Wintertime Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Wintertime AleWintertime Ale

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 11-11-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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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.

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2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep and dark mahogany brown color. Produced a lovely cap of off-white froth. Great retention and lacing.

(S)- A rich spicy body. Quite woody / bark-like with a hefty bitterness aroma-wise. Subtle sweetness.

(T)- Very very nutty with an almond/walnuts. Relatively dry with a subtle spice and minimally sweet.

(M)- A good carbonation level. It is just kind of mild-medium across the board. The nutty flavors are nice, but just not alot going on. Neither bitter or sweet; neutral?

(O)- With all of the winter seasonals that are out with bold and dynamic flavors, this one is easily forgettable for me.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark bronze color. Ivory colored head with good retention and a few lace spots.

Spicy, malty, nutty aroma.

Mildly roasted malt character suggesting almonds and toast. Hint of caramel. Subtle nutmeg spice. Herbal hop. Well balanced.

Medium bodied. Sharp carbonation. Smooth feel and dry finish.

Good winter ale. I like how the spices are not overpowered.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pour is medium red-brown, clear, with a tan head that soon settles to a partial coat but continues to leave a nice coat of lacing on the glass with each tilt.
Feel: near medium body seems too thin. Medium+ carbonation seems a bit too high.
Initially appealing aroma declined with warming. Surprisingly, some similarity to a Belgian dubbel but not the same. Rather nutty for one thing. More hops too.

O: a bit too weak and too thin for a Winter warmer.

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Wintertime Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 124 ratings