Wintertide Ale, a Winter Warmer by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Wintertide Ale is an American Winter Warmer brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a crystal clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights showing through. It’s topped by a thick, rocky pad of cream-colored foam that shows modest retention. A smattering of residue clings to the sides of the glass. An aggressive pour yields the best head.

Aroma

The aroma is a pleasant blend of piney hops and spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Toasty malt and clove appear as the beer warms.

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Flavor

The palate is predominantly malty with a taste of toasty bread, dark fruits, and caramel. Bitterness is mild with a flavor of floral hops poking through in the middle. A mild pop of ginger and spices follow, adding some nice warmth. The finish is sweet with a blend of raisin, toffee, and dark chocolate. A flash of orange citrus also appears on the backend.

Mouthfeel

The feel is relatively smooth and somewhat chewy with its medium body and less-than-moderate carbonation.

Overall

The Wintertide Ale is well-crafted and worthy of being included in the Sierra Nevada Snowpack collection. Its aroma is spicy and inviting. Its palate exhibits a nice balance between the malt, fruits, and spices. The feel suits the style and although its alcohol is restrained, the use of ginger and spices supplies enough warmth. Wintertide is a solid Winter Warmer.

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