Winter Ale | Court Avenue Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Court Avenue Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 06-14-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Caramel-orange color (dark brown with plenty of highlighting). The foam is tan in color, served creamy but only about a half inch. This didn't recede much if at all in the first half of the drinking time, and left pretty damn good legs of lace.

Aromas of caramel malt, lightly but definitely toasted, and a bit of inconsequential spicing. Cocoa powder, nutmeg, cinnamon. A classic "small brewpub" problem of being a little thin-smelling, and maybe watery.

The palate is again toasted malt, a little caramel sweetness, and the spicing. Some dark fruit sweetness as well, with the hops adding a hair of balance with a peppery splash at the end. A little sour, but none of the characteristic Scottish notes that I like to find.

Very light in general; the body is not creamy-light like the British versions, nor malty-full like the American craft styles.

Hmm. Not a bad little quaffer, but wrong for style and definitely not much of a "Winter" ale. It actually went pretty alright with the fish and chips, complementing the lemon juice, malt vinegar, and cole slaw flavors pretty well.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured it pint glass, a smokey brown color. A small tan head left a little lacing.

S - Smelled of citrus and malt.

T - Tasted very malty and sweet. It also had a little clove and fruit flavors.

M - It was fairly crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer, but I expected a little more from it since the other Court Avenue beers that I've had have been very good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium-dark caramel brown with a significant infusion of red-orange and bright orange peel accents. The creamy tan head was nice for a bar pour and never fell lower than a thick disk. Thick, heavy sheets of lace kept contact with the surface of the beer as it fell, but couldn't maintain their toehold higher up the glass.

The nose was decent and consisted of heavily toasted caramel malt with a smattering of cinnamon. That isn't quite the spice I'm looking for, but nothing else comes to mind. It was a little cocoa-ish as well. While it didn't jump out of the glass, the strength of the aroma was acceptable.

Is there such a thing as the summer version of a winter ale? This beer was so light of body and light of flavor that it struck me as anything but a 'winter' beer. No matter, I'll ignore the name and the season. The flavor profile consisted of toasted malt powder, dessicated caramel, dark fruit and spicy hops. Thanks to a lack of malt, the flavor skimmed across the tongue and was gone almost before it arrived. It wasn't a bad flavor, it's just that there was a major shortage of it.

The beer resembled a Scottish ale only in the most superficial sense. There was a modest sourness, but no peat and no smoke. Sweet wasn't in the house, while bitter, and especially dry, came in the front door loaded down with luggage. The whole didn't hang together all that well, thanks mostly to the dearth of malt.

Winter Ale struck me as an odd beer to offer thirsty patrons on a hot June day (of course I could have ordered something else). As it turns out, it is an appropriate seasonal offering given its lightness. That doesn't mean that I found much enjoyment in the pint and I'll be sure to avoid this particular beer if it ever makes a return visit to Court Avenue. I'm beginning to think that Rock Bottom brews the only good beer in this entire city.

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Winter Ale from Court Avenue Brewing Company
3.28 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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