Willimantic Holiday Mail Ale
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A Red Ale brewed with Pale, Biscuit, Caramel 60, Caramel 120, Wheat with Honey and Sterling hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2012
on tap at brewery, very drinkable, extra points for that, light and malty with a dry crisp hop profile

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 11, 2008
On tap, brewpub. Pours dark ruby-brown with medium lacing, very pretty in the glass. Aroma of yeast, herbs, hops and amber malt. Flavor was hard to place, but very delicious. This was my top beer of the night at Willi. I tasted the Belgian malt in there that lended a rather unique element to what I thought tasted mostly like a Schwarz or perhaps Alt. Beautifully blended and perfectly unique. This beer is Willimantic doing the hybrid-brown styles that I have come to adore them for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
on tap at the brewpub. Amber in color. Malty aroma with caramel and toasted malt- a touch of citrus and floral hops. Taste is very straight forward- caramel and toasted malt, some floral hops and a touch of fruit. lightly bready. Easy going, simple session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Clearish amber. Tiny off-white head. Herbal, slightly floral and moderately fruity. All those shy adjectives are not there for nothing. The beer seems to hesitate in taking a stance. Delicate noble hops. A bit cherry-like. Gentle acidity. Smooth and pleasant, but really too diplomatic, easy-going and unfocused to be a winner. I must say my last visit to Willimantic did throw a bucket of water on my love story with the place. Only 5 beers on draught and the 3 novelties were frigid takes on more or less session styles which appeared not to be their specialty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2007
In short: Basic session fruity and caramelised English Ale low on the hops side.
How: Tap at brewpub December 2007
The look: Almost clear redish-copper body with a small off-white head
In long: Toasted malts with a round cake and fruity flavour profile. A cross between a caramel cake and a cranberry muffin. Some floral hops with a light orange flavour. Appropriate medium carbonation. Short finish. A very simple session beer that is highly drinkable. The only other Holiday Mail I know that is as well intentioned but as uninspired as this one is my aunt Lucy “Success in your studies and love life” Christmas card. I’m separated and graduated 15 years ago aunt Lucy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Pours copper with a white sticky head. Smells earthy with some light appley character. Tastes of biscuity malt with some underlying caramel and a peppery tea like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Pomegranate fruitiness blends into a toasted maltiness while leafy hops build to offer a noteworthy comment on the finish. This is another well-brewed and quaffable ale from Willimantic, but one which does not exude buoyant life.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim film of foam tops the reddish amber.
-The slender body possesses just enough residual sugars to offer something to chew on.
-The hoppy finish creates dryness rather quickly.
-That fruitiness is also redolent of cranberry juice.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Pours a transparent amber brown with a well-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty biscuity malt with a touch of English hops. Body starts soft and semi-sweet with some doughy notes and slightly earthy bittering hops. Has some lightly fruity esters as well. A pretty nicely-balanced and drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 29, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Clear, dark copper with a white head. Sweet malt nose, light spice, biscuit. Sweet malt flavors are followed with a mild nutty bitter. A light, candylike note appears as it warms, a bit like a glazed walnut. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Dark copper brew, flavor is bitter then malt then bitter for a great assault on the palate. Woody malty bitter finish, dry

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