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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
An orange amber ale with a thick lacing off white head. In aroma, nice caramel malt with good floral hops and nice spices, ginger and cinnamon. In mouth, a nice sweet caramel malt with light fruity esters, grassy floral hops, interesting Xmas offering. On tap at Bad Apple, Chicago.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1104) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Can from a coworker. Poured dark amber with beading and solid cream head. Aroma of part resin and grapefruit with rye. Mild carb med body. Very refreshing caramel roast malt taste. Pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoePeesie (860) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours a ruby brown with beige head. Nose and taste are of moderate spice, malt and hops. This beer could use some nutmeg and a bit more spice in general. I found it a tad bland for the style, but good enough to quench my thirst while shoveling.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (2879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
This is a pretty good winter seasonal that’s as much IPA as it is spiced beer. It pours a nice red color w/ a scant white head. This is a hop first beer w/ a good bit of ginger thrown in. It’s a touch on the sweet side w/ firm and earthy bitterness in the finish. It’s maybe a little heavy to drink all night but one is nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1294) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Sampled at Mackey’s Hideout in Island Lake. Pours a tannish brown with no head. Aroma has spices, cloves, cardamon and faint fruits. Taste is quite cardamon-y, with a ginger ale presence. Shrug? Holidayish, sure.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChiGuy68 (411) - Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Tasted from a 12oz. can. It poured a deep amber with a frothy, off-white head and spotty lacing. A sweet caramel-malt aroma and a spicy malt taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pablo951 (459) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Had it out of a can. Poured a brownish clear hue with a medium brownish head. It has a hop and pine aroma and the taste is hop sour yet smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sharkbcr (104) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Amber brown color, ample head. Aroma is slightly sweet hinting of ginger. Taste is well balanced between the malts, hops, orange and ginger. The finish is crisp and faintly hoppy. This is one of the best holiday beers I had yet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2425) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2013
On tap at Ellyn’s Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL. and dispensed to a shaker showing a bright & clear, walnut color, only a modest layer of quickly diminishing, off white, bubbly head foam, but good cling to the wavy ribbons of lacing. The nose was piney, orange zest, with caramel & brown sugar sweetness. Moderately bitter, with some citrusy astringency, medium body, and lively carbonation. A touch of tartness, hop bitterness, and gingered sweetness lingered into the finish. Maybe a little too sweet imo, but a crisp and flavorful holiday brew nonetheless.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Saebom (6) - - NOV 25, 2013 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 I like this beer but it?s not what I expected from a Christmas ale. It?s definitely one of the better IPA?s I?ve had.


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