RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Until Barley’s Christmas Ale was born, we stuck strictly to the essential ingredients of beer: malt, hops, water and yeast.

When it came time to brew Barley’s Christmas Ale though, we drop everything we’re doing, grab some chairs (and beers!) and sit around zesting oranges while we chat. We add them and fresh young ginger, whole cinammon sticks and organic honey to the brew. It’s hard not to get cheerful when doing such a special task.

Barley’s Christmas Ale has become a tradition around these parts. We have received many communications from fans around the country thanking us for brewing this classic.

Just a few snippets...

"Barley’s Christmas Ale is the reason I come home for the holidays!" --Pittsburgh

"Drinking this ale puts a person into the festive spirit. My husband and I celebrated the holidays drinking this ale- now 9 months later, we have the outcome. :)" --Columbus

And this email that came in recently...

"Dear Barleys,

I owe you a long overdue thank you for your Christmas Ale. I’ve been coming there and getting my jugs filled with that delicious ale for several years now. I look forward all year to when your Christmas Ale returns. It has been a favorite brew of mine for many years.

My holiday season officially starts at the moment I pour that first pint and take the first sip.

I usually leave a pint for Santa on Christmas Eve and awake to find the glass empty and a few extra treats in my stocking.

He’s a big fan. Thanks again!"

Happy Holidays from everyone at Barleys.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

alexsdad06 (10583) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2017
Draft to taster in a flight at Barleys from notes. Pours a clear amber/copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have ginger, cinnamon, orange peel over a light caramel malt base, decent enough.

ARH (1135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2014 On tap, poured into a sampler glass. Spice aromas are noticeable off the pour, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, with secondary notes of citrus and caramel. The oily, clear caramel-copper beer is topped by a medium, dense, white ring with surface wisps and leaves at light lace. The taste is a medium sweet and medium light bitter. The texture is syrupy with a fizzy carbonation and a medium, spicy body containing flavors of caramel, spicy orange with a spice and citrus crescendo at the finish. Very clean, spice aftertaste that’s light and short; very pleasant finish and aftertaste for a Christmas brew.

DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4oz on tap at Barleys on Dublin. Clear golden orange color. Thin off-white head. Leaves ridge and spots of lace. Medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Spice, and some earthy piney spicy hop. Light to moderate bitter, light to moderate sweet. Not as sweet as your typical winter ale, not as dark, kind of hoppy, but mild overall. I guess that makes sense, since they’re calling it a golden ale. Interesting, using a golden ale as the base for a winter beer is pretty unique.

Shot (548) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
On tap at Barley’s Smokehouse. Light copper color with a very thin head that dissipates completely. Aromas of cinnamon, brown sugar and a hint of citrus. Flavors are bread and muted cinnamon, clove, honey and just a bit of citrus. Crisp mouthfeel. Good ale.

LilBeerDoctor (4032) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
On tap at Barleys Smokehouse. Pours a clear ruby orange with a thin white head. Aroma of lots of spices including ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet malt. Less ginger and other spices. Ok Christmas ale- very sweet and heavily spiced. 6/4/6/3/12 (3.1/5)

Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Cinnamon and spice and everything nice about a Christmas ale, just a little past its prime

Imaena (2328) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JAN 28, 2013
Draught. Wow this is a spicy beer. Like taking a shot of nutmeg. It is good for the season but be ready to a flavor explosion.

chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
The beer pours an orangy copper color with a light white head, light carbonation. The aroma is light nutmeg, cinamin, pine and alcohol. The taste is light and delicate which is good because with the aromas this beer could be really overwhelming. The taste you get are a lots of tart pine and alcohol dominating with nutmeg mixed in there. The beer is too watery and not very drinkable. Overall a decent spiced winter beer.

JaBier (8112) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2008
On tap at the Smokehouse. Pours a clear amber with a minimal off-white head. Spicy aroma of cinnamon, clove and ginger. Lots of cinnamon flavor mixed with a bit of tartness, followed by the ginger and clove flavors. Medium finish.

ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2008
On tap. Pours a coppery color with a smallish white head. Aroma is ginger, ornage peel, clove, cinnamon, Flavor is again orange zest, clove, ginger, cinnamon, light caramel. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished spicy and sweet. Not very well balanced, soso.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5