2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 11-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of FINLANDski_1619
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 10/18/12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, dark fruit, sweet spices, and some light citrusy and pine hops. It tastes like toffee, brown sugar, figs, bready malt, citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops. The bitterness comes out more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid beer, I liked it. Not sure if I should have drank this fresher or aged it longer!

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Photo of RegalEagle
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of CCutch
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Apellonious
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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 cadaugherty
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam.

S - It smelled malty with notes of toffee.

T - Sweet and malty with toffee and a spicy heat.

M - crisp and smooth. A medium bodied beer.

O - This is a nice Barleywine. Well done brew.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured red-orange with a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, earth, earth hop, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, fruit, alcohol, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was quite a bit going on in this one which is always welcomed, however, there were some aspects that just felt a little out of place once I picked up on them. Take the wood for instance. While it was there I do not feel that it was really needed as it just added another component to an already decent backbone on the brew. This might have helped to balance it a little more, but I guess I will never know. Worth your time trying at least once to judge for yourself.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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2012 Coming Home Holiday Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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