Brrr Seasonal AleJanuary 1, 2009 Portland, OR
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.
This seasonal beer was inspired by German beers that reflect the unique attributes of each season.
Color: deep red
Original gravity: 1068
Reddish amber color. Full citrus aroma, with dried spice, roasted malt and gentle honey. The citrus is less aggressive on the palate, tamed by a satisfyingly rich maltiness that coats the palate, along with caramel, toasted biscuit and a balancing dry finish. The smooth, dry finish keeps the beer very drinkable.
- John Hansell
Maybe it’s the name, or perhaps the rich coppery color of this ale, but I was expecting luscious and malty when I raised my glass. What I got, however, was a nose of cherry fruit supporting a whole lot of hops, with some spicy notes kicking around in the background. On the palate, the hops mesh with more ripe, red fruit and significant alcohol to make an IPA that seems British in its malty style but with the unmistakable character of American hops. A surprising beer, yes, but also a boundary-blurring delight.
- Stephen Beaumont
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
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