Wintertide Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Wintertide AleWintertide Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 61
Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tight nonic
(9/25/17 packaged date printed on back label)

L: dark brown-mahogany with lots of red in it, almost crystal clear crimson, topped with almost 1-inch head of beige foam that is classic Sierra Nevada sticky; keeps thin collar and piece of skin

S: ginger, nutmeg, allspice, some dark malt thing that I struggle to describe but it's very winter warmer-specific (not exactly molasses/brown sugar but close); as it warms takes on a wonderful buttery sugary chocolate-covered almond note, or nutes covered in maple syrup/sugar ... also there's definitely a pinch of Sierra Nevada West-Coast hops in there, burnt bitter floral note

T: winter warmer as it gets, nutmeg/ginger, that dark-peat taste thing they have, some burnt brown sugar, an almost medicinal/bitter floral note and a woody aftertaste that's very subtle but very nice; as it warms and shows a bit more sweetness, it also becomes clear that the bitter/medicinal note is hops ... those bitter floral hops the way Sierra Nevada knows how to get them into the darker malt brews

F: heavy lightweight — not what I'd call a full middleweight but getting there; also in the middle of ale soft and lager crisp with enough of each for an easy quaff

O: as down-the-middle a winter warmer as I've come across, nothing crazy in any direction with plenty of spice flavor (ginger, nutmeg, allspice) and a nice little sweetness to balance as it warms; fans of winter warmers should at least enjoy it if not love it; a little more wood flavor would've made it a 4.0 or better beer for me

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bret717
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- opaque dark brown turning to mahogany around the edges; 2 finger creamy, tan head

Aroma- Ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, brown sugar, toasted bread

Taste- follows the nose very closely; a lot going on but the spices are very subtle- rather than being the focus, they're more of a compliment to toasty and rich malt

Feel- medium bodied, creamy

Overall- great winter warmer reminiscent of a ginger bread cookie. Complex but subtle spice make this malt-forward beer a real pleasure to drink.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored brew with a creamy tan head that leaves a sheet of lacing behind. There is some caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and a hint of apples in the nose. The taste is like mulled cider with some sweet apple flavors with nutmeg and cinnamon. There is some bready yeast flavors as well. It ends with a flowery hop bitterness. This is a really tasty beer.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep ruby red with a lightly khaki head and fades quickly to a ring around the glass with bits longer in the
Nose nutmeg, spice, ginger.

Palate follows. Nutmeg, spice, cinnamon, ginger, caramel malts. Flavors are all nicely layered together. Subtle glimpses of each. Nicely done.

Flavors are nicely balanced.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malt with notes of whole grain bread, caramel, coffee, ginger, and nutmeg.

A nice malt bomb without being cloying, roasted whole grain bread, sugar cookie, with a nice bitter balance from the spice, nutmeg, clove, and ginger. This beer comes together beautifully.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Personally I don't like spiced ales, and would never select one for purchase. This came in the Snowpack this year. Nice blue color for the label. Into a pint glass it goes:

L: Pours with a fair bit of dense foamy head that leaves thick bands of lacing for such a thin beer. Body is just a shade lighter than cola, appearing brown until held to a light source, at which point it becomes evident that it is dark red and bubbling actively.

S: Smells more like a wheat bun than a beer. The particular smell of barley is easy to detect in this. Clove, nutmeg and charred oak are also prominent. No trace of alcohol. Just a hint of peach if you look for it. The tail end of this gets really interesting: a hint of spicy ginger, a drawn-out smear of molasses, a touch of coffee, and finally a tickle of licorice root.

T: Bread Bread Bread. For real, it tastes like a gingerbread man. I do not regret this being included in this mixed pack (which I really only bought for the Coffee Stout). Notes are as follows: toasty wheat buns, roast, a hint of caramelized sugar, peach, molasses, clove, coffee, ginger, lemon, and licorice root.

F: Really inappropriately thin for the style, I think. And yet, the first example of the style that has actually appealed to me. That said, I'm fairly certain that I would really like this beer if it were a bit richer. As it is, it does have an extremely clean feel. Unnecessary, but appreciable.

O: A spiced ale I actually like. Very malty, very comforting, but quite thin. Still doesn't come close to the coffee stout.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, wintery ale. The nose is very subtle, but inviting. Hint of caramel, warmth, and some spice. The taste is a bit fuller w/ clove and much of the same as what’s on the tongue. Very good offering.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear dark amber color with a small tan head. A bit of lace.
Subdued caramel and spice aroma
The taste improved on the aroma. Caramel, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Medium-bodied with a late burn.

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Photo of ledouge
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsquared59
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep chestnut brown in color with a light haziness from all of the spicing. There's a fingernail of beige on top. The nose is predominately ginger and cinnamon, but I also get a bit of nutmeg. I'm tasting ginger and cinnamon. The ginger gives a light burn to the tongue and it is otherwise crisp.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCHritz
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled date of 10/30/17

Appearance - Pours reddish, chestnut brown with a tan, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a mostly barren surface with a fair ring of suds encircling the edge of the glass. Lacing displays broken lines and small spotting.

Smell - Cinnamon, pie crust, nutmeg and hints of other holiday spices.

Taste - Follows the nose. Malts give a toasted base while notes of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg spice dance on the tongue. Ginger tends to stand out, especially by mid-taste, while the finish reels it back to delivery a balanced, spicy and toasty finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, slightly bitey carbonation. Slick texture with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Overall - Solid winter warmer. Reminiscent of a lot of pumpkin beers, only without the pumkpin. It's not my favorite style but I wouldn't mind drinking this one again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola color with a decent head and sticky lacing. Nose is spice, nuts, cinnamon and malt. The taste is good but mild, I was hoping for a more in your face beer but this was playing on the safe side. Overall a good beer but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque amber — dark and muddy. Average head of tan suds and tiny line of lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, malty, and a bit spiced. Not bad.

Taste: More fruit and spices here — I get cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Tastes like an Xmas treat, and enjoyable enough as something NOT overly hoppy. It’s not love, just like.

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Photo of Roguer
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly deep and dark brown. Produces a strong, 1 3/4 finger firm tan head, with excellent retention.

Big, strong nose, that takes me aback a touch. Big notes of pine and caramel, and lesser notes of tangerine, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Beer made by the Yankee Candle Company.

Fairly straightforward "beer-flavored" beer. Lots of caramel and dark, bready grains; a bit of dark fruit; balancing pine and slightly juicy citrus. Definitely falls on the sweet and malty side, although it's well-balanced overall. Spices present more on the nose than on the palate, and that's a welcome relief; they add perhaps a dash of complexity to the mix, but never become obnoxious.

Feel is shockingly thick and creamy, especially for a lower ABV brew; I had to double-check the bottle!

This is a really nice beer overall, surprisingly so.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. The aroma is filled with chocolate and maybe a hint of orange peel along with winter spices (coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger). The aroma and malty taste makes this a great winter warmer that is also very drinkable.

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Photo of Ben1313
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Faint gingerbread notes

T: Ginger snap cookie, a little grassyness up front. More of the same as this warms, ginger pushes to the front, some dryness too. Finishes with ginger & dryness, plus grassyness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, thins as this warms

I like ginger snaps, so that helped with this. Nose & body were not up to snuff though, drinks pretty easy

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Wintertide Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 185 ratings