Red Nose Winter Ale
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

Red Nose Winter AleRed Nose Winter Ale
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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #238
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,795
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 13.09%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
191
From:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  2
Gots
  33
SCORE
82
Good
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Photo of detgfrsh
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle. Deep reddish brown color, head dissipates immediately. Smells of malt and spices. Light feel. Strong malt base with some sweetness and spices. Good for the style. Better with food than alone.

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Photo of pjohnsonglu
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass, at slightly-warmer-than-preferred temp. Deep amber pour, with fine sediment, and light beige head. Head reduces to nothing after a few minutes. Molassas heavy, with slight orange rind and raspberry off the nose. More pronounced orange in the taste, resolves with nice tart bitterness and ginger snap. Mouthful brings out more cinnamon, but it’s underwhelming.

Overall, not a bad winter sipper.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm trying this at my Bestie's house in Charlotte.....obviously been in there a while. The beer poured a clear mahogany with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of wintry spice. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, deep red-hued body with a very small, beige head.

Smell: Tangy-scented, almost berry-ish nose. Deep toast. Spicy touches of ginger, dried orange and cinnamon stand out. Smells alright, smell okay.

Taste: Sweetish, bready and toasty malt tastes with a touch of grain and sweet iced tea. Satisfactory spice blend, but it's underneath a somewhat uninteresting, unappealing layer of maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: The beer looks nice enough. All downhill from there, unfortunately.

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Photo of dtreindl
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Medium brown pour with little head. Not much of a nose but a hint of winter spice (clove, cinnamon, etc.), which really shows itself in the flavor with a strong malty backbone. Though I wouldn't say the spice character is overwhelming, as it can be in some winter ales. Same can be said of the sweetness which can be cloying in comparable attempts at a moderately strong winter beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light brown pour with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly. Light malty aroma. Sweet taste that has flavors of caramel, bread, toasted malt and a touch of winter spices. Light bodied. A slight hop flavor comes out as the beer warms and the spices become a bit brighter. Moderately carbonated.

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Photo of bonterra69
2.14/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 is bottle poured into a pint glass. Overall this was somewhat bland and disappointing. Appearance is very red and almost weak looking.
Heavy carbonation and fizzy in the mouth. Almost non-existent head. Aroma fairly flat bit a hint of orange. Tastes of Spices but non-descript. A bit sweet.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear dark copper brown (SRM 18-19) with random carbonation throughout. A fizzy head is slightly off white and quickly dissipating, leaving no lacing on the Anderson Valley Can Glass.

The aroma is overdone with candied ginger, while faint orange marmalade lingers in a muddy profile.

Balanced slightly to the sweet side. Ginger and cinnamon stand out in a caramel backdrop. Warmth brings out slight plum flavors and a suggestion of nutmeg that builds into the finish. The finish is otherwise dominated by ginger, quite similar to ginger ale.

A medium body with exuberant carbonation and a satin texture. The alcohol is as expected, thought a bit astringent. Oddly, this all seems to work with the ginger.

This is a fine standard winter warmer, but nothing special. Perhaps it can be called a "snow-blower beer".

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Natty Greene's Red Nose Winter Ale is better than I expected. First taste was Christmas Tree, but in a good way. Loved the favors, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger; reminding me of Moravian Christmas cookies. Good head on the pour, from a 12oz bottle, but disappeared quickly, as did the beer. Must have been thirsty. If you're looking for a Winter/Christmas Ale, got to try this one.

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Photo of Renzan0
4/5  rDev +11.4%

My first winter warmer of the season. Had it out of a small snifter during a beer dinner at Mellow Mushroom in Fayetteville, NC.
My favorite beer style. I remember this beer being good, but not being overly impressive. Trying it tonight,
The Aroma is very faint in the winters spices. Nothing over the top.
Taste is very bold compared to the aroma. Decent amount of spices, definitely nutmeg, without being overpowering.
Mouthfeel is very light, but not watery by any means.
Overall, might not be comparable to some of the powerhouse Winter Warmers that we all crave at the end of every year, but this one is definitely worth checking out. Don't miss out.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a reddish brown color with a fingers worth of head that settled to a ring with little to no lacing.

S: I'm getting lots of spices... Cinnamon, caramel, sweet malt and ginger seems to be the strongest things I'm getting... Smells a little like a pumpkin ale.

T: OK, it starts off sweet with caramel up front then all spices all kick in... lots of cinnamon and ginger... There is a herbal bitterness at the end that balances out the brew.

M: Medium bodied, it is smooth yet crisp with a fairly high carbonation.

O: Very nice... Little more Fall like than Winter warmer... But overall a very good beer from Natty.

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Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly good Winter Warmer. Pours a fairly dense murky brown color with light coming through at the bottom of the glass. A real hard pour produces a medium size light tan head with less than aerage retention.

Aroma is holiday spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, not too over-the-top.

Tastes good. A lot of winter warmers pile on the potpouree on top of a weak, watery beer. Red Nose is based on a robust malty beer. Bready malt, brown sugar and molassas. The spices enhance rather than overwhelm the beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and slightly sweet. Spices are very welcome on the tongue.

A nice winter warmer. Just the right level of spices on a rich beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, almost brown, pour with little head and no lacing. Nose is quite faint but of dark malt and alcohol. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Somewhat smooth mouthfeel. The taste is pleasant and so well balanced that it is hard to identify the individual components. It consists of a light spiciness over an equally light dark malt sweetness. The finish is smooth. A good choice to introduce someone to craft brewing - a very good beer that doesn't over accentuate any aspect of craft beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is very appropriate as it has a cheery red hue that is perfect for Christmas. The head was fizzy and loosely knit but it laced well and stood strong.

There seems to be little in the scent but a sweet malt body such as a cherry wood.

The flavor is outstanding with huge winter spices and dried fruits. The cinnamon and nutmeg are at the forefront with some ginger and peppercorn. The prune, date and raisin are softer and back up the malty side of this ale.

The feel is smooth but it does have some sparkle as it drinks like a Christmas cocktail.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is mahogany and murky with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers a heavy dose of malt, caramel, brown sugar, light spice. Molasses and holiday spice. A tad sweet. Light to medium in body with pretty low carbonation. This one is ok and enjoyable on a cold rainy day.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter. (revisited 12/2014 - 12 oz bottle)

Appearance: Lovely dark ruby red color but with a small head that died soon and didn't leave much lacing

Smell: Dominated by caramel and darker malts. but with some orange peel, coriander and faint cinnamon.

Taste: Solid malty body over which there is a carefully proportioned interplay of coriander, cinnamon, ginger and other spices. Manages to get some complexity from what I assume is a mix of several malts. Some bittering hops kick in the spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation

O: A good winter warmer, with ample but nearly overdone spicing to fit winter holidays. Nearly 7% ABV is not hidden but fits in with the character of this ale.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark caramel amber with a soft, off white head that has good retention

S - faint cinnamon and caramel

T - caramel, cinnamon, ginger, dark malts

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is to me is just another run of the mill winter warmer. It's dominated by caramel malt and ginger with a very faint spice character. This will be a pass for me in the future.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky particle laden copper with sticky lacing on the edges.

S: Aroma of dark fruit, some light spices and caramel

T: Flavors of a nice light cherry soda , light caramel malt and hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa are very faint. I really liked this a lot the first time I had it and saved one to review at a later date about three months back and I think it has held up pretty well, just a little less fresh at this point. Rating at the higher end to adjust for the time I have had it and comparable to what I had thought the first time I had it.

M: Medium body with a mid to high level of carbonation that is good for the style.

O: Overall, at the abv, this is very drinkable and I thought sessionable although some would argue on that point. For me, I could have two or three of these and call it a night with no complaints.

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Photo of KajII
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown fizzy head that rapidly receded, down to a very thin fizzy film and small collar with poor lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt, light citrus hops and a musty yeast with notes of caramel, a light chocolate presence, coriander, ginger, citrus (orange peel) and a hint of cinnamon.

The taste was malty sweet and a tad acidic with a hint of caramel and a very light touch of chocolate at first, and then became a bit yeasty and slightly bitter sweet with a nice spicy citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a lightly spicy citrus taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a watery, dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.

Overall this was a brew with a lot of flavor and a bold carbonation. What I really liked was the well rounded spicy ending which allowed the cinnamon to shine right at the finish, making this a smooth and tasty Winter Warmer with a really good drinkability...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber, big near white head, lots of foamy white cling lace.

S - Fruity, spicy, malty. Some menthol and anise present.

T - Very similar to taste, without much difference.

M - Medium body, balances to the spice aspect, very carbonated.

D - Nice winter warmer. I am glad to try it.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a rich red color with a frothy khaki head that left minimal lace

S- Very big rich caramel, toffee, and biscuit malt

T- Big rich caramel, toffee, biscuit, and herbal hop notes. Some nice cinnamon and ginger notes. Very bready and rich malt forward flavor.

M- Medium body,smooth, medium carbonation, and semi dry finish

O- A very nice malt forward ale with nice spice notes

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy mahogany in color with some ruby red highlights and light amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruit malt sweetness with some moderate amounts of spice aromas - cinnamon, ginger, and light amounts of nutmeg.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark fruit malt sweetness with just a touch of roasted malts. There is a solid spice component to the flavor of this beer with cinnamon and ginger featuring and a lighter amount of nutmeg - there is also a very light note of brown sugar and cocoa.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light notes of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable beer and a nice example of a winter warmer - though there is a little too much spicing for this to be sessionable or a regularly drinker for me.

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a 12 oz bottle that was poured into a snifter.

It pours very dark with good clarity and is a little opaque. Small head and very little lacing. It smells a little bitter and then has a little spice. It tasteslikeawinterwarmer should biting could have a little more vanilla and cinnamon than what this brought. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is medium at best.

If you like this style of beer I would suggest you try white Christmas from Boston. It is one of my favorite.

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Photo of Luigi
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours put a rich brown/garnet color with a two finger light tan head that settles to a blanket over the ale. Has a little bit of sticky lacing around the glass as the head retains for the life of the beer.

The aroma is sweet with spices and roasted malt. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar. No noticeable hop bitterness.

Soft ginger bread is what come to mind at first taste. Sweet spices and roasted malt dominate the flavor. Finishes dry with some lingering spice.

Slick on the palate and medium bodied.

Overall, this winter warmer is basically an amber ale with all the holiday spices. And, I must say that the brewery has done a great job.

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Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Greensboro brewpub this has a blackish mahogany color with a fair light tan head and decent lacing. The aroma brings a mild but nice nutty malt with just a touch of spruce. Good but not very heavy. The flavor introduces a smooth chocolate malt smartly blended with the sprucey hop. There's a little bit of a lemon edge that creeps into a sort of tart grass which eventually reveals ginger. Once you get that, it becomes more dominant and levels off to a roasted malt and nutmeg ginger medley with a bit of charcoal at times. Very nice and relatively subtle as holiday brews go. Body is medium at best with moderate carbonation and pretty easy, slightly aqueous feel. I liked it.

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Red Nose Winter Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 191 ratings