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Hop Back / Ridgeway Pickled Santa

Brewed by Hop Back
Style: English Strong Ale
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask: Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottle conditioned.
Sold in the UK as Hop Back Pickled Santa. Sold in the USA bottle only as Ridgeway Pickled Santa.
Chestnut in colour, strong in flavour, hints of cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclefrito62 (26) - Stow, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Surprisingly I really like this beer. It’s chestnut in color and the aroma might not be very inviting, but gosh this is good. You have a slight taste of the holidays with all the spices. Spices not taking this beer over. It sits well on the palate Not too hoppy. I gave it overall score of 17. I was amazed how drinkable this brew is. Can I have another? Please!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MayumiH (753) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle at home. Lacking a bit of depth. It did go well with pistachio nuts, that’s for sure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
katrinaez (1086) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Orange color and odd flavor. Slight hops, medium ale, and even palate. Wouldn’t mind again, but won’t buy again. Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (4303) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2015
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/28/2013. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of spices, bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal hop/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light fruits, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of spices, bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good spiced English pale ale style. All around good robustness, complexity and balance of spices, bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElCapitan22 (327) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Pours a clear golden color, indicative of English ales. Smells of cloves and spices. Tastes very much of cloves, but isn’t horribly overwhelming. Could use some more spices besides clove, but all the holiday brews are typically over cloved. Not bad by any stretch, but just ok. This would be better drank in the winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlimHabib (399) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle pour. Clear light copper (almost a dark gold) with a short lived off white head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander aroma. Medium body. Very light taste with only a light bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mansquito (4932) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2015
New Beer Distributors, NYC 50cl ($3.50): Pours murky light brown with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is coriander, sugar, and nutmeg thereabouts. Taste is pretty mediocre. This tastes like a rum and coke, a bad rum and coke, but with less coke and rum flavor... I don’t know this is hard to explain. In any case, this is not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3841) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
I was kind of hoping this would have dill in it or some awful thing but I guess this is just a regular beer. It’s orange w/ a short lived head because it is practically still. It smells like pine, almost hoppy but not from hops but spices, maybe allspice and a bit of corriander or maybe ginger. It is pretty bland when you taste it though, just a bit of earthy bitterness in the finish. I had high hopes for a trainwreck but this is pretty boring overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
onceblind (6671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
2010 bottle, so aged 4-ish years. Clearish dark copper with a caramalt biscuity nose. Lightish flavor but nice tones of biscuit and golden toast with a sweet malty tone of toffee and toast. Pretty medium all around.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerdedone (3162) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper with a ultra small white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and mild spices. Flavor of caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, grains and holiday spices.

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