Winterfest | Free State Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
freestatebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mebuzzard on 11-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
118
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.8%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Ryan_Klink
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

By far my favorite beer from Free State! Wish Free State would have a great year-round IPA as good as Winterfest.

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Photo of skubas86
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Underrated ipa very good don't overlook this one

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intro - Even though this is a local brewery, I haven't thought most of the beers that came out of this brewery were above average. The Winterfest IPA is best beer I have had that has come out of the brewery.

A - Pours an copper color. If head retention and lacing were improved this is would be an amazing brew.

S - This beer is full of aroma. Citrusy / piney hops with floral aroma is enticing.

T - Some nice spiceness and maltiness complements the hops very well. Taste matches the smell. This brew marries the hoppiness of a solid IPA with the maltiness of a Winter warmer.

M - Solid Mouth feel. It is pretty much spot on.

O - Outstanding beer with great balance. Very enjoyable. There are few beers in which I am excited every taste. This is one of them. I am going going to make this one of my house brews for the winter.

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Photo of Jayschool
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of humuloner22
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one reminds me of the same type of malt backbone that Toppling Goliath uses. It has a sweet thickness to it. It has a earthy barnyard thing going on. Not funky but like a feed grain type of malt. Which TG does to an even higher degree.

Color: Darker almost amber in color. Reminds me of an Irish red almost or very similar to Yeungling in color. Head is minimal.

Smell: More malts than anything else. Some floral and fruity hop notes in there but overall pretty mild.

Taste: This is where this beer really shines, its tasty for sure. Nice tropical, floral and earthy notes going on here . It definitely has a caramel backbone to balance out the hop bitterness which is pretty much nonexistent, this is not a hop bomb by any means. Very nicely balanced.

Overall: I received this one as a trade and its a solid brew. I would drink it again. Solid IPA!

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Photo of JeepCop
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of cavitae
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of megamick
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MidwestBA
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aratcliffe
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baxter94
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Galaxy hops FTW

Really bright aroma filled with citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of pine. really nice.

Munich malt provides a nice bready malt compliment to the hop assault.

Really good IPA. One of the better ones I've had from Free State (and I've had most of 'em).

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of jzlyo
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of KShophead
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A cascading bottle show produces a two fingered head atop the clear amber liquid; nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Spruce and pine, buttressed by caramel tones, with strong fruity tones

Taste: The caramel and fruit tones (very English, as in an ESB) jut forward, with the spruce and pine flavors building, through the middle; the combination of the malt and hop flavors here blend nicely, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice IPA with a different twist; works well for the season

Thanks, jmueller216, for the opportunity

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Photo of Nomadorable
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the Sandbar in Lawrence...my go-to bar in town. Recently they put on some nice brews, and this is one of them.

Pours a dark amber/acorn brown with a white, foamy head. Lacing is semi-sticky.

Snappy aroma hops. Pine and floral, with some spice in the back ground. Hint of dark bread in the nose. Sweet in the middle, but hops dominate.

Up front the malt is solid. A bit spicy. The dark bread lingers, but hops bring the punch. Floral and citrus begins the hop flavors. The pine builds upon the malt flavors and is solid throughout. The combination of the citrus from the hops and the spices gives this beer a nice touch. While not a typical IPA, nor a typical winter, this will give Celebration from SN a run for its money. Very nice.

Sucked down 7 of these last night.

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Photo of ratedz
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly burnt orange color with about an inch of eggshell colored head. The retention is fairly impressive and as the head did slowly fade, it left behind a lot of lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus fruits, most notably grapefruit and lemon. Some piney bitterness lingers along with a little malty sweetness. Excellent overall, the smell begs you to take a sip.

T - Follows the nose with citrus flavors blending with pine needles. The sweet malts are a little more present here than they were in the nose, but the hops are the main attraction.

M - Medium body with light to average carbonation. Fairly consistent with what I would expect for the style.

O - Overall, a solid offering from Free State and my favorite of their bottled beers so far. I hope they keep this as their winter seasonal and certainly wouldn't complain if it became a year round release.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Garnet colored body with a smallish head; clear; leaves little lacing

S: Smell is a big plus on this beer! Juicy, fruity, bubble-gummy. It has a big hop aroma. And I believe those Galaxy hops are contributing a nice scent that I’m not accustomed to, but I like a lot.

T: Sharp piney bitterness starts off the flavor (from the Columbus and Crystal hops) and then it gives way to citrussy, fruity hops (Centennial and Galaxy). There is just enough malt here, but it’s only playing a supporting role. Finish is really sharp and dry--almost astringent.

O: Easily the best beer Free State has bottled. And a nice IPA in general. If this becomes their annual winter release, I will look forward to it each year.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date third week of March 2017.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, dark copper color with less than one-finger tan head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, lighter carbonation, significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, caramel and tropical fruit.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, bread and tropical fruit and an earthy hop finish.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good IPA, it's more balanced than most, I enjoyed this and would buy again no problem, would recommend to anyone who enjoys IPA.

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Winterfest from Free State Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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