Wintertime Ale
North Coast Brewing Co.

Wintertime AleWintertime Ale
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Style:
Winter Warmer
ABV:
not listed
Score:
81
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 12.68%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
124
From:
North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.33/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: A rather timid ‘home-made’ looking blue label smattered with an icicle font ‘Wintertime Ale’. No strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: A nice brazen copper-orange body that is lucid and well presented with a smooth looking off-white creamy head resting atop. Occasionally swirled, the head is retained as a thick smooth collar. The best part of this beer, until you smell it at least.

Nose: Malts and Walnuts mixed with a strange disinfectant hospital odor.

Taste: Has a sort of ‘Medicinal Feel’ on the tongue, and long after the swallow. If I was feeling rude, I would say that this tastes infected! Otherwise, it certainly cleanses the palate of all know germs. Buy a 6-Pack now and get a special Bobble Head “Oxy Clean” Billy Mays!!! Do it in the next 5 minutes and we’ll super size your order.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a clean Petri-Dish feel. No cultured germs here.

Drinkability: Tough one this – took a while for me to finish the 12 ouncer, I have to say.

Overall: A bit of a ‘let-down’ for a North Coast beer, pretty average really. That’s kind; in fact I’m not impressed. A short Review for a beer I would rather forget. So glad I only got single rather than a 6-Pack!!.

Mar 04, 2004
More User Reviews:
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tastymug from Washington

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Dec 28, 2012
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new winter seasonal to me from North Coast Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Simple minimalist label art; no abv listed on the bottle anywhere.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark rubyish chestnut body with about a finger of creamy khaki head with good staying power. Leaves lots of good sticky lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is simple, but pleasant. Bready caramel / toffee malts, herbal tea leaves, subtle notes of vanilla, and a fruity hop presence reminiscent of berries and jelly. Not a terribly powerful aroma, but it's nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: light roast / nutty caramel malt presence steals the show, with some mild fruity / herbal hop content coming into play. Not a whole lot going on, but the quality of the ingredients shows, and it goes down nice and easy.

M - The feel is a bit on the thin / watery side, but it's smooth, crisp, and easy-drinking.

Overall, an average, but enjoyable winter warmer offering from North Coast. Probably not one I would return to again often, but it was a pleasant surprise.

North Coast Wintertime Ale -----3.5/5

Dec 16, 2014
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Lukass from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Jan 03, 2013
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Mattbrew_Nelson

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Dec 24, 2012
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Nunya from Ohio

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Jan 04, 2013
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Eziel from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 11, 2015
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dren74 from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%

Dec 13, 2014
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RCLOHR267 from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

May 04, 2014
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wildcatboy from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Dec 22, 2013
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Matt2509 from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 07, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 19, 2015
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alostplot from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Feb 25, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ale pours a rick mahogany reddish brown with light tan head and great lacing. Nose of bread, light sweet caramel notes, and an earthy woody like aroma. Taste is light bittering hop up front mingling with caramel malts on the back and sides. Decent carbonation gives a lively mouthfeel. As labeled a winter ale it is more of an ESB. That said, so many winter ales beat you to death with spices and vegetable matter like pumpkin or yam, that it can be nice to just have a good beer that does not crash ones senses, this is a good beer, not great, but very good.

Aug 13, 2014
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Waner from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 30, 2014
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McMatt7 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 17, 2014
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Bernie_Mizer from Ohio

2.96/5  rDev -16.6%

Nov 13, 2014
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RBCBrams17 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Sep 19, 2014
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Yancey82 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 25, 2014
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NWatters from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tastes like winter, gorgeous amber color, wish I was drinking it by a fire in Breckenridge.

Jan 03, 2015
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BKotch from Texas

3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark amber color, good light tan head with lace. But I'm a bit disappointed with this offering from North Coast, also the brewer of one of my all-time favorites and a beer absolutely bursting with flavor, Old Rasputin. This one is just light on flavor and nose. Not my first choice for a strong ale/winter warmer.

Nov 11, 2001
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Brent from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle gives no clue as to the style of the beer, and I spent most of my time trying to tag the character. Yeasty, spicy aroma wafts from the beer - Belgian? Dark Hefe? Very malty, at the start with the beer still quite chilly, caramel jumps up and takes charge of the flavor, but the finish lets in a bit of cereal for an end that that hints of Cracker Jacks popcorn and nuts. Once the beer warmed, a more phenolic aspect asserted itself and it seemed to switch nationality from Belgian to German with clove flavors from the yeast bubbling up. Not a great beer, but a good beer and a nice winter diversion.

Dec 21, 2002
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marc77 from California

3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark bronze / light ruby hue topped by a quickly receding ivory - white head that leaves a loose pattern. The aroma is an odd but enjoyable melange of tart fruity esters, buttersctoch, medium caramel malt and gints of raspberry. Subdued floral hop nose. The taste doesn't follow up on the aroma, unfortunately. A combination of hop bitterness and non - descript spice hits the palette upfront, and is followed by generic caramel malt sweetness and nutmeg spice. THe flavors fade abruptly & the finish is left a bit of the bland side. Perhaps I'm accustomed to more robust winter seasonals, but I found this this brew to be far too conservative and perhaps a bit weak in flavor. Decent, but lackluster.

Aug 08, 2002
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Mark from California

3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love North Coast beer and I was excited to try this on a dark winter night watching T.V. with Suzanne. I was a bit let down when I discoverd this was a spiced beer. I was expecting a malty strong ale or even a barley wine style. Appearance was a attractive deep clear amber, a nice head lasted and left intricate lacing. Aroma was of spice which as I mentioned above was a letdown. Taste was spice accented, clove mainly I would think. Solid mouthfeel. Drinkability only so so for me, but spice lovers should take to this beer.

Feb 11, 2003
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This really grew on me as I drank it and as it warmed.
Malty, slightly sweet aroma with a slight roast quality. Little caramel and some phenol. Nice complexity. Pretty amber color (like an Marzen), clear large full head with good lacing.
Flavor not over powering with a slight hard water quality. Mostly malt, with good balancing with hops. Taste become richer and more satisfying as drink warmed. Pretty good ale smoothness with richness noted.
As this sat it became more flavorful, almost like it needed to breath (like a red wine). Seems like an ale version of a Marzen with similar malt make-up, but with nice ale smoothness.

Feb 02, 2003
Wintertime Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 124 ratings