Winterfest - Free State Brewing Co.

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85
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 11-08-2011)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of siege06nd (thanks John!). It pours a medium copper color with an off-white foam that leaves wispy clumps of dry lace. it smells well balanced, with a good deal of caramel malt offsetting the resiny hops.

It tastes just as balanced as it smells, sweet up front with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad at all but sort of middle of the pack among all the IPA choices in the world. I do like the choice of an IPA for a winter beer, much better than spiced Christmas ales.

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a clean deep amber with a finger of creme colored head leaving behind nice lacing. smells of green peas, slight oxidation, grassy hops. weird, this smells like it's an old ipa, but it's a current seasonal.. hmm. the taste is of a fresh pale ale. hints of honey, tea like herbal flavor, grassy hops. a nice sweet malt profile. medium body with a stick feeling left behind. moderate carbonation.

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Served in a SA Perfect Pint:

A: Pours a truly beautiful dark copper color. A crisp, ever so off-white head provides a pleasing contrast with this relatively dark IPA. Two finger head slowly recedes to a quarter finger, but what is left retains very well. Very good lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. This is one of the better looking IPAs I've had.

S: Not getting a whole lot on the nose. Some sweet malts, a bit of grain, and a relatively faint citrus hop presence. Lemon becomes more apparent on the very back end. Malt forward and the hops are pretty held back for an IPA. Ho hum.

T: Lots of creamy malts, some lemon citrus hops, and assertive pine resin bitterness. The finish is just a bit medicinal, something odd with the hops/malt interplay. Pretty solid, though. Enjoying the more robust maltiness on this.

M: Good. Moderately carbonated and relatively savory for an IPA, I suppose that's why they release it as their winter seasonal.

O: I'm digging Free State's take on a heartier IPA. They didn't quite nail the finish on this one, which is bittersweet (literally) and a touch medicinal. That doesn't mean they didn't craft a solid IPA here, however. It is relatively full-bodied and enough to keep you warm on a cool winter evening. I would have liked a more assertive bouquet, however. It's not going to blow you away, but it is a solid local in a style that is overdone and often done poorly. I recommend it.

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Winterfest from Free State Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.