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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Every holiday season Eel River Brewing Company brews a specialty beer called Climax Noel and each year it’s a different style. 2010’s Climax Noel is a selectively dry-hopped organic imperial red ale. Eel River Brewing Company used the finest Pacific Northwest organic malts and dry-hopped it with organic cascade, Amarillo and centennial hops.

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nuplastikk (6416) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
22oz Bomber. Thick reddish-brown color, foamy cinnamon beige-red head. I’m not really a big Amber malt guy, but this one really exceeds my expectations. Maybe I haven’t had a good Belgian Christmas Ale for awhile, but this one really captures the essence of that style, mellow spiced fruity tang, coalescing just right with the hops. Sweet red beet candi sugar tastes permeate through the whole time, alongside tropical mango and pineapple. An almost oily full body, but retains some smooth malt tones. Great stuff.

4
hayduke (5619) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
New from Eel River, this was from a 22 oz bottle that poured a rich dark red with a very robust off white head and good thick lacing. Very attractive pour. Nose was of caramel malts and floral and pine hops. Mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Flavor is both bitter and spicy and the finish is bitter as well. This was listed on the bottle as an Imperial Red but I would classify it as a winter warmer, because it was indeed just that. I have a feeling this will keep well in my beer cellar so in case this is going to be a limited offering I intend to lay in a few bottles.to entertain my beer loving friends this winter. This is excellent stuff.

4
mar (5436) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. dark amber pour with a thin cream head. nose is very thick with malts, caramel and fruits. nice on the palate with a smooth hop flavor that is backed with thick malts.

4
FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joe’s in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a dark orange-amber color with a small beige head. The aroma was crisp and fairly sweet with notes of coriander, lemon and BBQ sauce. The flavor was sweet, tart and fruity with coriander, cinnamon, orange, BBQ and smoke. Long finish. Fairly full bodied. Well done.

4
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
This brew has a floral, sweet, and boozy aroma. It is amber sunset red with a bubbly appearance. It starts malty sweet and the 9% abv hits you strong on the palate, like a Belgian should. It settles right after that unfortunately with nothing special at the end.

3.9
bhensonb (15621) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bomber. Dark reddish copper color with a decent beige head. Aromas of green leaves and spice. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. It’s a bit malty sweet, but there’s dark fruit to go with that. For me it’s a bit woody and astringent - despite the fruit sweet. Finishes not dry, but heading towards dry. There’s bitter to ward off the malt. Overall just excellent.

3.9
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Dark apricot pour, off white head. Aroma has some dried stone fruit, light spice, honey, and toffee. Flavor is very nice. Dried peaches and apricots, tupelo honey, pancakes and christmas cookies. Very enjoyable beer!

3.9
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Tap @ Holiday Ale Fest [2009 Vintage]... Poured amber/deep orange with a light, beige head. Aroma was fruity, ripe with apricots and dates. Mellow tasting, nots of caramel, apples, apricots, grapes, and wintery spices. Yeast flavors and some nice wine-like alcohol burn.

3.8
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber brune with an off white lacing. Yeast y fruit y ester pears, some plum, and spices. A bit cherry maybe a touch medicinal but that doesn’t bother me. Obvious etoh latent fruit tones and a bit peppery. Chewy cherry skins and stick with a yeast y warming sweet and hardly hoppy. Not the hoppy holiday ale that i was expecting but it will sure serve as a happy night cap.

3.8
bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. Ruby beer with a dark cream colored head. Yeast and sweet malt aroma with spice and fruity esters. Yeast, spice, and summer fruit flavor with malt backing. Medium-plus bodied. Yeast and spice lingers with summer fruit and malt. Alcohol well hidden. Nice.


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