ryrpat (111) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
msalsbury (16) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
86Moose (60) - - NOV 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
hondajunkie (89) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
nio7gio (3) - - NOV 12, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chinook is definitely prominent in this beer. Very drinkable and great clarity. Thank you revolution for not "over Christmas spicing it".
monkeychugg55 (860) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BOSSbrewer (1595) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.