Winter Warmer Ale | No-Li Brewhouse

Winter Warmer AleWinter Warmer Ale
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Winter Warmer AleWinter Warmer Ale

Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by woemad on 01-24-2006

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Donoman
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of smithne
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of cjoordt
4.75/5  rDev +27%

So incredible. That is all I have to say. There is nothing I would rather come home to on a snowy winter day than this beer.

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Photo of leedorham
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of jimpdx
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice spicy, piney big red ale

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Photo of markgugs
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass, thanks to my friend David from Spokane (consumed 2/9/08)

A: Pours a cloudy brown with amber edges, with a minor 1/2-finger tall bubbly white head. Some minor lacing appears, but doesn't stick around too long.

S: Aromas are predominantly roasted malts with some minor spicing to complement it, I do wish a more pronounced hop boutique would make itself known.

T/M: Why? Because this beer is seriously hoppy! Right off the bat, the hops bite your tongue, it's a bruiser! And it's well-crafted too, as a sweetly roasted body balances things out, before the hop bitterness batters the palate again. Some notes of orange & nutmeg spicing are present too, but nowhere near overpowering. Great silky mouthfeel spreads these great flavors throughout as well.

D: This beer was superb, provided your tongue can handle the bruising hops, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of DKRowden
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-ass 22oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Poured a cloudy brown color that took on a reddish hue when held up to light. Two-inch light tan head that stuck aroound for a while, then receded to a foam collar. Horizontal and vertical streaks of lace left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is rather interesting. There's a sweet caramel maltiness accompanied by a spicy, peppery, piney hoppiness. Many a moon have passed since a NL beer has smell this interesting and this...good.

Mmm. This tastes good! The sweet maltiness is more complex in the taste than in the nose. In addition to caramel, I'm getting a bit of that sweet candy sugar taste that one normally finds in Belgian ales, but it's very restrained. The second half of the taste is given over to the hops, which close the proceedings with a satisfying dryness that contrasts nicely with the beginning sweetness.

This is a medium bodied ale. One can feel the malty/hoppy contrast in the mouthfeel.

This is a tasty beer. I have a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with Northern Lights. Many of their beers seem uninspired, the brewpub seems to go out of their way to hire dreadful servers, and the food prices are inflated. But if this beer is a sign of how things are there these days, I may have to buy a few of their other beers and see if I can re-connect with them.

There's also a dry hopped version available on-tap at their brewpub.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

perhaps my favorite winter warmer of the year so far. and ive had some darn good ones. this beer pours clear red to amber in color, with two inches of fluffy khaki head that lasts. the nose features a lot of red malt, but also a small yet versatile spice profile, a int of vanilla, and a curious yeast strain. the vanilla and red malt interact beasutifully in the flavor, with the spice being almost not there at all. the alcohol is also well disguised, and its sort of sweet, without being sweet, like the flavor of brown sugar without the feel. very well dont, flowing, complex beer. super drinkable too, with a medium body and that peculiar lightness that ive now come to associate with all no-li beers. not sure how to explain it really, because the carbonation is nothing remarkable, it just seems to work. probably my favorite beer to date from these guys.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%

22 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Cloudy brown-amber body with a weak head.
Aroma: toffee; dark bread; bisquits; plums; mixed spices.
Flavor: complex and dynamic, with a sweet start and a moderate load of hops kicking in mid-taste, adding mild bitterness and nice herbal and floral notes.
O: distinct, interesting and recommended.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, it's a new arrival at my local beer store so I assume it's pretty fresh. It's the new red screen printed label so I think it's a 2013 bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with an inch off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops, nuts, toffee, and some bready malt. It tastes like citrusy and spicy hops, toffee, nuts, bready malt, and some light fruit and vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy, and has a good amount of carbonation. It's certainly not a traditional winter warmer, but I think it's a good beer. It was certainly a nice surprise compared to the usual heavily spiced winter warmers out there. This is the first No-Li beer I've had, so I'll have to try more of their brews now. $7.99 a bomber.

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Photo of jtd335
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of LouZ
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Zach122
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of alva
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought for $5.49 at Mercer QFC in Lower Queen Anne, Seattle on Jan 15, 2009.

I've never seen a beer from Spokane in Seattle before. I wasn't expecting much, but this beer pleasantly surprised me.

The pour was really murky and there is a significant flock of yeast left in what remains in the bottle. Yeast in the bottle isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it seems excessive in this case.

Luckily, the aroma of this beer is quite good. A butterscotch maltiness was immediately noticeable and complemented perfectly with floral and spicy hop notes.

The malty flavor and body do not disappoint. It's quite bitter and there's a hearty and delicious maltiness. The very present ethanol provides just the right degree of "warmer".

Overall, this is a good beer. I will probably buy it again and will be on the lookout for other products from Northern Lights.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into an impy nonic a clear brilliant ruby with a half finger slightly off white lacey head atop.Aromas of brown sugar,vanilla,and light nuttiness,not much hop presence.Flavors ar of that brown sugar and nut along with caramel toffee,a good smack of spiciness from the hops in the finish.My first winter seasonal of the year and yet again Iam left pretty impressed with No-Li.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, apparently part of No-Li's Expo Series.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some chunky iceberg profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, soft dark orchard fruit, a low-key orange and white grapefruit citrus bitterness, faint earthy spices, and a tame, lurking estery alcohol warmth. The taste is somewhat sugary toffee, softly grainy caramel malt, concentrated drupe fruit, a bit of seasonal spice - maybe some cinnamon, perhaps some nutmeg - fading weedy, piney, and citrusy hops, and ascending cold, steely booze.

The carbonation is adequate for the job at hand, what with its lifting frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and more or less smooth, the malt taking on all comers, and even engendering a mote of creaminess as it warms. It finishes well off-dry, toffee this, caramel that, dark fruitiness over there, you get the picture, because the hops and alcohol kinda don't.

I suppose I shouldn't be so hard on this one, as one of the tenets of the style is a husky maltiness. Maybe it's my expectation of a PAC-NW brewer to hop the hell out of everything, but I know that to just be a (well-earned) stereotype. So, in the end, a tasty, engaging, and uber alles, warming (if edging on hot) winter brew.

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Photo of JohnParadee
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice beer to quaff. Minimal head, more than ample carbonation, not a great deal of lacing. Smells like you would expect an ale to smell. A little woodsy, even. Strong hop presence, firm bite at first taste. Good afterburn. I liked this ale well enough, but there was nothing terribly interesting or exciting about it. Just a good, solid ale with a pleasing taste.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a dandy beer - not really "as advertised", but dandy nonetheless. It pours beautifully - frothy head, clear amber, lovely lacing as it disappears. To me, the flavour and smell scream "pale ale that got put into a winter warmer bottle by accident". There is plenty here to make me like it - bready malt, orange-pamplemousse hop bite, kinda like...a pale ale. I don't pick up much seasonal spice, though the warming ABV makes me happy in a Christmas kind of way?

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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