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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryrpat (111) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Nice reddish amber color with a very smooth finish. Not as crazy as some of their other beers. Has a slightly fruity taste but not overpowering ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
msalsbury (16) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Revolution’s page for this beer says it’s got the aroma of fresh baked bread, caramel, and stone fruits. To me, it’s as though someone squeezed all the moisture and aroma from a Christmas tree and poured it into a glass. The flavor follows that. It’s hoppy and piney, and nothing at all like I expect a Christmas ale to taste. I was grateful that I’d only purchased a 5 ounce sample and not a full pint of it. This beer would be the lump of coal I’d put in the stockings of beer lovers I hate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Cereal, resin, spruce, grapefruit, and a touch of ginger in the aroma. None are pronounced, but meld well. Pours well, settling into an amber haze with a frothy dirty white pillow of a head. A taste reveals the ginger, with light sweetness and light bitterness on the finish, but the ginger is what lingers. The body is medium to light, texture is slick, carbonation is average, and the finish is slightly bitter. A bit of a departure from other Christmas beers, but a welcome departure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
86Moose (60) - - NOV 20, 2013
Another excellent entry to this year’s Holiday & Winter beer selection. Possibly the best Christmas beer that I have had in recent years. A full body beer similar to an IPA with a crisp, fruity flavor. A Definite Must for the serious beer drinker.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hondajunkie (89) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
12 oz can pours a cloudy amber with a thick khaki head that settles after about a minute leaving moderate lacing. Piney hop notes up front followed by ginger and some spice. Flavors almost the same as aromas but more spice and orange as the beer warmed up. Different than what I was expecting, being more hop forward than spice. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nio7gio (3) - - NOV 12, 2013 does not count
Chinook is definitely prominent in this beer. Very drinkable and great clarity. Thank you revolution for not "over Christmas spicing it".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (860) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Medium brown with a very small head. The aroma is a tie between the ginger and Chinook, with some orange right behind it. The flavor is mellow and similar, with a neutral balance as far as sweet/bitter goes. Chinook upfront, ginger on the finish. Really like the use of Chinook hops in this, perfect amount to balance out the ginger. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Deep mahogany / shiny penny color. Initial big short lived head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of pine and small hints of ginger. Tastes of nice easy hops and x-mas light x-mas spices. Nothing amazing but goes down quick and easy. Did not notice the orange peel. Maybe the wrong temp. Drank at 55 degrees.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOSSbrewer (1595) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Had this at their place in Chicago. All the beer unless noted otherwise were good to very good. Unfortunately this was rated with another program and I can't import my comments.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 "Manager’s Special" as in "get rid of the Christmas beer" at Lemon Tree today. Pours a light reddish brown under a frothy head. Some wassail spices in the nose. Still some pungent piney hops on the tongue, almost knocking off the trail of ginger. Orange peel becomes pronounced as I go on through. Some alcohol warmth, despite being only a little stronger than any pale lager. Remember for next year: would be good maybe with dessert at Christmas dinner, maybe with a cinnamon stick swirled in.

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