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Mild Winter Ale | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
okspring.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,031
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
33
pDev:
15.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a dimpled mug. Thanks to my buddy Mike for the beer!

Brown-ruby in colour and clear. Off white head is 1/8 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin ring around the outside. Specks of lacing here and there.

Subdued maltiness in the aroma. Hints of nuts and wood.

Pure maltiness through and through. Malty with some woody and nutty flavours.

Pretty simple and straight forward. Medium bodied with lots of pin pricks of carbonation on the tongue.

Not bad, but nothing to write home about either.

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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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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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