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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Our Christmas ale begins a new holiday tradition. Hopped with Chinook for pine aromas and spiced with Ginger and orange peel.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sturmthis (433) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2014
12oz can. Orange color with a medium head. Aroma of cinnamon and pine. The taste is very different. A mix between pine and orange peels. It isnít bad and it a unique taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2965) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2014
12 ounce can
I am not sure what to compare this to. An unusual Christmas ale is part Belgian, part winter warmer, and part gingerbread house. The combination is solid although it lacks the presence of Great Lakes Christmas Ale or some other high gravity seasonals.

Aroma / Appearance - The carbonated base bubbles with activity. The color of warm molasses it has a dusky ambiance and cool vanilla head. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and seasonal winter spices are a bit boozy. Nothing backs it up though; it is just that feel of ethanol. Minty undertones are not expected at all.

Flavor / Palate - The taste of spicy cola, nutmeg, and iced tea are a strange blend of winter and spring. Refreshing with a light transition the biggest woe is a medicinal tang that hangs in the throat. While reasonable the small flaws here or there detract from the promise of a reliable winter warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esoxangler (100) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Not sure Iíve had anything to compare it to, and it doesnt really taste spicy at all, however it was actually just a great beer, one of the only "seasonal" beers i would ever get again. It was good and hoppy, pretty nice citrusy flavor to it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1055) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Draft to sampler copper color. Nose spice, ginger, and sweet malt. Tannic woody up front. Almost whisky barrel. Then sweet malt. Light finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Appearance was clear reddish amber with diminishing creamy off white 1 finger head, no lacing. Aromas are light sweet malt bill with spices of ginger, hints of soft pine. Taste are soft toffee malt base then spice of mild ginger and orange, hops are balanced pine. Palate was soft smooth creamy CO2 with medium body, then balanced spicey, piney and malty finish. A good balanced sessional winter ale. Thx jsquire for trade.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Can. Pours a rich dark amber with nice white head with excellent lacing. Nice aroma of pine, grapefruit rind, and floral notes. Medium, slightly watery feeling mouthfeel. Flavors of citrus, spice, and dark malt. Dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Canned, dark reddish brown color, thick creamy tan foam, aroma is lots of sticky red pine, flavor is nicely balanced toffees, red pine cones, nice balance with a creamy hop finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours a hazy dark red/brown with a small off white head. Nice overripe citrus note on the nose, floral hops, caramel malt, some red fruits, and just a hint of ginger. Nice bit of that ginger flavor on the taste, light piney hops, bitter orange, maybe some honey, and a nice bready malt character. Really quite refreshing. I love when christmas ales donít taste like potpourri.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2014
12 ounce can in to pint glass, canned on 11/8/2013. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, light ginger, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright hop and moderate malt/spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, light ginger, and floral earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, light ginger, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of hop, malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced pale ale style. All around good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (1435) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Can. Pours a nice amber mahogany brown color with a nice head. Nose is sweet and spicy with ginger and cinnamon. Taste is a little hoppy with orange citrus and full of flavor. Finish is fruity and sweet and moderately long. An excellent Christmas ale. Quaff Score 8 / 10


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