Flylips (10) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
You have to like ginger to like this ale. Very nicely balanced with a clean mouth feel. Great hop balance too. Just couldn’t get over the massive amount of ginger. Not for me.
cards04 (1639) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad. Pours orange. Some fruity aromas, some booze too. I get some warm spices... malt and some hops to round it out. Nice.
60minuteman (698) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hoppy and spicy with definite honey and ginger notes. Bold flavor. Nice finish. A really good spiced ale. My first from GL.
devilben02 (271) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours from the bottle with a beautiful, clear, pure amber color and a modest and fleeting off-white head. The aroma is spicy and somewhat fruity, with a traditional mulling spice combination being contrasted against notes sweet orange peel and honey-dipped bread (a challah, if you will). The flavor likewise features a forward use of cinnamon and ginger, but the rich, bready malts provide a "soft" base from which the assertive spices emerge. The spicing isn’t overly aggressive, but it definitely in front and deftly hides the 7.5% alcohol content. The fine, prickly carbonation emphasizes these spicy characteristics but hides the sweetness a bit, which is unfortunate. Overall, this is a lovely holiday beer, but I don’t know that I’d want it more year-round.
msnelling09 (149) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a candied red/amber, almost like a dark fruit punch. It forms a soda-like head of spritzy white bubbles that fade into a scrim. In body the beer is thin and crystal clear, with only a bit of haze coming from its darker coloring. On the nose, the beer smells of soft, warm spices and an indiscriminately fruity malt. The spices are hard to pinpoint, but could contain nutmeg… The smell is softly spicy and festive, but not overwhelmingly pleasing. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and spicy. The spice tends far more towards the “Christmas spice” realm than towards the kick of pepper. The sweet malt almost tastes like fruit juice, and is balanced out by the spice which moves in on the middle and finish of the sip. Soft bitterness and light acidity accompany the spice for added balance. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet fruit juice, somewhere between generic fruit punch and apple juice. In the middle of the sip, the winter spices bowl onto the palate, giving hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and generic spice. The finish is of strong winter spices with a touch of grassy bitterness. The fruit juice flavors give a touch of cranberry juice in the finish, which is festive and odd. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium, practically light, with an oddly watery mouthfeel and a soft carbonation. The mouth is left with a light spice burn, some dryness, and some saliva in the cheeks. Overall, I’m a bit underwhelmed by this iteration. It has some nice winter spice, but the malt character is oddly like fruit juice, which I don’t much care for. This is an interesting beer, but I want more bread and caramel malt flavors and less fruit juice. The spicing is nice, if a bit too much on the end. Not a bad winter warmer, but not my favorite.
TheLevi4000 (63) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best Christmas or Holiday Ale I have had. The description above explains it very well, the beer actually lives up to it. The only flavor it leaves out is the honey. It is not overwhelming, it just adds a little sweetness to make the beer not bitter.
tcochran88 (1) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the best Christmas ale on the market, it is robust yet easy to drink. The notes of cinnamon are not overpowering.
Patrickctenchi (3458) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear, bubbling, berry-copper with a frothy vanilla coloured head.
Ginger aroma, clove and caramel.
Taste is ginger, caramel malt, cinnamon.
Peppery spicing....raw vanilla bitter.
Light and cool for the ABV.
A very nice Christmas Special.
jrob21 (2485) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely getting the cinnamon and ginger. A nice holiday beer with a seasionable body and flavor. Pours a rich ruby red color. Cinnamon an clove aromas are big. Comes through to the flavor in pretty much the same ratio. Nice drink.
Ericular (572) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This score is assuming I am in the mood for a holiday spiced beer, which is not frequently the case. It’s maybe slightly too spiced overall, but not much. Smoother when warm. Primarily cinnamon and honey. Not my favorite holiday flavor profile, but not terrible.