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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Delightful Christmas time ale that includes all the notes that are accustom to the season with a balanced hop and malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christpuncher (1635) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
This is a unique one. Strong orange and cinnamon start with a hoppy finish. A Better Xmas ale than most. Pours deep copper with a tan head. Had out of a can at home. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sturmthis (760) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3175) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1345) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wittales (686) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6097) - 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

   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.

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