ACHops (977) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 22oz bottle. Pours slightly cloudy orangish amber with nicely laced creamy head. Aroma is citrusy hops with juicy sweet notes. Taste is rich caramel malt forward, with a restrained bitter finish. Not much IPA hoppiness here, but thatís typical for Full Sail. Not really a winter warmer either. Stylistically pretty close to an English bitter. Tasty and a nice seasonal treat.
Revisited 1 year later. Upgraded taste and overall ratings 1 tick each. This is too tasty to leave alone.
AnokaBrewer (98) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden amber color with very little head. Aroma of citrus and hops.
While it said it was a holiday beer, I believe that was more due to release date than any spice or added flavorings to the beer, as I really didnít pick up on any. It was a very good strong IPA.
Beerathon (1590) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Christmas style IPA isnít really my thing. Getting pine, syrupy sweetness, spices, muddled earthiness. Meh.
ellolovey (482) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper with thick frothy white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops. Nice bitter hop bite up front followed by some sweet caramel malts and bread. Medium bodied. Nice lacing. Dry piney bitter finish.
furthur (455) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at share, medium amber body, little head, some lacing. Aroma sprucy and citrus. Taste is hoppy, citrus and spruce and light malt, a little lychee. Palate is nice and smooth, not too rich. Carbonation about right, not too sharp.
rproff78 (155) - - JAN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good holiday ale. The hoppiness is stellar! Full sail always impresses me with their tasty brews.
Ctplt777 (334) - - NOV 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great IPA. Itís a little spicier and theres some awesome stuff going on. Really hoppy. Tons of pine and citrus on the aroma and some other spices. Taste is bitter and hoppy with tons of pine. One of the piniest christmas IPAís Iíve had. Definitely try this one. Cheers!
slowrunner77 (7207) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"this is a bigger beer than their regular ipa, and i like it better. fuller body, aroma is similar (but maybe spiced?), taste is stronger, which is good in this instance. only 22ís @$4, though."
dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This ale is medium in color, medium in body, and medium in alcohol content. The malt is understated, without a distinct taste, and the hops are overstated, like an IPA. IT is a good hoppy beer, but without the delicious malty flavor to balance out the hops.
jrodooo5 (1280) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty smooth ipa! Has a good copper pour w/ a white head that leaves lacing. The aroma is subtle but hoppy. The taste is clean & crisp for an ipa. No lingering bitterness but not exactly a flavor explosion either. Itís a drinkable ipa but not spectacular.
TXBadger (1965) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes: Pours a nice amber color with white head. Christmas type spices, citrus, and pine on the nose; all follow onto the palate. I like the spice on this one, gives it a different flavor profile than the typical IPA. Very enjoyable for the holidays.