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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1/5  rDev -74%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of siege06nd (thanks John!). It pours a medium copper color with an off-white foam that leaves wispy clumps of dry lace. it smells well balanced, with a good deal of caramel malt offsetting the resiny hops.

It tastes just as balanced as it smells, sweet up front with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad at all but sort of middle of the pack among all the IPA choices in the world. I do like the choice of an IPA for a winter beer, much better than spiced Christmas ales.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by first week of May 2013.

A: Hazy iced tea in color with a foamy, tan head. Fair amount of particulate in suspension.

S: Grapefruit, piney hops, malt, brown sugar.

T: Malt, brown sugar, buttery diacetyl, citrus hops, grapefruit.

M: A bit chunky, decent hops finish, a tad bitter for a single IPA.

O: Not bad, seems like it would be a better choice on tap and fresh at a KC area establishment.

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

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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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3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a clean deep amber with a finger of creme colored head leaving behind nice lacing. smells of green peas, slight oxidation, grassy hops. weird, this smells like it's an old ipa, but it's a current seasonal.. hmm. the taste is of a fresh pale ale. hints of honey, tea like herbal flavor, grassy hops. a nice sweet malt profile. medium body with a stick feeling left behind. moderate carbonation.

a decent ipa.. nothing out of the ordinary, but not bad.

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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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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of siege06nd
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a SA Perfect Pint:

A: Pours a truly beautiful dark copper color. A crisp, ever so off-white head provides a pleasing contrast with this relatively dark IPA. Two finger head slowly recedes to a quarter finger, but what is left retains very well. Very good lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. This is one of the better looking IPAs I've had.

S: Not getting a whole lot on the nose. Some sweet malts, a bit of grain, and a relatively faint citrus hop presence. Lemon becomes more apparent on the very back end. Malt forward and the hops are pretty held back for an IPA. Ho hum.

T: Lots of creamy malts, some lemon citrus hops, and assertive pine resin bitterness. The finish is just a bit medicinal, something odd with the hops/malt interplay. Pretty solid, though. Enjoying the more robust maltiness on this.

M: Good. Moderately carbonated and relatively savory for an IPA, I suppose that's why they release it as their winter seasonal.

O: I'm digging Free State's take on a heartier IPA. They didn't quite nail the finish on this one, which is bittersweet (literally) and a touch medicinal. That doesn't mean they didn't craft a solid IPA here, however. It is relatively full-bodied and enough to keep you warm on a cool winter evening. I would have liked a more assertive bouquet, however. It's not going to blow you away, but it is a solid local in a style that is overdone and often done poorly. I recommend it.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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