The First Snow Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

The First Snow AleThe First Snow Ale
198 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of patre_tim
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper cloudy with lots of carbonation, a huge gusher that forms a 10 finger light yellow beige head.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, some lemon zest, tart lemon. Very much like a seasonal October through Christmas pumpkin pie and festive mix beer.

T: Tart lemon juice and lemon rind, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. A sort of yeasty plastic like taste I often get if hefe weizens.

M: Medium light acidic feel with medium fermented fruit like carbonation.

O: Got this one at World Market in Asheville, NC, drank in Pensacola, FL July 25th, 2014. Quite well done, its gusher and lemony taste are distinctive for the style. Definite spices on this one.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I feel guilty for having amassed as much beer as I have in the last year or so, but I am now determined to get caught up. I do not mind drinking "seasonal" beers out of season, however, as I am not always a fan of some seasonals, especially Hefeweizens.

From the bottle: "This hearty American Pale Ale contians 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."; "Malt beverage brewed with honey and spices"; "Seasonal Beer"; "Frothy (the Snowman)"; Drink smart"; "Handcrafted every [as rebus clues:] bottle[,] drop[,] time[.]; "Know Your Beer [-] Ale brewed with honey & spices"; "As the chill of winter breezes in, this face-warming brew is sure to lift your spirits. Infused with honey and a flurry of spices, it's the perfect libation for a day of hibernation. Say hello to our frothy friend and settle in. It's time to toast the snow, man."

As soon as I popped the cap, I began to get foam coming up through the neck. This precipitated the pour, but negated anything more than gentility. I was getting loads of foam as the result and it quickly became obvious that this one was going to be time-consuming. Pour, wait. Pour, wait. No problem, since the French Vanilla-colored head looked like the top of an ice cream cone, plus I can always open something else in the interim. The density and retention of the head was almost worth the price of admission in and of itself. The nose was quite strong, especially of cinnamon, but also perhaps nutmeg and the honey lent a dull, not cloying, sweetness. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9). The lacing that began to form in the interim was beautifully sticky. The taste was a bit sharp for my liking, as if they might have used too heavy a hand in the addition of the spices. Cinnamon was quite evident, to the point of being overwhelming. Finish was dry, very spicy and really more than I would want at any time of year.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Bernoulli
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a beer... or a cider (amber). Minuscule head. Smells like a cider without the apple.

Tastes like a winter beer (a hint of the pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg and all spice, nothing like a fall or a pumpkin, and they dominate any cinnamon flavor that might be there... that we didn't really taste). Spice up front and then the ale-i-ness following it up. Not overpowering... and even better as the glass goes on.

Very full mouth feel... maltiness and spice.

Some winter beers you have one and then it's off to sleep... this one, you'd happily have a second.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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