Mild Winter Ale | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Mild Winter AleMild Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Perfectly suited to the season, our Mild Winter Ale is a combination of deep roasted maltiness and subtle caramel sweetness. It’s a well balanced, full-flavoured craft brew that’s sure to become an instant favourite.

Added by Serge on 10-12-2012

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Photo of crimsonknight331
4.61/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is my winter ale of choice. It's one of Okanagan Springs best next to their brewmaster's black.

It's not overly sweet like a lot of other winter Ales are. It's the perfect blend of vanilla, caramel, and hops along with the typical winter ale taste. A great combination, it looks great and smells better and tastes amazing. This is a true winter favourite!

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Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice basic winter warmer that really is a cross between a British Mild and a British Brown Ale. The beer is full flavoured and has a nice dry finish that works well with the style. No spices but rather a solid beer that will find a spot in my winter fridge.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okanagan Spring Mild Winter Ale
12 oz. returnable brown glass bottle, coded H29131027V"
$2.09 Canadian @ Intermarche 8160, 850 rue St-Jean, Quebec, Qc

Appearance: Crystal clear deep mahogany brown body. The short head of creamy off-white / light tan drops readily and leaves little lacing about the glass.
Aroma: Caramel and brown malts in the nose. It hints at chocolate and roastiness. Clean.
Flavor: Not as malty as the nose suggests, but pleasant. Caramelish, toasty, gently chocolatey, and subtly roasty. There are only background hops, leafy and herbal, mainly coming through in the dry, lingering finish. Median bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Gently crisp. Median carbonation.
Overall: Not a bad beer, but not a great one. Although it lacks in malt flavor, and body, I'd certainly take the flavors of the malt in this one over most of the bland golden lagers that are so popular in Canada (there are some good ones).

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355 ml bottle. Pours a clear brownish orange colour. Notes of cereal malt on the nose. Not much else. Palate offers nutty, roasty chocolate malt notes. Slight bitter finish. Very easy drinking and pleasant, but simple. An unusual style for a "winter ale."

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Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 6/6/13

A clear dark reddish amber with enough bubbles to pump out a large loose three finger foam that quickly falls leaving some random lace

S nutty hard toffee, dark bread, root beer and some nutmeg, faint coco powder, not very intense though, smells "mild"

T even further toned down compared to the nose, tastes OK just missing a little intensity

M fairly thin but well carbonated, a little slick on the gums with a nutty, spicy finish

O it is what it claims, a mild winter ale, decent beer but nothing worth looking for

another basic brew from my hometown brewery, I suppose you can't call me a homer with this one

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, sold in 6-packs throughout this vast land of ours, I presume.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some decent tree branch lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, some mild nuttiness, and dusty, earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy and lightly toasty caramel malt, ethereal oily bar nuts, a faint drupe fruitiness, a bit of dry black licorice, and earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are quite tame in their faint frothiness, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt's heft lessening a fair bit, getting more bready, and the hops holding steady in their relaxed state.

Mild?!!! There is certainly something mild about this (with apologies to the Simpsons)! Well flavoured, and more or less simple in its application - multi-hued malt, just enough hops, and a lower than Canadian Standard ABV. Worthy for an unthinking session, maybe, but far from an 'instant favourite', even though I do appreciate the Canadian spelling in that last bit of marketing drivel.

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle pulled from a brewery sampler pack; bottled July 31 2013 (a weird time to start bottling a light winter ale, but whatever). It's been a few years since I've tried anything new from OS - I managed to sample a few of their flagship beers when I was living out west and was mildly impressed, but to be fair I hadn't had much experience with craft beer at that point. Served well-chilled.

Pours a deep, chestnut-bronze colour, topped with a half-finger of puffy, off-white coloured head that is rather short-lived, fizzling away in less than a minute's time. The aroma is fairly enticing and unsurprisingly mild, with notes of caramel sweetness, toasted nuts and a slight hint of baker's chocolate. Nothing fancy, but I really want to take a sip at this point, so the bouquet is certainly doing its job.

The flavour is comparably balanced and mild. Notes of toasted, bready malts start off the profile, with a light brown sugar sweetness present initially. After a light brushing of plum fruitiness, It dries out toward the finish, offering up a combination of chocolate milk powder, toasted nuts and some vaguely earthy hoppage. The finish is bittersweet, with the taste of nutty roast lingering briefly on the palate. Light-bodied and a little thin, with a bit more carbonation than I want from a mild/brown ale. Quite easy to drink, due to the balanced flavour profile and extremely light nature.

Final Grade: 3.45, a B-. Mild Winter Ale doesn't offer any surprises, especially to people familiar with this brewery - it isn't especially creative or all that interesting, but it accomplishes what it set out to do - which is to create a nice, light, sessionable mild dark ale for the winter months. Not a bad beer, but I am left feeling a little underwhelmed. I'd try this on-tap or something, but it's nothing memorable as far as this style goes.

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Photo of ZachT
3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 341ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Bit of a murky reddish-brown body with a very thin head that disappears too fast and leaves nothing behind. Aroma is metallic nuttiness, peanut skins and dried fruit. Flavor is much the same with dried cranberries, unsalted nuts with the skin. Malty, medium bodied and very chewy. This would have scored higher if it was more visually appealing.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Serge
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341mL bottle poured a deep amber/chestnut color with modest off-white head and some spots of lacing. Aromas of caramel and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts and some lingering bitterness in the finish. A decent beer with nice carbonation and a light body.

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Mild Winter Ale from Okanagan Spring Brewery
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 33 ratings