TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Crooked River Yuletide Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, tawny brown color with a thick and creamy tan head, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is wonderful with lots of sweet and caramel malt aromas paired with very nice spicy aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate is rich and delicious with lots of big sweet and caramel malty flavors. Slick malty flavors of butter scotch, toffee and caramel slide over the tongue. Yuletide Ale finishes with more wonderful malty flavors up front, then ends with slightly warming, spicy cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg flavors that linger.
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Generous hops and malts in aroma, suggesting great subtlety of caramel, raison, alcohol, and spices (nutmeg). But it doesn’t appear in the tasting. Thin, too, fading quickly from the palate, though there was still much potential. Amber and sticky looking. Bottle.
JK (5631) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet potato aroma with light spice. Looks like a red ale. Becomes more flavorful and aromatic as it warms. Unremarkable but not undrinkable. This being late August, maybe it was just old.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle from brickskeller. a nutty, gingerbread-y aroma that fades into a spice-fest. this tastes like drinking pumpkin. sweet, with too much confusion to really enjoy.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Crystal clear, dark amber ale with lots of floaties. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Malty, floral, piney aroma. Great malt backbone with notes of toffee and spice. A touch too sweet, but not cloyingly so. Full-bodied, rich and velvety with fizzy carbonation. Medium length, astringent finish.
lamas (1546) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red with small bubbly tan head. Aroma is of hops, sour fruits and a little pumpkin spice. Taste begins with a nice spicy hoppy kick but it all goes downhill from there. The finish is slightly bitter but VERY bland and full of alcohol. Tastes like watered-down malts. Maybe I had a bad bottle?
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best way to sum it up, it was just like great lakes christmas ale but didn’t have as much kick or spice as great lakes, but it’s $1 cheaper and taste damn good.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this is sick, but i think this is comparable to avery ten’s and i do also think that this is better! ha! take THAT! figs, caramel, spiciness reminds me of eggnog, herbiness reminds me of clove or mint, sugar like brown... no alchohol to suck up and it’s quite strong. this is a warmer! yes. i liked it.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear copper. Aroma and taste consists of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon along with some caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium/light. subpar seasonal brew.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep red-orange. Smells like vegetables covered with cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is pretty much generic spiciness. It’s all of the spices of a pumpkin ale without the pumpkin, so I’ll just assume this was brewed with the leftover nutmeg from their fall seasonal.