blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2002
light (but not flavorless) and smooth. a good ale for all seasons. I’m suprised it’s a spice/herb/etc... the best of that breed. NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2002
I seem to have developed a high sensitivity for ginger, and to my palate, this is essentially a ginger beer. Lightly sour with noticable alcohol. A nice beer, but not really one that suits my tastes. I should have followed the label’s recomendation to have this with a holiday meal. Thanks Dogbrick. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2003
You just got off your connecting flight late and have 15 minutes until the next flight leaves. Youve got a ways to go to the next gate. What do you do, walk to the gate or sprint to the airport bar, down a beer and sprint back? I took option B. Pours a deep reddish-brown with some brighter red-auburn highlights. Medium amount of yellowish head, small amount of lacing, filtered. Aroma of nutmeg, some sweeter ginger (due to the malt) and more spice. Begins with some nutmeg and ginger but has a good enough malt backbone to back it up. Light caramel malt flavor, very spicy all the way through the body. Finishes on a drier hops note. Reminded me alot of last year's Anchor OSA, though was sweeter due to a large amount of honey flavoring that lingers. It's like a honey ginger beer (well I've only had one honey ginger) with some cinnamon and a bit more caramel malt. Medium body, a bit of wateriness, carbonation not a problem as it warms, a bit too sweet to really be outstanding. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Clear amber with minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet, ginger, some nutmeg. Taste is strong ginger, some fruity (slightly artificial blueberry), minimal bitterness. Light-medium body. egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Best by 11/04. Pours an amber red color with a small bubbly off white head and some lacing. Very mild, fruity aroma, nutmeg, and some ginger too. Spicy tastes, including cinnamon, and a quick dry finish. Overall I look for something alittle heartier in a winter warmer.
Cartoonkhaki (1275) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
Amber gold with beige head not much head at all... Cinnamon in the aroma Grapes as well.. Cinnamon flavour... slight nutmeg and cloves ... mute and subtle.. refreshing clean dry sweet slight alcoholic flavour.... heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 Pours with no no head and light red and orange coloring. The aroma is ginger bread and bananas. The taste is fairly sweet with caramel, nutmeg and some peach notes coming through. Overall, a little bland, but still very drinkable. Thanks for sharing this one Frank! DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Weakly-spiced Christmas ale, not terribly interesting. Ginger, bark, grassy hops. Sampled on tap at the Map Room.
Re-rating 3/14/2006 - Bottle. Clear light brown body, thin white head. Big spiced aroma - nutmeg, honey, ginger. Pine resin, cinnamon bark and honied caramal make up the primarly bitter flavor. OK. Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Delicate balance to this version of the holiday ale. A bit too much honey which off-set some of the hop balance that I was looking for. Good overall version of the style, but I’ll take a SNCA for a favorite wintertime warmer. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 10, 2005
The aroma is a mixture of cinnamon and ginger. Christmas Ale pours a copperish red and has a fully lasting tan head. There is lacing. The flavor begins with a sweetness and grows into a spicy finisih of cinnamon and ginger.