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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Our Christmas Ale is a robust E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter.) This brew has a lovely, dark red/amber color and a rich, full-bodied, malty taste with a slightly roasted undertone. We brew our Christmas Ale to an original gravity of 1064 (about 6.2% alcohol by volume) using only the finest English Pale and Crystal Malts with a touch of Roasted Barley as well. A blend of Clusters, Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Yakima Goldings leaf hops round out this hearty brew. Grittys Christmas Ale has no additives, fruits or spices. Its just a good honest ale, perfect for the season. And to top it all off, its already gift-wrapped! (Available on draft, in 22 oz bottles and 5 liter Mini-kegs from November through January)

12 oz. version, which is filtered, is brewed at Shipyard Brewing in Portland; 22 oz. version, which is not filtered and only sold locally, is brewed at Gritty McDuffs in Freeport

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (2061) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Pours brown/amber color with a cream colored head. Caramel malt and herbal hop aroma. Flavor is caramel malt with roasted notes and an earthy hop finish. I really like this app one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (1132) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Pours a reddish brown. Nose is ginger snaps and malt. Taste is somewhat sweet. Nice Christmas ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
osvdale (5) - - DEC 3, 2015 does not count
Youve heard of comfort food? Well this is comfort beer. A nice robust carmelly taste with a very crisp finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Erzengel (8495) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2015
* Old rating. 12 Fl.Oz. bottle, best before N 10. Dunkel-dickflssiges Bier, Gewrze, brauner Zucker, aber nicht sonderlich tief. Nicht sonderlich aromatisch-bitter, echt enttuschend...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (10062) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle shared by a friend from notes. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, brown sugar, nuts, some mild spices and earthy hops. Nothing great, but one of the better beers from these guys my friend was able to share.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
355ml bottle. Amber colour. Bready and a little boozy. A solid strong ESB; maybe higher rating than it merits because is is so to my personal taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (6228) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 5/20/14

Aroma: The aroma is rich and malty, fruity, some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar
Appearance: It pours a clear amber color with a fizzy beige head and occasional lace
Flavor: The flavor, like the nose, is rich and malty as well, pretty sweet, with a light bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a fairly thick texture, and a lively carbonation
Overall Impression: This is some pretty solid stuff, and pretty sweet too. The carbonation hurts the drinkability here a bit. Overall, this is a solid example of the style, but not something I see myself seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (5834) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a chestnut/copper colored body, small white one finger head, lacing slid quickly into the body. The smell had a sweet subdued caramel, slightly bready. The taste was pretty much the same, but coming through in a bland sort of way. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium, slightly sessionable, creamy aftertaste, sweet bready finish. Overage average for the style, but acutally I liked it and went nicely with some Christmas cookies.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (10562) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours coppery with off-white head. Nose is earthy, caramel malt, x-mas spice, with a spiced ESB flavor and medium palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arojewski (58) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Poured caramel with a thick head. Nose like maple syrup? Not especially bitter, but nearly sweet, reminding me of other sweeter brown ales.

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