The First Snow Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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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 wcudwight
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Terry's
Murky, dirty-looking pale yellow with a touch of orange mixed in. Very thin head, but it last as long as Strom Thurmand's term as a senator.
The spiciness attacks your olefactory senses with a vengence. Cinnamon, nutmeg and maybe some cloves. Aroma reminds me of some winter warmers I've had.
There is a nice lemon and orange zest in the flavor mixed in with a large does of spiciness. Again cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Light to medium bodied.
Over all it's flavorful and drinkable. I deducted a half a point in the drinkability because of the spiciness. After a couple I would want to move on to something else.

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Photo of Enola
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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 jabocu
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This comes a light pale yellow-goldish color with a thin cap off tap. Sparkles a little, and the cap dissipates to some lacings. Smell is very spicy right off. You can smell cloves, cardamom, and some hops. Smells very clean and refreshing. The taste is initially sweet, then the spices smack your tongue around like a speed bag, and the hops follow to lock it all in. I had a Belgian buddy have a pint with me, and this was WAY above the level of taste he was used to. Mouth feel was medium with a little carbonation. It's spiciness really leaves you wondering what just happened, but hops brings it all together nicely. This is definitely a winter beer full of flavor and warmth. I hope they bring this back next year.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

RJ Rockers brews this each year. Although the name implies the first snow, the first snow in SC is once a year.

Sampled this brew at Terry's in Spartanburg. Nice pale color with an unsubstantial head that dissipates rather quickly.

Nice hoppiness. Great balance with the malt. Very nice hop aroma. Smells cascadish. Fruity. Great aroma.

Fairly bitter. Well balanced. Very good body. A nice beer and a perfect accompaniment for the First Snow in SC (which may be three years from now).

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The First Snow Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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