Wasatch First One Down
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Winter Warmer
Ranked #118
Ranked #32,983
3.75 | pDev: 8.53%
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YourNeighbor from Arkansas

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Look: Muddy brown/amber body with a light brown head
Smell: Subdued
Taste: Very rich caramel and hoppy start with a hint of toasty-ness that quickly fades into a mild bitterness. Very mild for 7.1% ABV
Feel: medium mouthfeel with hints of soft carbonation
Overall: Nice easy drinking dark ale. Would not guess 7.1%.

Jun 02, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent chestnut with 2+ fingers of pillowy tan head. Rings of lacing 7 pretty nice head retention

S: Cakeyness, some wooody & herbal hops once warm

T: Rich maltyness, a little brown sugar, dryness, a little leafy hop as well up front. Brown sugar sweetness, a little drynesss & woody hops as this warms. Finishes dry with a little brown sugar & toastyness, plus just a little leafy hops

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

A decent winter war, won't blow you away, but no slouch, ABV is well hidden

Feb 06, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

[Original rating 2012-11-10] Pours clear red/brown with a thick tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is malt, caramel, spicy hops. Taste is sweet malt with a nice hoppy finish. A great winter ale.

Oct 03, 2018
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sjdevel from Utah

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Some bitterness at first and quite hoppy. Very rich and caramelly. Like a hoppy brown ale. I was expecting some spices but mostly on the hoppy side. Pretty good.

May 12, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Red brown color with a nice, brief head and great lacing. Nice dark fruit smell. Taste of dates, dark raisins, figs. A bit boozey, but a nice beer.

Aug 08, 2017
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a small off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - some slightly roasted sweet chocolate and toffee malt and a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet and toasted caramel toffee malts with some dark fruit and a roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice winter warmer.

Jan 14, 2017
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akolb from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Bright malts, cinnamon, and ginger. Bread and spice. Subtle hops.
Taste: Rich bready malts at first, then spices led by cinnamon and nutmeg come in. A bit of creamy sweetness, and a bitter finish. Alcohol warmth.
Look: ruby brown with a minimal head.
A good beer. The spices are there but are well hidden by the malt and hops, which is how it should be. Easy drinking and warming.

Dec 22, 2016
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2/26/16; consumed on 12/24 and 12/25/15. Deep amber/ruby, cloudy, coaxed a 1 inch tan, creamy, bubbly head with an agressive pour into an Imperial Irish pub pint. Light carbonation. Clumpy, sticky lacing as the head recedes. Aroma of hops (slightly citrus) and malt (faintly chocolate). Substantial mouth feel: slightly thick feeling for the style. Mild, but slightly bitter, initial taste, sweetly malty, with a more bittering in the middle and the finish. This is a very easy to enjoy beer. No spectatular hops flavor, or really any other notable dominating falvor; more of a malt body. But, it is still enjoyable to drink. I would have expected more of an alcohol presence in a "warmer". Even so, a very tasty beer.

Dec 25, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A brew that arrived from Nebraska VIA the head of the industrial electrical group from which I am employed----Thanks Randy!

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a JAFB snifter. This nice warmer pours a clear ruby copper color with a nice off white head of dissipating foam that dies down to a thin layer of pooling foam and light lacing. Nose of caramel malts, light nutmeg, dark fresh bread, and moderate bittering hops. Flavors are moderately sweet to the front and sides, then a zing of nutmeg, and finishing off on the back with moderately bitter hop notes that linger with light alcohol warmth. Others note it is a lot like a copper ale, I agree with the exception of light spicy notes. Decent warmer that improves vastly with warmth.


May 01, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown body with a very thick, rocky, sticky head. Warm bread and rye spiciness with the nose; caramel; brown bread. Sweet and boozy flavors throughout with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness and mild hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; a bit coarse on the palate; sweet finish.

Robust and tasty. Perhaps too much residual sugars in the taste and feel, but otherwise it is warm and inviting despite some rough flaws.

Feb 08, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells malty and mildly spicy. Scents of cinnamon and mint. Faint menthol scent.

Starts out malty with a woody flavor and a hint of soy sauce. Mild spices mainly cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK ale but not a remarkable one.

Jan 31, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a cool winter seasonal, not over spiced at all, but not overly flavorful either. what i like the most about it is its mouthfeel, well carbonated and not too thick or lingering on the palate, allowing me to drink it at a rate that actually will warm me up. malt driven, with some toffee flavors and only a balancing hop complexion. there is a honey type of sweetness to it, and not much of the usual spices. wasatch has been up and down in my experience, but this is a pretty solid overall beer from them, extremely drinkable for the style, and a good beer to keep around in the fridge for the winter months. i have also always really liked the price points on these beers, extremely fair for what you get, i hope that never changes. not the most adventurous seasonal, but a hard beer to be overly critical of.

Jan 12, 2015
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Revisit: 25 Apr 18
12 oz. Can
Enjoy By: 04/05/18

Pours a pretty nice brown color, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some toffee, nutmeg, roasty. The taste is malty, hoppy, nice touch of toffee, some nutmeg, nice roastyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew. Hope it did not replace Winterfest.

12 oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 3/18/15

Pours a very nice golden brown color, with a pretty nice one-finger creamy off-tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty/caramel. The taste is malty, very slight hop note. Medium body with a nice slightly bitter/dry finish. This is a pretty tasty brew, but not a winter warmer in my book, nothing like Jubelale. More like an amber ale. Worth buying again though, did/do not see Winterfest around so far.

Jan 06, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome dark golden brown with plenty of foam in the big chalice. Lovely piney and flowery hop aroma. Pleasantly sudsy on the tongue.

Light bodied but with a big malt presence. Warm and spicy. Rather bitter aftertaste. Caramel flavors but rather dry. Deep resiny and fruity hop flavors. A big flavor of tangerine and a hint of marmalade.

One of the better Winter Warmers I've had. Great drinkability with an intriguing aromatic zing. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at the Utah State Liquor Store in Sugar House.

Dec 23, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wasatch First One Down has a thin-to-medium, cream-colored head, a ruby red or possibly rust-red (depending on the lighting), clear appearance, and some nice lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of fruity, flowery, citrus, hop resin, medium-roasted barley malt, and a touch of yeast. Taste is of all that, with mild, appropriate bitterness and no alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, and Wasatch First One Down finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.


Dec 13, 2014
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 60 ratings