Review: Festeroo, Hop Valley

Hop Valley Brewing Co. — Springfield, OR

  • Style:  Winter Warmer
  • Bitterness:  60 IBU
  • ABV:  7.8%
  • Malts:  Not specified 
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle 

Description:  Baby, when it's cold outside, wrap yourself up in this seasonal English-style Old Ale brewed with a slightly spicy combination of malts and leafy hops. Hop Valley Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is just the second Hop Valley beer I've tasted. This summer, I tasted their 541 Lager and enjoyed it.  I'm tasting Festeroo as part of my series on winter seasonal beers

The tasting:  Deep reddish-brown in color, with a tan head that dissipates very slowly, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of bread, vanilla, toffee, mild grapefruit and a hint of alcohol. Taste starts with light grapefruit bitterness. In the middle, malty flavors of biscuit and caramel come through. There's also a light tang in the middle, which is quite nice. It has moderate hop bitterness throughout and light alcohol is present in the middle. Festeroo is light to medium bodied, has a resinous mouth feel, and finishes semi-dry with a touch of spice.
4 star.  Really good! I want this again!  Festeroo is very nicely balanced. It has great hoppy notes and plenty delicious malt flavors. It's hard to define what makes a winter beer a winter beer. It's largely a personal choice. For me, this beer fits the bill.  I need to check out some more of Hop Valley's beers. So far, I've been very impressed.

What do you think of Hop Valley's Festeroo? 
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