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

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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Sold in the UK as Hop Back Pickled Santa:
Cask: Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottle conditioned.

Sold in the USA as Ridgeway Pickled Santa. Distributed by Shelton Brothers. Bottle only.

Chestnut in colour, strong in flavour, hints of cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg.


zoucrew102's rating

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zoucrew102 (473) - - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle from coaltrain liquors. Aroma is malty with a few spices. I get nutmeg and cinnamon the most. Pours light chestnut color with thin white head. Taste is very malty with the above spices. Finishes smooth with a strong malty palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.1
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4866) - 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. It’s 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 won’t have trouble finishing the bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (1208) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
puboflyons (2077) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (2928) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
brontebeach (153) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (853) - 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.

4
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2380) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2013
The best Christmas beer from an English brewery so far this year. Appearance - dark amber maybe chestnut with a nice head. Nose - deeply malty and nutty with a spicy edge. Taste -more of the same. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly fresh finish. Overall - yeah it’s good.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
floydslip (162) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Dark amber beer with a thin white head that lasts for a few seconds before disappearing. Somewhat soapy nose with hints of sweet spice, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Flavor is semi-sweet with a bit of the spice from the aroma, but lacks the balanced bitterness to make the beer less cloying. After the initial sweetness, it just doesn’t go anywhere. Not great.


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