Winterfest - Free State Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tito42:
3.31/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
04-17-2013 03:13:50 | More by tito42
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4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
12-11-2011 16:53:38 | More by JeepCop
4/5 rDev +7%
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
11-18-2012 00:13:36 | More by russpowell
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-24-2013 23:19:40 | More by maleman
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a pure rich copper color. A froth off-white head sits on top and slowly dissipates to an uneven thin foam. Some mild sticky lacing. Complex smells of apples, citrus hops, and caramel. The taste is about spot-on with the smell: citrus hops, some sweet apples, and toffee and caramel. Interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall, i was expecting to not like this IPA as a Winter Warmer. However, it has just enough holiday flavors like apples, caramel, and even toffee in it to make it enjoyable. Maybe not a sx pack, but one is really nice.
12-04-2011 19:56:20 | More by JuicesFlowing
Winterfest from Free State Brewing Co.
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