2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale
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2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 11-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 14
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4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark orangish amber with a little white that has good retention

S - citrus, bread, alcohol, sweet, caramel

T - caramel, birthday cake, citrus, grapefruit, bread, sugar

M - medium bodied, smooth well carbonated

This was delicious. It blurs the lines between DIPA and Barleywine with it's intense hop character. There's just enough sugary sweetness to remind you of the style. The citrusy hop character was fantastic and the malt wasn't cloying. The balance here was superb. The alcohol for the most part was also well hidden. I very much enjoyed this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Apellonious
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle recommended by the "beer guy" at Frougle's.

A - dark ruby, viscous pour, with a thin froth that quickly dissipates into a lace that sticks on the glass.

S - citrus, brown sugar, Belgian yeasts and caramel.

T - a rush of sugars and grapefruit like citrus at the front. Mild bitterness and caramel like favors in the mid swig. Faint booze finish. Some peppery type spice in the afterburn.

M - spot on. Carbonation is a touch on the low side, but there is enough to create some sizzle on the tongue. Chewy and mildly sticky, but is well balanced.

O - the Beer guy is two for two. Insanity was his other pick. Really beginning to dig the style, and I would recommend this to anyone willing to give ABWs a try.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a medium cap of white foam. Good head retention, with a lot of sticky pure lace.

S: Biscuity crystal type malt with some cracked grain. Earthy, grassy hops with some dandelion greens.

T: The malt core of this beer is very nice. Biscuity, very English like. Notes of pine for hops, much more so than in the nose. Some grass as well. The hops are noticable, but we're certainly not in Bigfoot territory. There's a real nice EtOH finish to this beer as well which melds with the other flavours.

M: Medium to full-bodied, with a soft carbonation and an elegant ethanol play.

O: This is quite a good American barleywine which really needs no time; this is ready to drink now. Fine beer for the holidays.

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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2inch of off white head. dark amber color but you are still able to see through the glass.

S: Love the aroma hops used thin this beer; very floral and has some spice aroma.

T: it is very fruity and creamy malty with a hint of caramel and spices. Still has some of the bozziness from a 10% beer. It has has a mellowing bitterness.

M: feels wet and mildly bitter. beer has a medium body.

O: Belgian take on an American barleywine

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4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up tonight at the COOP for $11ish... Pours a slightly hazed deep amber.... light tan head doesn't stick around for too long but leaves good spotty lacing.

Nose is appropriate for the style... a pretty good dose piney hops with a floral undertone... quite rounded malt with some nice caramel and dry dark toast essence.

Flavor has all the same elements but with a nice fresh bitter bite that balances the coming malts... malts are on the sweet side, but not out of style by any means... Hop flavors are pine/floral/lesser citrus... but the hops are pretty tame on the palate for an American BW. Some minor raisin with warmth... and something that I associate with apricots on the finish.

Good body and a sorta light carbonation lends to a creamy mouthfeel... I expect the carbonation to get more pronounced with age as the bottle conditioning kicks things up a notch.

I will definitely be buying some of these for future enjoyment.

My Idaho peeps get a good nod for this one.


Edit... This is very drinkable right now... While I will personally cellar a few bottles, I suggest not putting them in the basement and forgetting about them. The hops are about perfect right now, and will only get worse with time.

I hoped for a more aggressive hop profile out of the gate to allow things to meld over time.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Had at Helen's on Christmas. I really enjoyed it. It was thick and creamy, not quite but almost too sweet. It had a wonderful caramel color.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with OCT 22, 2012 printed on the tied on booklet. Vintage 2012. After eyeing this beer for the past year, I figured now was as good a time as any to give it a try.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright hazed burnt orange colored body with some brown highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of fluffy khaki head. Good lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The nose is very pleasant. Sweet caramel / amber malt, alcohol fumes, grapefruit, citrus, pine, brown bread, brown sugar, green apple yeast esters, orange marmalade, hint of banana, some soapiness, some creaminess, and some peppery rye.

T - Ah yes, absolutely delicious. Creamy sticky caramel / taffy covered green apples, caramel malt / amber malt / candied crystal malt, alcohol heat, brown bread, brown sugar, molasses, twiggy earthiness, white sugar, tea leaves, and faded citric grapefruit / pine hop bitterness.

M - Goes down smooth and creamy, with lots of sticky sugars and hop bitterness lingering on the palate. Warming alcohol on the finish.

Overall, I'd say this beer has held up nicely, but the alcohol is still apparent, so perhaps another year or so might do it some more good. Delicious.

Grand Teton Coming Home 2012 Holiday Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a reddish brown with a half finger of off white head that is quick to fade to a collar around the edge of the snifter
S: smells of citrus, pine and caramel malt
T: semi assertive piney hops up front with a good bit of the malt backbone coming through with some nice caramel flavors, a bit of citrus as well. solid balance and good flavors. swallow brings some more sweet citrus, caramel and pine
M: full and slightly thick and syrupy with soft and light carbonation. interesting finish is a bit drying but also slightly oily and sticky
O: overall this is a really solid beer. very drinkable fresh with some nice and assertive hops that aren't abrasive on the palate and very good balance that almost leans toward the sweet and malty side

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2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 64 ratings