Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever Winter Ale from Boundary Bay Brewing CompanyCabin Fever is a Winter Warmer from Boundary Bay Brewing Company in Bellingham, Washington. It’s a 7% alcohol beer that’s lightly dry hopped with Cascades.

Appearance: Dark brown and murky-opaque. Light brown head, creamy looking.

Smell: Dark fruit and caramel, alcohol (fusel-ish, slightly). Dark fruit reminds me of raisin. Spicy and slightly fruity hop.

Taste: Alcohol and hops are the first things I notice. A touch of Belgian candy sugar. Coffee, dark toffee, dried fig. Still noticing the alcohol heat. Spicy. Bitterness in the aftertaste from the hops, which are strong and twiggy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but dry, alcohol aftertaste coats the tongue and the bitterness lingers.

Overall: This definitely lives up to the Winter Warmer style of beer—alcohol heat is prominent, and the spicy dark fruit and candy accentuates that.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores 86 out 100 with 94% reviewer approval. On RateBeer, it scores 3.24 out of 5 and is in their 62nd percentile.