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


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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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 (150) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - 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 (13208) - 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 (1467) - 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 (5092) - 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 (1231) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
puboflyons (2220) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2014
The pour is copper orange with excellent clarity and a short lived head that fades to nothing. Aroma of English malts, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, and something like an apple or pear. The body is thin the medium. The taste is refreshingly sweet but nothing that makes this stand above other Christmas seasonals. Modest bitter ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (4220) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2013
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear copper, nice tight white head & lacing. Aroma shave light spice, cinnamon and clove, alongside biscuity malt. Taste is quite powerful, more spice and nutty sweetness, but not too cloying for a 6% beer. Pretty good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
brontebeach (160) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Really not much more than a carbonated malty bitter. The labelling grabs a few sales at Christmas but really tough to find the nutmeg, cinnamon or coriander. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (880) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Sweet, spicy aroma with caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flavor is essentially the same, with a little bittering hops and alcohol in a pretty watery finish. I thought this is better than the rating indicates, but still not worth going out of your way for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
pours cloudy copper with a thin white head. This beer is fruity with a lot of Christmas spices and very bitter.

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