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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
nattygreenes.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
184
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
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1
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32
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0
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cylinsier
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tap at the pub.

Pours a reddish brown color with a white lacing.

Nose is a bit of orange peel and some pumpkin pie spice.

Taste is a myriad of spices, cinnamon, ginger, other pumpkin pie flavors, over caramel malts.

Medium to fuller body with a soft carbonation.

My favorite winter warmer to date. For a style I normally don't care for, this is a definite return trip for me. The spices really work well.

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Photo of farrago
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Close to two fingers of deep tan foam, dense with good retention and some dimpling, mainly smaller bubbles, while not a lot of stickiness to the lacing it does take a good while to slide down the glass side in a solid sheet. Very deep reddish brown clay in color, some yellowing around the rims, mostly opaque, a few beads of tiny, widely spread bubbles visible. Nose highly spiced, full of cinnamon, clove, anise, juniper as well as mocha, milk chocolate, toffee, strong mixed citrus presence, some cherry, plum, apricot fruit, overall dry in texture, almost dusty. Full-bodied, again spicy with that juniper, coriander and licorice it almost seems like gin at first, then you got a healthy dose of chocolate, cola, clove, nutmeg, caramel and toffee which both sweetens and normalizes it. Lots of carbonation with a fine prickle rather than creaminess. Strong orange citrus infusion. Moderate peach, red cherry, pear, apple fruit. Comes close to trying to do too much but manages to get it all cohering in the end. Fun and can appeal to a variety of personal tastes.

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4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic seasonal from this Greensboro NC brewpub.

Very dark, pretty much opague. Small bone-colored head. No lacing.

The smell & taste are fantastic! So much going on... Clove, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and more. This reminds me a lot of a pumpkin homebrew a friend made, except without the pumpkin flavors. The best way to describe the flavor would be: liquid gingerbread. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, and somewhat low on carbonation.

If this is truly a winter warmer then it is the best W.W. I have ever had. But really it seems to me like a heavily spiced pumpkin beer (minus the pumpkin). I'm used to winter warmers being almost like an IPA - heavily hopped. This is pretty low on the hops, and high on the spices. Delicious.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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 wcudwight
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice beige head with good retention. Smells of Cinnamon, ginger and other holiday spices. Taste of chocolate covered cherries, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. All while maintaining that it's a solid beer and not going too overboard with the spices. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Excellent Winter Warmer. I prefer it over Cold Mountain this year.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of LannahC
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown color, like a molasses infused gingerbread, with a fluffy little head that didn't leave too much lacing

Smell: Somewhat understated, but full of holiday spices such as ginger, cinnamon and perhaps some dark fruit

Taste: Nice malty body against which the cinnamon and ginger spices provide the spice balance; they call it "gingerbread in a glass" but I think it also has some elements of fruitcake as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate degree of carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better winter warmers I have tasted, this beer is another winner for Natty Greene's

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NClifestyle
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a return to last years winter warmer for natty's, this year given the name red nose.
pours up a dark amber/ruby red color, with a thin head of white foam, somewhat small bubbles. not exactly clear in appearance.
smell is malt, gingerbread and sweetness. not a strong flavor, but pleasing.
taste is right on for what i want with a winter warmer: malty, spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg present, and very little hops.
medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, but ample carbonation.
this beer had great drinkability. i wanted more and more of it. i'll be sad when it's gone.

cheers...

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see another newbie from Natty's.pours a deep amber with a nice creamy-like head that stuck around for quite awhile,big ginger aromas with some noticable cinnamon and nutmeg in there as well, love the smell of the holidays.Like the board says like gingerbread in a glass,heavy doses of ginger with a large dose of cinnamon thrown in I pick up hint of nutmeg and spiced cherry as well,alot of things going on here.Not a "christmas pudding"
heavy holiday ale here a quaffible spiced brew with nice flavors a winner in my book.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler filled less than 3 hours ago, fresh from the source. So no surprise to get a huge frothy head, heavily cratered and looking like enlarged crispy rice. Two-fingers thick, and stays a long while before flattening out. Tons of lace in various shapes. Color is a deep caramel/mahogany.

Aroma isn't too far away from a pumpkin ale, have similar spicing and a creamy sweetness.

The spices and various flavors brighten further in the flavor. Hibiscus, rose water, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla. Overall flower and dessert-y; tons of balance, never cloying. Just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish, but your basic beer ingredients generally act as backing band to the flowery/spicy star in the spotlight.

Almost a cask-like velvet smoothness, super-creamy, firm...just magnificent. I'll call the mouthfeel perfect, or certainly perfect enough. I'm doubting the feel of the bottled counterpart is nearly this wonderful.

Focus on spices makes this only an occasional choice for me, but to its credit the spicing is controlled, earthy/natural, and never overbearing. Nice job, N.G's!

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Photo of jamiemottram
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Red Nose Winter Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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