Bellevue Brewing Winter Ale Review

In one of my favorite cities, Bellevue, Washington, there’s a new brewery by the same name producing amazing beers. Bellevue Brewing Co.‘s newest is Winter Ale an Imperial Red Ale.

Winter Ale pours burnt red with a tan head of fine foam that stays for a while. It presents with a bouquet of fruits, orange, kiwi, forest berries, and floral hops. The taste is as lively as the nose. Floral hops, a lot of them, mix with the sweetness of caramel toasted malts. It’s 66 IBU and 8.3% ABV, which accounts for the brewery’s description: West Coast Double Red Ale. It may not be possible, but Winter Ale tastes both hop-forward and malt-forward at the same time.

Bellevue Brewing began production in 2012 much to the delight of local craft beer lovers who tired of crossing Lake Washington to visit all the world-class microbreweries in Ballard and Seattle. Don’t miss Winter Ale.

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    While it's difficult to picture Santa as a young man, he was once. He met the future Mrs. Claus one snowy night when she offered him a winter ale that she brewed herself. It was love at first sight - for both the Mrs. and her winter ales. With Santa's growing fame, his favorite brews became named after his favorite day - Christmas. Santa now travels the world each year to spread the joy that began in a stable in Bethlehem two millennia ago.

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