Winterfest | Free State Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 11-08-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
112
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
28.2%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of JeepCop
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't do many reviews, but this local offering from Free State Brewery has inspired me.

I've had this both on tap and in their newly released seasonal bottling. I was reluctant to try the bottled version as I was fearing it would suffer the same fate as the growler version of their Josiah Miller.

Served in a Free State pint glass, this beer pours a somewhat darkish amber color. The pour leaves a very nice dense head that gives way to plenty of lacing. The smell screams tropical fruits and hops, with just maybe a hint of spice. I am very excited to see how this plays out. The taste is exactly what I was looking for. Tropical fruit right off the bat with plenty of hops and just a touch of spice on the back end. Carbonation is just as it needs to be and the finish is just a tad bitter, which I prefer. Mouthfeel is quite good and not too much nor too little.

Overall, this is an excellent offering by Free State. Quite frankly, this is my favorite bottled beer Free State offers. I wish it wasn't a seasonal, as I would like to have access to this on a year round basis. Nicely done Free State! I will be purchasing this as long as I can.

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy amber, with a thick head of off-white suds and a wispy, insubstantial amount of lace.

Aroma: Citrus hops — grapefruit, orange, some tropical mango and pineapple. Nice!

Taste: Not bad, but the hops here are a bit muted, likely due to age or being kept improperly (this bottle was a gift so I can’t verify it’s handling or storage). Malts come in prominently here, and this one finishes just kinda average.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of the 1st week of March 2013

Pours copper with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Floral, grassy & piney hops, plus grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit peels, some bready & piney notes up front. More grapefruit & pine & as this warms, some pear notes as well. Finishes piney wth a touch of grassyness, grapefruit & grapefruit peel

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, nice balance

A fairly refreshing IPA , was hoping for a litte more heft for a winter IPA

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of maleman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with best by dating into a pint glass.

A - dark, but transparent golden amber. clear, white two-finger head with nice, thick lacing.

S - biscuits and grass! ripe fruit.

T - bread and hops with a touch of alcohol in the finish, maybe a tad too much.

M - a bit less than medium-bodied. Aftertaste lingered.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of stlfatguy
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice amber color was slightly hazy on this one with a very thin head. The head remained throughout, however, and it had nice lacing. The smell was neutral and light, without anything overpowering coming through. Some definite hop flavor with a sharp feel at first, and some aftertaste. Several drinks in, the taste mellowed considerably.

Really liked the look of this one. Not too strong for an IPA. I would drink it again.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Winterfest from Free State Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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