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


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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReV2 (159) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, - DEC 29, 2012
Not a bad Christmas offering and a good strength at 6% but seems less. Thinnish body, nice, spicy aftertaste, Iím getting the spices listed on the bottle. Not overdone, maybe the 8 months in the bottle have calmed them down a bit. Agreed, donít like the name of the beer, not much on pickles myself. Overall a reasonable winter ale and one of the better British ones Iíve had this year among some real disappointments.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3143) - 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. Itís 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 (4845) - 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 (2794) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergeek23322 (2570) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
12/3/2011. From bottle. Amber color with a white head. Spicy aromas with malt and caramel. dried fruit, spicy flavors, yeast and light hops. A bit watery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (8351) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
500ml bottle. MArketed in the US under the Beer Counter brand for Shelton. AMber pour, very mild and unofensice strong ale, definitely some spice notes, mild breadiness, mild yeast character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"light spices and the traditional thin english ale body. not offensive at all...even tasty as it warmed, but pretty basic and uninspired. pale chestnut color, smooth but too thin. little hops."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (14209) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Hazy deep amber color, medium white head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is gingerbread. Thankfully no pickles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GranvilleTim (1741) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
Caramel pour with a light tan head. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg. Taste is spicy, nutmeg, little cinnamon. Little thin. Ok lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5228) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper body with a very fleeting fizzy off-white head. The aroma is really strong on the cinnamon, with lesser coriander. The spice combo is a bit reminiscent of potpourri actually. Some moderate toasty and sweet maltiness below all the spice. The flavor is really not all that spicy at all though, I think this was decently done. Itís more malt focused with toasty and lightly husky grains up front. The spice emerges on the finish, with the cinnamon lingering the longest. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Meh, not the most exciting beer, but I wonít have trouble finishing the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (1286) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO. Pours clear amber with a tiny white head. Smells of copper, apple, and spice. Tastes of copper, nutmeg, and apple cider.

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