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


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   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.

ghawener's rating

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ghawener (1527) - San Salvador, - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle: part of a winter sampler, not a repeat. Food Pairing: Get a Fuller London Pride instead.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElCapitan22 (272) - 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 isnít 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 (314) - 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 (4208) - 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 donít 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 (3470) - 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 (5724) - 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 (2981) - 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 (2602) - 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 (9559) - 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 (7264) - 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 (16422) - 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.

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