Brew Review

Beer Review – Smuttynose Winter Ale


Since the Christmas season is officially underway, I thought I’d start the month of December with a winter beer review. Smuttynose Winter Ale is one of their seasonal beers which is available from late October to February. Per the Smuttynose website, their Winter Ale is “a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops”. And now for the review…

  • Appearance: Dark amber. Slightly cloudy. Half inch head that dissipated slowly and leaves moderate lacing.
  • Aroma: Subtle hints of nutmeg, allspice, and molasses. Mild hop scent.
  • Taste: Sweet malt flavor upfront, but not overpowering. Mild hop bitterness. Well balanced, lingering finish.

With an ABV of 5.1%, the Smuttynose Winter Ale is a very session worthy beer. It doesn’t have the huge flavor profile of some other winter beers, but that’s what makes it so good. It’s a smooth, easy drinking beer that you can either have by itself or alongside your favorite meal. I give the Smuttynose Winter Ale a B+.

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  1. I love anything the guys from Portsmouth, NH brew-up. So how much of this stuff did you get? Can I schedule a “session” this weekend at your house?

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  2. I’m usually happy with the offerings from Smuttynose although I haven’t tried the Winter Ale yet. I’ve got one in the fridge though – maybe this weekend.

    Sounds a lot like the Sam Smith Winter Welcome I had last night. Nothing crazy, but a nice drinker.

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  3. Got a taste of this at G-lo’s place last night and have to agree with his assessment that this is great winter session beer. This brew would be a perfect addition to a big bowl of chili to warm up on a cold winter day.

    Unlike most winter brews, this offering from Smuttynose is not over hopped or pumped up with “Christmas” flavors (i.e. nutmeg, evergreen, peppermint). It’s a balanced brew with appropriate weight for the season. A solid B+ in the overall beer world but top of the winter brew class. Leave Santa one of these and some smoked sausage instead of milk and cookies to make the old elf a little jollier

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