E'vil Hoppy Winter Ale
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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English Strong Ale
Ranked #65
Ranked #32,419
3.67 | pDev: 7.9%
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 14
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3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice copper color with a one finger of brownish tinted white head. The head has a decent level of retention slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a hoppy smell with a rather strong grapefruit hop mixed with some earthy and grassy smells. Along with these smells were some sweeter aromas of caramel and a little bit of a lighter fruit smell of an apple nature. A toasted malt smell combined with the aforementioned producing a rather nice aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with mainly bready and very lightly toasted malt flavor. Some hop flavors of a more earthy flavor are present upfront with them growing slightly stronger as the flavor advances to the end. Along with the lighter earthy flavors, are some sweeter caramel flavors and a very light spice flavor. The caramel fades as the taste moves onto the end as some other hop flavors join the taste profile. Some lighter grassy and grapefruit flavors come to the tongue toward the middle to the end of the taste, and when combined with a slight increase in the roast, the strengthening of the earthy hop and the lessening of the sweet, one is left with a moderately hoppy, but not overly hoppy, lightly toasted malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a brew of 7 % abv. with a carbonation level that is average to slightly below average. Both are a rather nice for the mix of hop and roasted flavors of the brew, and make for a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – A rather nice take. It is like a mix of a lightly spiced winter ale and an IPA. Not overly spicy, roasty, or hoppy, but having the qualities of all three and still maintaining an easy drinking feel and taste. While nothing super outstanding, it was rather tasty and is worth a try if you get a chance.

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3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle consumed on 12/19/13. No freshness date, but, as a seasonal, it should be fresh.

A- Uniformly foamy light khaki head of impressive stature and retention. Several lackadaisical streams of medium sized carbonation make their way to the top to back up the head. The attractive, dark amber body is as clear as brown stained glass.

S- Nutty sweetness, herbal and citric hops, with just a hint of pine in the nose. Subtle, but comforting in an English pub sort of way.

T- The taste is much more intense then the bouquet, and, as such, was quite a surprise. The British ale vibe I was getting was mostly washed away in a bitter torrent of hops, even though English and German noble hops were used in the recipe. The hops completely dominate the palate from start to finish. Quite bitter all the way through. The hop flavor is almost grassy, but mostly intensely herbal/spicy flavor that finishes with a strong grapefruit pith and another hint of appropriate pine sap. The malt backbone is weak, and hardly perceivable on the palate.

M- Much thinner bodied and more watery than I was expecting. However, it is crisp and finishes very dry, and the thin body grew on me a bit. It makes for a not too filling sessionable ale. There is a boozy, fruitcake note that comes out in the retro-olfaction that I have mixed feelings about.

O- Interesting take on a winter seasonal. Far from a complete miss, but it doesn't all come together for me. I was hoping to like this NY beer, but there are some balance issues. Furthermore, there are some off diacetyl flavors to go with a slightly too harsh hop flavor on the palate, and a bit of an undesirable solvent, boozy flavor in the finish. Some negative astringency too. Even with all of its flaws, it is still not a bad beer; but, with so many seasonal options, it is not a beer I'll be purchasing again.

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E'vil Hoppy Winter Ale from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 14 ratings