Brewed by Hop Back
Style: English Strong Ale
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask: Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottle conditioned.
Sold in the UK as Hop Back Pickled Santa. Sold in the USA bottle only as Ridgeway Pickled Santa.
Chestnut in colour, strong in flavour, hints of cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zoucrew102 (2245) - - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle from coaltrain liquors. Aroma is malty with a few spices. I get nutmeg and cinnamon the most. Pours light chestnut color with thin white head. Taste is very malty with the above spices. Finishes smooth with a strong malty palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ehaak26 (751) - - DEC 26, 2017
Bottle from Beer of the Month club. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some other spices.

Ktwse (5676) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2017
Pours clear copper with low white head. Aroma of latex... this smells like a butt plug. Taste is bitter and bready up front followed by a medicinal and astringent finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2016
2" head.. pillowy and leaving behind a ton of lace.. the brew is a glowing tangerine... pretty. the nose is spicy.. sorta like a Belgian or German hefe yeast was used.. but more likely xmas spices are present.. clove and subtle orange peel. Flavor is toasted malts mainly with spices throughout.. nutmeg is also present on the palate.. body is medium with quite a bit of carbonation.

unclefrito62 (380) - Stow, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Surprisingly I really like this beer. It’s chestnut in color and the aroma might not be very inviting, but gosh this is good. You have a slight taste of the holidays with all the spices. Spices not taking this beer over. It sits well on the palate Not too hoppy. I gave it overall score of 17. I was amazed how drinkable this brew is. Can I have another? Please!

MayumiH (1224) - - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle at home. Lacking a bit of depth. It did go well with pistachio nuts, that’s for sure.

katrinaez (2355) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Orange color and odd flavor. Slight hops, medium ale, and even palate. Wouldn’t mind again, but won’t buy again. Bottle

superspak (6222) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2015
500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/28/2013. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of spices, bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted biscuit, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal hop/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light fruits, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of spices, bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good spiced English pale ale style. All around good robustness, complexity and balance of spices, bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

ElCapitan22 (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Pours a clear golden color, indicative of English ales. Smells of cloves and spices. Tastes very much of cloves, but isn’t horribly overwhelming. Could use some more spices besides clove, but all the holiday brews are typically over cloved. Not bad by any stretch, but just ok. This would be better drank in the winter.

SlimHabib (484) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle pour. Clear light copper (almost a dark gold) with a short lived off white head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander aroma. Medium body. Very light taste with only a light bitter.

mansquito (7136) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2015
New Beer Distributors, NYC 50cl ($3.50): Pours murky light brown with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is coriander, sugar, and nutmeg thereabouts. Taste is pretty mediocre. This tastes like a rum and coke, a bad rum and coke, but with less coke and rum flavor... I don’t know this is hard to explain. In any case, this is not very good.

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