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RATINGS: 1017   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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
ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, 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. Thereís a biscuity maltiness holding up this palate and only minor hop presence since the cinnamon and ginger account for the bitterness here.

Iím 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 thatís overtly spicy that doesnít tear you up. Itís 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. Thereís 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclefrito62 (75) - Stow, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Christmas in July! This legendary Cleveland beer always has kegs released in July for the half way point of Christmas in this area. Smell of cloves, cinnamon, and other spices are the best! This wonderful brew is darker orange, brown And the taste is smooth and spicy< like no other. Overall this brew gets a higher ranking. Love this beer! Pint of draft at Winking Lizard Copley.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PanMarek (223) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Fruit and spice on the nose with rich malt. Pours clear amber with thick, tan foam The malt comes through in the flavor and the spices add to the richness. Medium body, slightly slick. Finish has some surprising dry bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a nice deep clear dark brown color. Aromas of spruce, pine, cinnamon, and a hint of cloves. Flavor has a nice chocolate taste to it, mixed with the nice array of spices.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4961) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 22, 2016
Deep amber brown color. Big consider ginger, cranberries, oranges malty, slightly sweet nose. Sharp, probably connected ginger and oranges, cinammon. Malty mouth. Lingering cinnamon and ginger finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkSachon (904) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2016
12 oz bottle. A nice holiday ale from the always reliable Great Lakes. Try one on for size.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (5518) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Dark amber body with medium head. Nose is sour, fruity. Taste is malty, with cinnamon and spices for sure. Nice prickly texture. Solid warming finish. Enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (315) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Pours a clear, light copper, brief white head. Light toasty aroma. Taste is lightly sweet, slightly spicey - ginger; a hint of peppery hops in the finish. Palate is light, but lingering. Overall, a light, easily drinkable holiday ale. Better crafted then some similar offerings.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
edgallow (3609) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2016
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of spices and malts. Taste is cinnamon, caramel and grain.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2659) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Rich amber/cider color; Medium body; Aroma of caramel malt, cinnamon, & some fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon, hops, and fruit; Nicely balanced; Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear amber with thin off white head. Nose and taste is ginger and cinnamon. Okay.


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