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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our traditional Christmas Ale, brewed with Pale, Wheat, Munich and Dextrine malts and hopped with Magnum and Styrian Goldings varieties. Delicately spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and pure vanilla extract.

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3.1
Homer321 (5166) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Draft. Moderate vanilla and cinnamon. Some allspice and clove. Not much hop character in aroma. Taste is like licking a Christmas candle. At least it isn’t full of spruce. Meh.

2.8
mR_fr0g (13154) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Draft at the Marin brewing company larkspur. Light hazed mid orange coloured pour with a pale white froth. Aroma is subdued, woody, cinnamon, orange pale grains. Flavour is composed of semi sweet grains, orange rind, nutmeg and cinnamon, little stale grains component. Palate is highish carbonation, hints of spice in the finish. Drying. Not terrible.

3
monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2014
A fairly basic but well balanced ale. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Smells of berries and a bit of herbs and citrus. Taste is a little bit boring, fruity with a slightly pale finish. Had. On tap at the brewery.

2.7
slowrunner77 (12569) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"i had this beer in 2006 and 2007, and it slightly misses the mark for me. the spices and hop flavor just didn’t come together. not bad at all, but nothing special."

2.4
Jhackmeister (13) - Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2014
A very interesting brew. The pour is dark orange with a big, bright white head that sticks around and laces nicely. The aroma is lacking but a faint whiff of tropical hops is accompanied by some orange peal. First you get a nice malt and hop balance on the palate, but the finish of orange and vanilla confuses you a bit. Overall a nice one and done beer for the holiday season.

3.4
jdavidh (164) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Nice color with a lightly spicy and floral nose. Surprising flavor - great spiciness reminds me of old world gruut beer spices. Quite a bit of orange too. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
This beer is interesting in that it confused the palate, going in so many directions. Can almost feel a pale ale edge to it, then it turns into more of a winter warmer with its spice notes. The aroma isn’t very good though, would have liked spices, hops, or malts more upfront. The vanilla aftertaste, especially as it warms, is strange. Not bad, but strange. Seems out of place.

3.4
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours golden brown with a small head that recedes quickly. Nose is heavy spice, cloves, ginger and cinnamon. Dark fruits marry in with the spice to create and clone of a fruitcake. The taste is sweet, but loses sweetness to dullness momentarily before transitioning to a small bitter finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, body is light and finish is long.

3
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Its kind of like drinking a xmas candle. Light body. Light amber pour with thin white head. Lots of herbal notes, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla. Pine. Oily finish. Not a fan of this one.

3.3
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark copper with a quickly subsided head.

Aroma: Dried cranberry, plum, honey, holly berry, cinnamon. Basically a holiday yankee candle.

Taste: Honey like malt, baked apples and cinnamon. Nutmeg and hop spice. Alcohol well hidden. Touch of ginger. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation.

Overall: Nothing hoppy about this beer, but very much "holidaze."


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