Old Friend Holiday Ale | Indeed Brewing Company

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Old Friend Holiday AleOld Friend Holiday Ale
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3.74/5
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97 Ratings
Old Friend Holiday AleOld Friend Holiday Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
indeedbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,937
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
97
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
23
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0
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of saymike32
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elec
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Czequershuus
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours very deep amber verging on brown. The aroma features notes of candied cherry, golden raisin, and ginger. The flavor starts with sweet, candied malts, banana bread, butternut squash, golden raisin, mince, honey, roast carrot, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate, loose grained carbonation. Overall an utterly pleasant beer - nothing amazing, but on a cool winter night it is really hitting the spot.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brent_B
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vheissu15
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucular
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMN44
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottom of can says Best By: 10/31/17.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Lots of ginger plus some nutmeg and cardamom with some toasty malt in the back.

T- Balanced flavor of spice and malt sweetness. Definitely ginger-driven but there are some allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg notes as well. As multiple sips are taken, the ginger starts to build some heat, but nothing too crazy. Dry finish.

M- Lots of zing from the spice with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Pretty exemplary of the style with more of an emphasis on ginger, which I like. Nothing super complex here, but drinkable and fun.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16oz can with best by date of 11/01/17. Per website, a "winter warmer brewed with fresh ginger root and honey. Deep ruby red with layers of malt complexity and a zippy aroma." 16 IBU. Pours a dark copper red, light head that dissipates quickly. Pleasant nose and palate of roasted malts and some ginger. Nice version of a classic English winter warmer.

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Photo of cencless
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josholson666
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taybeh
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evilyak
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown. Light lacing.

Lots of ginger here, in the nose and mouth. Kind of overwhelms the beer underneath, but it works OK.

Mouth is slick and lingers a bit.

Overall, with the right pairing this could be good but I'd only want one.

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Photo of googs509
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thorkelson
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours Brilliant deep amber, under a clingy 1” light reddish brown foam cap
S: Fruity, ginger, honey aromas – the floral part of the honey really comes through.
T: The honey is the main thing, the ginger is in the background but weaves its way through in the finish providing a little spiciness and a little ginger heat. A light chocolate flavor lingers in the background.
F: Thick and full bodied but not chewy – it has full body but not the malt presence you would expect. There is a slightly astringent dryness in the background under the honey.
O: Old Friend is pleasant and drinkable but there is a little something missing – a little more bite, ginger, hops or malt might be nice. A decent beer but a touch boring.

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Photo of Devman171
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old friend is a sweet fruity flavored beer. Good full body. A top winter warmer.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Old Friend Holiday Ale from Indeed Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 97 ratings