madquacker (1072) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very decent thirst quencher and a nice balance on the APA style. Grapefruit at the end with maltiness at the start just like the label says. Good beer.
SrSilliGose (3316) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2009 tap at rrbc. pours a clear copper with a beige head. big notes of cinnamon, nutmeg spices. the cinnamon, nutmeg, orangepeel, corriandor spice mix really stand out in this. mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it is nice to see the malts not over power this, and rather, let the nice christmas season spices be prominently displayed. nice.
dankman (254) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad. The average spiced Christmas ale style beer (slightly spicy, palatable to the swill drinking public). Pours amber. Smells of bubblegum, spice and, malt. Tastes pretty good, some ginger, nutmeg and, clove are pretty nice. The finish seems a bit off, I feel like I’ve been chewing on ground cloves, it’s not bad but it is a little bit awkward.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, pours a reddish amber with a thick off white head. Aromas of ginger, malt, honey. Nice spicy flavor, the ginger and clove really shine through. A good sweetness, but a little thin. The coriander and orange get lost in the complexity. Still a pretty good seasonal offering.
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brewpub, dark amber orangish color, nice aroma of spice, similar flavor profile to Great Lakes, probably a little more ginger or nutmeg spice flavor though. Good holiday spice brew
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright amber pour. Usual array of Xmas spices, but none too overwhelmng. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and maybe some orange peel. Somewhat lighter in body than mose other Rocky River beers, and I’d be willing to wager it was due to the honey. Toasted maIts and a touch of carmel meet with the spices and balance out well. I found this to be a little crisper than most other Xmas/winter warmer style beers, too. Which was a good thing to me, for I can drink more than just a short glass. 05 has been my favorite version of this beer to date.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bomber bought @ Rocky River. Medium off white head is sort of short lived over a lightly hazy deep amber coppery brown body. Spicy aroma with nutmeg in the forefront followed by ginger and a little cinnamon and orange peel. Ginger & nutmeg switch places as it warms. A lightly toasted malt with caramel and some hints of roastiness. A bit of piney alcohol aroma, but spices drown out fruitiness if it’s there. Fairly well balanced at the start, but turns bitter into the finish & aftertaste. There seems to be a floral, fruity alcohol flavor with a very low caramel malt character. Some spicy hop flavor mid palate into the drier finish. Aftertaste is lasting and hoppy. The only spice really discernable in the flavor is ginger. Malt flavor is really sort of flat in this one. Medium body, low carbonation, dry (borderline astringent) mouthfeel. A little warmth from alcohol, but not much. This is not something I’d particularly like to drink a lot of. Not enough malt character to balance bitterness in flavor, or spice in the aroma.
jsquire (3736) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this at the brewpub but it was just called the Christmas Ale. Red-orange color with a thin, lasting head. Enticing ginger nose. Nice warm spiciness of ginger, clove and orange. It was maybe a little thin with a faint metallic finish. Nice beer anyway.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby with slight impresion of spices and a really nice malt character. Surprising brew, nice Christmas ale. GABF 2002
joet (2383) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2001
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yet another Christmas brew and with the everyman’s pine and clove aroma I’m cocked and ready for a ’bah humbug’. Yet, the taste is lighter, more dry and cleaner than is typical and so it’s more than palatable and drinkable.