The First Snow Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

The First Snow AleThe First Snow Ale
BA SCORE
46%
Liked This Beer
3.61 w/ 198 ratings
The First Snow AleThe First Snow Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
rjrockers.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This hearty American pale ale contains a rich blend of spices that warms the soul on a cold winter's night. Chill the mug, stoke the fire, and savor this quality seasonal brew. Available only during the Winter season.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 10-12-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,345
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
198
Liked:
91
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
13.57%
Alströms:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
7
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22
Trade:
0
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Photo of RBorsato
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wrigfen
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rorjets
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours - light copper color no lacing slight off white head.

Smell - Little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg also some caramel and allspice.

Taste - kind of watered down nutmeg and Cinnamon mostly.

Feel - light bodied well carbonated.

Overall - Not a great beer would not have it again.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours amber with golden highlights. Suspended yeast is clearly visible. It is topped with two inches of beige head that leaves a little lacing.

It has a fruity aroma. I get some cinnamon and nutmeg.

The taste is a nice combination of malt and spices.

Medium mouthfeel

I wasn't expecting much, but this was a pretty tasty winter warmer.

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Photo of BeerNDoggerel
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopflyer
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date section of label is blank.

Pours a bit murky orange, very little head. Minimal lacing.

Nutmeg and cinnamon upon initial smell. Custard, vanilla?

Taste is fairly prominent spiciness with the nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. The light honey flavor sweetness also there along with brown sugar and a bit of caramel. I can also pick up some vanilla and rice pudding like flavors. Maybe its the nutmeg tricking me since any rice pudding I've ever had was made with nutmeg. As it warms, cinnamon becomes even more prominent.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

Wasn't sure I would like a spiced beer and can't remember any I've had before. This actually surprised me in that I enjoyed it. Can't imaging drinking this anytime other than the winter months though.

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Photo of dcotom
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BGCoon
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OB1
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Super fluffy, rocky head, on hazy orange/gold body. Mild sweet, spicy aroma, gingerbread, fruitcake, etc. Taste is more of the same with a lean towards the sweet side. Slippery mouthfeel. Getting too close to spring to enjoy this style.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a 5 oz sample glass
came in a craft beer of the month type gift
bottle date appears to be 10.8.15 but was hard to read
pours golden orange with a small white head that faded quickly
smell is hoppy spicy sweet and cinnamon
taste much the same as the nose honey orange spice and sweet
feel effervescent and somewhat crisp
overall too sweet for me i drained poured a bit
i liked the nose but not the taste

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Photo of batt6343
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"This hearty American Pale Ale contains a rich blend of spices that warms the soul on a cold winter's night, Chill the mug, stoke the fire, and savor this quality seasonal brew." Brewed in the style of a Winter Warmer. Available as a fall/winter seasonal in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 56 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Gusher alert! Pours an explosive fizzy foam head of an eggnog white complexion over a copper amber body with ample, lively carbonation and high clarity. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Malt notes of pale and soft biscuit caramel with a modest sweetness and light body, amplified with spiced notes of clove, ginger and allspice, delicate cinnamon, perfumey hints of cardamom. Yeast notes generate a delicate roasted fruitiness with hints of cider fruits, cherry and cranberry essence. It's a peculiar amalgam of aromas but it manages to work fairly well. Potency is moderate-high. 3.75

(Taste) Pale malts with a light biscuit body and moderate sweetness meets fruity notes of cherry and cranberry, almost a roasted pumpkin squash adding thickness and depth to the body. Drinks clean and moderately-bodied, light to no hop profile and bitterness, with the majority of bittering agents in the dryness of potent spices including nutmeg, clove and dry cinnamon. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, lightly chewy and moderately dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a moderate frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly fruity tart and spicy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I can best characterize First Snow as the transitional step from Pumpkin ales to delicate early winter warmers. I get a peculiar flavor of fermented pumpkin alongside cherry and cranberry that doesn't get mentioned on the label, but an ample and effective, yet appropriate spicing places this beer comfortably in the late fall to early winter seasonal slot, even though Georgia's first snows don't commonly happen until mid-February. I enjoyed this beer and didn't find that the spices overpowered the malt profile but complimented them appropriately. A tasty winter beer and worth a try at the right price. 3.5

RJ Rockers Brewing Company's
The First Snow Ale
3.59/5.00

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Photo of Runrjw
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer for winter . Has cinnamon flavor

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, bottled 10/13/14

A- pours a deep golden color with a ruby hue, small fizzy white head quickly reduces to a film floating on top

S- lots of holiday spicing on the aroma with an emphasis on cinnamon & allspice, there’s some fruit aroma reminiscent of fruitcake, slightly sweet from the honey

T- initial honey sweetness up front eventually gives way to spicy flavors of cinnamon & clove, dryi-ish finish with lingers of spices

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- a nice winter warmer that has a good blend of spicing

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Photo of jshusc
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tlema1
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lite bodied, but a nice spice combo

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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The First Snow Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 46% out of 100 with 198 ratings
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