This naughty elf pours a clear amber in color with a decent off-white head.
The nose is full of bready malts, a bit of molasses and a light sweetness. Since this is an IPA the hops are there, but well balanced with the malt and a touch of spices in the background.
It shows depth and texture within the malt presence. The slightly sweet apple and orange notes blend nicely within the bready malts and hop bitterness. The hop character isn't brutish and the light sugars linger whilst a touch of cinnamon shows its hand.
It's slightly different and lighter than most winter warmers, but a good beer to pick up during the holidays, nonetheless.