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Crooked River Yuletide Ale

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Brewed especially for the Winter season, Yuletide Ale is made with eight malt varieties, choice aromatic hops and subtle quantities of winter spices. Original gravity: 16 degrees plato. IBUs: 32. This beer received a Bronze Medal at the 2000 Brewing Industry International Awards in Burton-upon-Trent, England.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
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.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Generous hops and malts in aroma, suggesting great subtlety of caramel, raison, alcohol, and spices (nutmeg). But it doesnít appear in the tasting. Thin, too, fading quickly from the palate, though there was still much potential. Amber and sticky looking. Bottle.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2005
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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1371) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2005
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?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Best way to sum it up, it was just like great lakes christmas ale but didnít have as much kick or spice as great lakes, but itís $1 cheaper and taste damn good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1029) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2005
this is sick, but i think this is comparable to avery tenís 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 itís quite strong. this is a warmer! yes. i liked it.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Deep red-orange. Smells like vegetables covered with cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is pretty much generic spiciness. Itís all of the spices of a pumpkin ale without the pumpkin, so Iíll just assume this was brewed with the leftover nutmeg from their fall seasonal.


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