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RATINGS: 982   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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It has a cinnamon and ginger spice flavor, a rich copper color, and a medium body that will fit with any holiday meal.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1315) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pretty shade of dark amber/orange/light red. Mostly clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Mostly ginger, some cinnamon: a graham cracker-like overall aroma.

Taste: The palate begins with immediate sensation of spice: ginger being the most prominent, followed by a firey cinnamon bite and a sweet, rich honey taste to round it all out. Vanilla and the taste of shortbread seems to be lurking somewhere in the palate, too. Thus it does live up to its reputation of being a liquid Christmas cookie. The actual beer components of hops and malts seem to take a backseat to the spices and flavorings, though. There’s a biscuity maltiness holding up this palate and only minor hop presence since the cinnamon and ginger account for the bitterness here.

I’m not usually a fan of ginger, but its presence here was justified by it being paired and balanced out by the cinnamon and honey. Not too sweet, not too spicy, not too "beery". Nothing that blows my mind, though. Just a tasty, enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied flavor throughout with noticeable energy, but still comfortable with a soft texture.

Drinkability: This is one of those rare beers that’s overtly spicy that doesn’t tear you up. It’s easy to drink considering its palate that just about anyone can enjoy and has a smooth finish with only a slightly doughy aftertaste. Weighing in at 7.5% ABV, Great Lakes Christmas Ale drinks like something much lower than the numbers would indicate. There’s no alcohol presence in the nose or palate, but you definitely feel the potency afterwards. A great beer to have with pumpkin, pecan, or mincemeat pie or with homemade Christmas cookies.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dutch23mp (290) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Spice ales are not normally my beer of choice but this was a gift to taste. Well crafted and the hint of cinnamon is really complement to the hopes and malts used. Very sweet after taste this beer would go well with a desert

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (392) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Malty, slightly syrupy, touch of hop brightness, finishes with Christmas spice...allspice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, yeast, spice and light fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel, spice and light fruitiness with a smooth dry lingering spiced finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
uckelman (344) - Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2015
Pours ruddy amber, clear. No head, just a bit of oily lace. Aroma is ginger and honey. I don’t get the cinnamon. Medium body, kind of _chewy_. Reminds me of a spiced ham.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sarauckelman (232) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2015
Oily amber with not much head. Faint aroma of citrus peel and bourbon. Slightly sweet with hints of ginger and cinnamon. Pleasant, round, full mouthfeel. Would probably be rated a lot higher if I didn’t have a headcold blocking most of my smell and taste.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1pintatatime (97) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Pours a deep golden color with a thin, white head. Not much there on the nose, but the taste is sweet with a fairly solid malt backbone. Caramel and cinnamon are primary with hints of other spices. None are overwhelming, which I like. Solid for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tykechandler (319) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2225) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Hazy, copper-orange with a 2-finger khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, caramel, orange and a touch of pine. Taste of cinnamon, caramel, ginger, a hint of cloves, pine resin and orange. Medium body and high/medium carbonization. A good example of a spiced Christmas ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2301) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Light golden-orange with a white head. Christmas spiced sweet ale. Notes: GABF ’13

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1704) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Pours a nice dark copper/red color with off-white head. Spice, cinnamon, ginger, and caramel malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more spice. Good winter beer.


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