What qualifications need to be filled for a beer to be called a Winter Ale?
I notice that the Jubelale I've been buying
is called an Old Ale by the company.(Deschutes) Is a Winter Ale really a
style? TIA for any help.
Brewed for winter or near-winter release, and an ale. That's not being flip.
That's seriously all it is.
I don't think it's a style. Sure, they usually tend to be stronger beers
than the everyday ones in a brewer's lineup, but they're so far over the map
that there's no way to come up with even a loose style. There's no way to
lump Celeberation Ale and Anchor's winter spiced beer (whatever they call
it) into a category together, yet they're both seasonal winter ales. It's
just a handy designation to denote a seasonal brewed for winter.