Frost Bite | To Øl

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Frost BiteFrost Bite

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To Øl

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BEERchitect on 12-02-2013

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2015. Purchased recently from the Brewdog online shop. Described on the label as a winter pale ale brewed with orange peel and pine needles. Most seasonal.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with fine sediment and good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of bright, fruity hops with hints of white grape, citrus, faint peel, mild caramel malt, earthy yeast and subtle spice. A pleasing blend.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and yeast, with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of white grape, citrus, faint orange peel, caramel malt, earthy yeast, a twinge of pine, stewed hops and a whisper of woody spice in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and slightly dry, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Rather astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity citrus, bitter hops, earthy yeast and harsh stewed herbs/leaves.

A nice enough brew, though the peel and pine needles aren't particularly obvious. Looks great, with an aroma and flavour of fruity citrus hops, caramel malt and very faint spiciness. Decent body. Comes across as an American pale ale with extra depth. Pretty good; worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of innominat
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sourdog
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcthfg
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange color with beige head. Aroma has sweet fruits like tangerines and peaches but also some sugar/syrup. Taste starts balanced with fruity notes, sweet biscuit malt and a good amount of hop bitterness in the background. Body is quite heavy for an APA, soft mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Really tasty beer with a very smooth mouthfeel and a good amount of bitterness.

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Photo of cwd
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skyjmpr
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Modernrickk
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fallenshadow
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nip in the air and a tingle on the fingers- winter is here. Its cold breath in the lungs and its yearning for something different is like the need for a drug that need to be satisfied. If it's in beer form, then perhaps To Ol can scratch that itch...

With a rusty bronze pour, the muddled copper tinge is decorated with a cast of yeasty haze to show off its non-filtered character. As a creamy off-white head builds, it shows strong retention that's fueled by Belgian-esque streams of bubbles. As the beer fades, a trail of broken blace lingers back in the beer's wake.

Spicy and hoppy aromas abound as the finer nuances of the beer are left behind. Grain caramel, notes persist while the citrus oils of fruit flesh decorate the malt with a notion of furniture polish and white pepper. Where its fruit notes are tame, its spices pull forward for an earthy white wine scent.

Its steely caramel upstart is mildly sweet to start but the beer quickly thwarts is sweetness and prefers a dry, earthy and bitter taste from middle palate onward. Citrus peels and tart berries frame the middle as straw and hay flavors follow closely. So does peppercorn, coriander and cumin for an earthy taste that's just shy of smoky.

Its superbly effortless mouthfeel shows a creamy caramel taste early but it soon shrugs all that off in order to prefer a bubbly prickle to the mouth. Dry to finish, the beer is playfully spicy, mildly warm and slimely astringent in its closure.

To Ol's Winter Pale Ale really shows its Belgian roots while borrowing citrusy American hops for an ale of added depth, complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grover37
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a belgian. American ipa.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Seems fitting, I think getting FrostBite was very possible around here for the last week or so. Label describes it as a "pale ale brewed with spices".

A - 500ml poured to Portsmouth glass. Beer is a darkish amber/orange color with some haze and an off-white head. Head retains very well, ends as a just-about-full cap with bits of lace left behind.

S - Smell is surprisingly faint but piny and citrus hops come through, a little bit of earthiness, and some sugary toasted malt.

T - Luckily the taste pulls through after the muted nose. Kind of straight-forward grassy orange hop profile but quite nice. Malt contributes a good amount as well with great sugar cookie and toasted biscuit flavors. Definitely mislabeled here (at the moment) as a Belgian pale, this is as American as it gets flavor-wise, also nothing noticeable in the way of spices.

M - Very smooth, somewhat hefty for 6% but in a good way. Light-medium bitterness with a great balance of hops & malt. Very nice carbonation. A pint of this is no problemo.

O - A nice and balanced American pale with an oddly weak nose. On the simple side but that is a strength here. Tasty orangey grassy hops, and a really good malt profile which adds to its wintery feel. Doesn't try to be an IPA either which is refreshing.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle label data: a number on the back--12050814

Clear, copper-colored body topped with a thick, chunky, white head. Mild spice aroma with an edge of old fruit and grass. Mildly fruity flavor with a crisp hop bitterness edge. Medium body with a coarse, juicy mouthfeel; semi-dry finish.

All-in-all, a tasty little pale ale that does have many characteristics that suggest a European lager styling. In that regard, this beer nails the Belgian pale ale style. But forget about the egghead aspects. This beer just plain tastes good and goes down easily. I assume by the name that this is intended to be a winter ale. Regardless, this would be a satisfying thirst quencher year-round. Too bad if this is a one-time offering as this beer would be great to have for year-round availability. Well, enjoy it while you can...

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Photo of mjgsilva
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SABERG
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured form the bottle into a modified tulip galss.
A - Deep honey gold, a steady curtain of tiny carbonation leads to a pillow of foamy goodness.
S - Honey, oranges and bready malt, all delightful.
T - Malt is deeper than I expected, quite delicious. The orange and white pepper ride the wave of flavors.
F - Meaty, strong bodied, glides across the palate leaving a slightly resinous coating.
Carbonation is well done and performs some clean up at the end.
O - A beautifully constructed beer. Big and bold for the winter months.
Complex enough without overreach.
Well done indeed.


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