JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Deep amber beer with light haziness. Fresh piney hop aroma over a soft sweet caramel malt base. Brown bread and a touch of spiciness as well. Warming brings out some peach/orange hop aroma as well. Flavour shows toffee, caramel, and other medium crystal malts. Light spiciness and pine flavour. A disturbing hint of diacetyl that I’m not a fan of, but otherwise a decent, if uninspired ASA. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2006
on cask at hop devil. pretty mellow for this sort of gengre. red amber color clear with a large bubbled tan head that rushed away quickly. mostly hop flavors dominate the nose of spicy greens. flavor on the palate is similiar from the nares. slight possible rock candy feel but not much hint of clove. more of a pale ale feel to me. Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Tap at brewpub. Told by Mark that its the only brew on the menu that used an adjunct: brown sugar. Interesting. Just a little bit of spice in there as well. A smidgen. Mainly centers around hops but it *is* HOPPY Holiday. beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2004
8.25% ABV so they say. You don’t really taste it all that much though. Amarillo hops used in it, so says Brewer Mark. Berry-cherry aroma. Nice syrupy Christmas taste. Just mellow enough--not over the top on the flavoring attempt. Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2004
Draught, at Chelsea Brewery, Pier 59, New York.</br>
Amber with a peachy, lovely lacy white head. Clear and well conditioned. This beer drank well. Hoppy to be sure but no other Christmas flavours noticeable. No spice but some smooth malt notes. I’d have to agree with Austinpowers on this one, the flavour isn’t as long as it could be.
austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Moderate hop bite from this decent Chelsea Brewing product that has more bitterness up front that doesn't linger all that long. This beer isn't spicy or particularly malty so don't come expecting a winter warmer or "Christmas Ale" because I'd simply consider it a mild APA or a bitter Amber. Solid and respectable, but I wish the brewers at Chelsea would take some risks and brew, say, a schwarzbier or a scottish ale.