BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Nice bubbley palate, with just the right amount of cranberry in the finish. Tart yet smooth, very drinkable. bhensonb (15600) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
The aroma is sweet cranberry. Or it is cranberry and raspberry. It is sweet berry. A luminescent apricot amber color with a decent white head. Starts berry sweet, and a bit thin. The bitter cranberry competes with what might be hop. In the event it finishes interestingly bitter. Not an ideal match for hot salsa. My bad. It’s really good though. So I am off the average - way off. My good. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2004
RBSG 2004: Orange red with tiny particles. Lemon, pine needles and cranberries make up the nose, flavor is sweet, body medium. Nice too try, I doubt that I could drink a whole bottle. bcbcdude (2) - Chico, California, USA - FEB 3, 2005 does not count
I’m not one to drink a lot of fruity beers, but the light cranberry aroma and the slight tartness that it adds to the flavor really worked. Pour it in a glass and forget that its called Christmas Ale. Ernest (7785) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle, Portland, summer 2004. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of plum, fruitcake/candy, orange peel. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. I rather liked this, actually...quite a looker, and has a pleasant aroma and flavor balance. Not all that rich, but we’re not talking about an Imperial stout here.
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
sampled at RBSG 04
I’m in the minority on this one. I liked it. Pours red, with a big cranberry nose. The flavor is tart, crisp with a tangy finish. I happen to like cranberries irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
pours a hazy amber with poor head formation/retention. nose mildly berry-like, with perhaps some earthy hop notes. fruit flavor up front, with some hoppy dryness in the finish. more hop flavor and bitterness than usual for the fruit beer style. drinks rather well-dry for a fruit beer, without the usual cloying sweetness.
hopscotch (11180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle... Cloudy peach-colored ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. The aroma is basically “canned peaches meet caramel malt.” Tangy, lightly sweet flavor with good bitterness. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Fruity, tannic, gently bitter finish. Thanks go out to DragonStout for sharing the bottle! beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Medium brown color, tints of cranberry, slightly cloudy. Small to no head. Aroma is cranberries (DUH!), fruitcake and spices. A medium bodied ale/fruit beer. The cranberry flavor is more in the nose and aftertaste than in body of the beer. It has a nice malt backbone and some hop kick to go with all that cranberry flavor, As it warms it picks up a nice fruit tartness and the flavor mellow and smoothes. An interesting beer, if you don’t object to cranberries. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a distinct cranberry flavor. mjg74 (3151) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Pors a hazy orange/brown color. Has a mild wheat like aroma with a hint of tartness. Tastes like a wheat with some cranberry sweetness and and a slightly bitter finish.