austinpowers (2832) - 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. Theydon_Bois (20215) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
Tap at the brew pub, Chelsea Pier - 01/03/12.
Listed at the brewpub as 9%ABV and titled ’Hoppy Holidays’.
Mid brown verging on dirty orange in colour with a small to medium white head.
Hoppy citrus nose with sweet malt and caramel background notes.
Again taste is citrus but not mega hoppy, get a little biscuit and caramel and grassy notes.
Medium bodied and easy drinking for it’s strength. trapped (3390) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 17, 2014
Drought. Hazy, rich orange-yellow, with whitish foamy head, slight hops aroma, low carbonation, sweetish hoppy taste, long finish. Good but not special. JoeMcPhee (9459) - 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. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2008
May 2007- Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC: Nice light red color, Bit of cheese and malt in the nose- malty and slightly hoppy taste. lgiht hoppy finish. NOt overly exciting.
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Had it on tap at the brewery. Reminded me a lot of holiday ales from Seattle - Maritime Pacific’s Jolly Roger to be specific. High alcohol dominates - tastes higher than it actually is (more like barleywine-level).