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Winterizer by Ithaca Beer Company
Winter Warmer
0.00 % ABV

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Review by Naproxen on 01/02/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 16 4 7 2007
**Reviewed 12/12/07**

"I found myself a new favorite ""winter"" beer. Deviating from the average ""winter warmer"" styles that pop out in this season, the Winterizer opts for a brown ale with tasty Belgian yeasts. I had the privy of the last pint of the keg and the first from the new.

appearance: medium-dark brown, slight head that dissolves after a few seconds

smell: hints of orange and some spices, but not overpowering on the spices

taste: first things I tasted were hops, chocolate and malt, which quickly gave way to a hint of spiced orange that lingered nicely

mouthfeel: deeelicious. I really enjoyed that they used the Belgian yeasts, did I mention that?

drinkability: At 7% this isn't weak, but this beer goes down easy

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
Pours a dark brown cola color with amber highlights, clear, with a one finger, almond colored head, comprised of small bubbles. Dissipates quickly, and any lacing quickly followes suit. A distinct ring of foam is always present, however.

On the nose, this smells truly excellent. Rich and spicy, everything from cinnamon to chocolate to nutmeg to molasses. Sweet malts. I begin to drool...

Sweet taste, followed very quickly by rich, toasted malts, not too unlike roasted nuts. Caramel, toffee, this really follows the nose quite well, and adds some complexity of it's own. A little grainy, bready... The aftertaste is what I am really diggin'... kinda the same taste that slightly burnt toast will leave with 'ya-I like it! Alcohol is noticeable, but melded in quite nicely for that warm feel.

I find this to be a bit thin for a WW, but it is smooth. As it warms, I do find that it seems to become a bit more syrupy-ish, yum. Carbonation is tingly on the tongue, and it has a nice dry feel in the aftertaste.

You know, I think I have a new favorite Winter Warmer! Now, WW's are not one of my favorite stylings, but this is a pleasant, relaxing, warming type of Belgian Brown, and I am totally into it! Glad I have a growler of it, cold and snowy tonight... Cheers!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 03/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
Thanks to Bakes for the growler.

Not sure that Winter Warmer is correct, as this is a Saison. I can always switch it if bakes corrects me.

A - Pour brings a nice half inch of dense head. Guess this growler didn't go flat! Recedes to leave a few floating bubble clumps and a thick bead around the edges. Body is darker than expected hearing saison, but I guess this is a "Winter Saison" so anything goes. Color floats somewhere between iced tea and cola, with a bit of chill haze to it.

S - Saison meets winter warmer, no kidding. You get the bright hoppy freshness of a saison, with some Belgian yeast and a bit of spice. Then add in some big nuttiness along with toffee and caramel. Smells like something I should be having in front of a fire in the fall.

T - Taste follows up with the aroma a lot. Fresh brightness of candi sugar, spicy hops, and yeast come from the saison end of this. Then add in big nuttiness, caramel, toffee and even some wintergreen from the winter warmer side of things. Very nice. The minty wintergreen almost leaves that minty clean feeling in your mouth and down your throat.

M - Super smooth, this one is just a touch heavier than medium bodied.

Overall - Super drinkable, very different beer here. Combines two styles to make one great beer.

Served In: Tulip

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