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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Named after the holiday created by Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, this is the first spiced holiday ale at Town Hall. Using scarlet oranges, ginger and other secret spices, this ale has a deep orange color and is loaded with noticeable "spice" characteristics. This ale is similar to wass-ale, a beverage brewed with a collection of fruits, nuts and spices by members of the local community. Traditional wass-ales are often simmered and served warm. You might try this with a growler of festivus in your own home.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2004 light spiced and malt aromas. Dark yellow, large head. Flavor of very light spices and also the standard Town Hall flavor many of their beers have. Ginger is noticeable in the taste. finish of dry hops. This is nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This holiday brew has a nice, dark orange color to it with a quicly disappearing, thin head. The aroma immediately struck me of candied orange peels. There are bits of cloves and allspice too. The taste is very up front and a potent mix of cinnamon and nutmeg. I eventually narrowed the citrus taste to tangerines, which shows up on the tongue about the same time as the bitter hops. Dry malt finish. The bartender, while talking to another group, mentioned star anise as an ingredient. Entirely plausible, but since I have no clue what that tastes like, I can not comment. Dry malt finish. Very interesting brew. Itís one of my more favorite winter brews. It strikes me as perhaps a winter version of their Thunderstorm.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2004
crazy sort of flavor that I just coulnít put my finger on, My girlfriend thought it was Liquorice, but I am not so sure, It was kind of interetsing, I donít know if I liked it or not, the four ounce sample glass wasnít enough acquire a taste or get sick of it

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Appearance: clear, light peachy hue, topped with a sizeable chunk of froth, delicate white, rocky, ... Aroma: orange and ginger entwined harmoniously, and more maybe at play, for there was talk of a "secret spice blend" involved with this, itís the ginger mainly, with maybe cinnamon and clove lying in the background. Taste: smooth and sweet, utterly untroubling, lightly lit on the palate, and easily passed down the throat. very light in body, with the flavor resting just on top. They made an easy-to-please one here, rather than a challenge, and i can see the wisdom there. Minor hops play, but disappear quickly. This a tasty brew, one that the whole family can get into at their annual Festivus celebrations, just before the Airing of Greivances, and perhaps during the Feats of Strength!


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