If they want to distinguish between the beers, why not call the two different names? Oh well, winter version. Pours a mostly hazy tanner brown color with a light red hue. A off white head with good retention that hides to the side of the glass and ok lacing.
The nose is more along the lines of a barleywine. The malt comes and balances well with the US hop character. Some kettle caramel notes some lighter bready and a touch of biscuit under tones. The hops have a citrus and pine mix. A bit muddled and not really distinct. There is noticeable alcohol as well. Not fusel, but some clean yeast.
The taste is similar. The malt seems to come out more and emphasizes more of a b-wine thing even more. To start the malt has a more malty/grainy, base malt flavor. Some caramel and a touch of minor chocolate notes. Some honey and molasses notes with a slight mineral under tone. The hops are noticeable with a more piney flavor. Some citrus and a bit of a chalky finish. Some spicey notes from the hops as well. Very nice yeast character with some light alcohol notes. A touch a phenols as well, but pretty clean.
The body is closer to moderate than full. Ok so one point towards IPA. Carbonation is limited though so take that point away. Overall a very nice beer. The malt is a bit muddled and would like more hops in the finish for an IPA but this is nit picky. Very clean.