Winterfest | Free State Brewing Co.

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117 Ratings
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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:
117
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.8%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 29
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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Photo of irongator
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of Groenebeor
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jw4free
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: clear dark Amber. Good fluffy head, good retention. S: pine and spruce. Malts present as it warms. T: pine and tangerine. F: good crispness. Nice mouthfeel flavor retention. O: a good IPA not overwhelmed by hops.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good, but I am learning my knowledge of beers and what to look for need to improve. I can tell that hoppy beers are not my favorite, but for those of you who like these types of beers, my guess is you will like this one. Strong hoppy flavor and a nice beer to enjoy when it is cold outside and the game is on inside.

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Photo of SweetChicken
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CotterEU
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Better at the brewery obviously. A bit abrasive in the finish. Bummer

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Photo of teromous
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notches in the label indicate that the beer is best by 2 week 4 (the end of February).

Appearance: The beer is slightly hazy and dark orange-brown in appearance. The head is short and eggshell white. The collar of the beer describes this as "deep-golden" but I would say it is much darker, like a dark bronze.

Aroma: It has a faint but nice tangerine aroma.

Taste: It has a good citrus flavor that is followed by grains. This ends with a bitter touch that layers over itself as the drinking experience continues. A pine-like flavor follows the bitterness and starts to take the place of both citrus and grain the more I drink the beer.

Mouthfeel: Good off-dry mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Overall: It's a good IPA but the overall flavor is a bit weak and the same could be said for the aroma. It's middle of the road on bitterness. As most average beers go I wouldn't swing either way with this beer in the recommendation department. I might drink it again or I might not but it isn't memorable.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stlfatguy
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of ALC82
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 Lucoli
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Ironstutz
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 KateK
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derrill
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Winterfest from Free State Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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