tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 don’t taste like potpourri.
superspak (3410) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jjgmd (1724) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
zgaier (1648) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a red orange with a beige head and aroma of citrus, ginger cinnamon spices and pine. Taste is lots of citrus with hops, cinnamon, ginger, spices,and fruity pine with a hoppy finish. Nice Christmas ale
Cancer4TheCure (14) - - JAN 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another strong entry from Revolution Brewing in Chicago. A nice toasty taste is prevalent throughout this one. Pours dark, with a weak but appealing head that sticks around a bit. Very aromatic, and smells like something that should be enjoyed next to a roaring fireplace. I enjoyed a 12 pack of cans bought in Chicagoland, and quickly went through them around Christmastime. One I’ll definitely keep my eye out for in the coming years.
JBPortland (1183) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can pours semi-clear reddish brown with medium head. Nose is malty citrus, orange. Taste is fruiry orange, pine, light spices. Finish is fruity medium bitterness, touch of earthy malt, ginger, pine. Good.
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at Blippsmas! Pours a clear amber with a hint of ruby to it, under a soft white head. Bright citrus hops with a bit of earthiness. Medium-bodied, sweet, a bit of spice, moving into some bright ginger heat. Spicy heat, bright earthy hops. Sweet and spicy on the finish. Rather nice.
Ed5388 (2538) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can gifted to me for Christmas from JohnGonk. Thanks John! Pours a hazy dark amber color with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of fresh cut christmas tree! Lots of fresh pine, spruce, and some sweet citrus fruits. Taste of pine, caramel, citrus, syrup, and light spices. Good stuff, but the nose is better then the taste to me on this one.
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can from Ed. Tonight Ed brought this over with a ball gag, horse whip, cattle prod, leathet chaps and fairy wings. Well everything was used BUT the beer, Ed likes outfits what can I say. After Ed left i noticed the aroma of pine sap and juniper witj lots of citrus and some wet toast. Medium body that is slightly syrupy but finishes thin. Flavor is similar to the aroms, notes of wet pine needles, bad weak citrus, sugar, msple syrup, dry tosst, grsins, old sugar. Meh the more time I spend on this the less I like it.
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at home. Pours clear garnet with a medium, foamy and frothy off-white to light beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is stone fruit, light caramel and toast malt with honey malt notes, pine hops, earthy spices, ginger, citrus notes. Flavor is lightly sweet honey and cracker malt, pineapple, orange, spicy ginger, light hops and medium bitterness with a dry finish. Medium-light body and medium carbonation.