I prefer. Mouthfeel is quite good and not too much nor too little.

Overall, this is an excellent offering by Free State. Quite frankly, this is my favorite bottled beer Free State offers. I wish it wasn't a seasonal, as I would like to have access to this on a year round basis. Nicely done Free State! I will be purchasing this as long as I can.

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Photo of tyalan
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of the 1st week of March 2013

Pours copper with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Floral, grassy & piney hops, plus grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit peels, some bready & piney notes up front. More grapefruit & pine & as this warms, some pear notes as well. Finishes piney wth a touch of grassyness, grapefruit & grapefruit peel

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, nice balance

A fairly refreshing IPA , was hoping for a litte more heft for a winter IPA

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Photo of Chuck_25
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of maleman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with best by dating into a pint glass.

A - dark, but transparent golden amber. clear, white two-finger head with nice, thick lacing.

S - biscuits and grass! ripe fruit.

T - bread and hops with a touch of alcohol in the finish, maybe a tad too much.

M - a bit less than medium-bodied. Aftertaste lingered.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Basoos1
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jayschool
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of e911mann
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of stlfatguy
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice amber color was slightly hazy on this one with a very thin head. The head remained throughout, however, and it had nice lacing. The smell was neutral and light, without anything overpowering coming through. Some definite hop flavor with a sharp feel at first, and some aftertaste. Several drinks in, the taste mellowed considerably.

Really liked the look of this one. Not too strong for an IPA. I would drink it again.

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Photo of TIMMA87698
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MidwestBA
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GMcBride
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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Winterfest from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.