The First Snow Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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The First Snow AleThe First Snow Ale
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The First Snow AleThe First Snow Ale

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

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

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Photo of TaylorWhite
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of showbob
4.87/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite winter ale! The First Snow Ale is an American-style pale ale, moderately hopped. It also happens to have 15 pounds of honey and almost every spice in the cabinet thrown in: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange peel and allspice. Nice! With the 6% alcohol makes it even better!

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Photo of dirtysanchez843
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of jsprain1
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy oranged tan with a cream colored head. Retains head well. Some lacing.
S- Smells very much of spice. Cinnamon, some clove. Actually a bit like a pumpkin ale.
T- In terms purely of taste, this may be the best Winter Warmer I've had. A bit of pumpkin, there some cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, and then there is just a nice citrus flow to it. Well balanced. Splendid.
M- Creamy, full bodied, just a touch undercarbed is the only complaint I have.
D- Top to bottom, this may be the Winter Warmer I've had to date. A really splendid beer.

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Photo of DKHNOVA
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of ThomasAWilson2
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of rudabegga9
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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 czfreeman
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MY hometown brewery.
Im normally not a huge fan of the style, one winter malty bomb after another...but
First snow pours a lighter tone than expected. Amber tone, thick head, looks great.
Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, apple cider yeast, sour dough yeast, funky,more tart than most overly-sweet winter warmers.
Tons of sourwood honey, nutmeg, all holiday spices to peel, cloves in there. Really nice, not a sweet malt bomb on the nose.
Flavor..very well spiced. In perspective this is a great holiday beer.Big on pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, orange, malt, honey cider, apple.
A combination of all thst is good in the winter-No bias this is very good even great. Spiced more heavy than some may like n=but really focused on the whole winter spice profile.
Very good, makes me even more homesick!

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Photo of woodjm
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A spiced pale ale thats perfect for the holidays. Light copper color with a medium body. Good amount of head after the pour (about an inch) and slowly thins out. The aroma is huge in this one...full of cinnamon and clove. The flavors that really come out are the nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. At 6% abv this is not advised as a session beer. Very nicely balanced though. A nicely done seasonal overall. Dumbfounded by the past couple ratings. Looking forward to having it more often next winter.

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Photo of glamphetamine
4.26/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Gold with a hint of red and fully translucent. Poured about a finger of head, though I have a feeling I poured this one oddly and that might have killed the head quite a bit.

S - The smell starts out with hops and spice, the spice being largely cinnamon with some nutmeg, and then fades to a sweet fruity malt aroma with a touch of spice in the background. Very pleasant and layered.

T - Very hoppy at first, but the finish balances that out with a mild and sweet maltiness. The cinnamon quality is more subdued here in than in the smell. The beer leaves the aftertaste of nutmeg in the back of the mouth.

M - Finishes nicely with a slight foamy sensation on the edges of the tongue and an enjoyable aftertaste.

D - Really a very good beer, but I wouldn't recommend more than one in a sitting. The flavors tend to pile up in beers like this and they become overpowering if you have another one. But hey, if you see this around pick some up. It's definitely worth a try, and as far as winter brews go it's up there with some of the best.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of csbinva
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

02/06/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Very nice spiced pale ale. If you like Southern Tier Pumpking or McKenzie's Seasonal Reserve cider, you'll probably like this. The spices are not as upfront but it all works out to a very pleasant experience.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice medium golden color that produces a little slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing along the pint glass.

S: Very very spicy! Nutmeg, gingerbread, cinnamon, and a few other spices

T: Spicy again...cinnamon, ginger, gingerbread, nutmeg. A little too carbonated for my taste though, but still delicious.

MD/D: Although the abv is 6%, I still think this would be a good session beer over dinner in the winter or on a cold day. Nice and warming, the alcohol is hidden, yet warms you when the beer warms.

Another solid production from RJ Rockers

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Photo of Enola
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a winter warmer no matter what the listed style is. The beer poured a hazy golden color. There was a nice head. The smell was of spices and reminded me of a cold winter day beside the fire. Ths taste was spiced. Cinnamon was dominate. The mouthfeel was smooth. There was no harshness. This is an easy drinking beer I will be sure to have again sometime.

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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 Beer4Baltimore
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- from the notes
12 ounce bottles.
A - hazy amber full of fine particulates topped with a thin head.
S - lots of malt and spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves.
T - warm spices not overly done and nicely balanced with the malts.
M - could use a little more carbonation to round out the medium body.
D - not a session beer but you could have more than one before the flavor wears you down.

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

Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber pour with a slight red hue. Nose is of clove mostly, with hints of nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon. Almost a light medium body with good carbonation. Nice balanced blend of spice flavor with nutmeg and cinnamon on the forefront, cardamom in the middle and with clove dominating the end. Clean finish with a bitter clove aftertaste. A bit of sweetness would improve the balance and contrast the spice. Still, this one is outstanding.

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Photo of LordofTime25
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got from casemw!

The beer is a clear golden when poured into the glass with a one finger head that lasts most of the drink and leaves a nice lacing!

Smells of cinnamon, clove, citrus, and maybe a caramel tone to the beer.

This beer has a sweetness of I believe caramel malt and a slight bitterness, but not much. Nice though.

Beer has a medium body with a nice semi dry finish!

I could drink many of these!

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark orangish amber with a thin lacing of off white head that has little retention

S - pie spice, bread, nutmeg, cinnamon

T - nutmeg, cinnamon, bread, pie crust, all spice

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent brew. If there was a hint of pumpkin here it would make an excellent beer. There pie spices and crust-like bready notes are pretty damn good. I really liked this beer for it's drinkability and it's spice character. A few of these will definitely warm you up in the late autumn.

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The First Snow Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 198 ratings
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