basaywhat (312) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2017 gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2013 Had this one on draught at the brewpub in Chicago, Illinois. Just a spectacularly spicy and pine hoppy beer.
12 oz can. Pours a nice amber mahogany brown color with a nice head. Nose is sweet and spicy with ginger and cinnamon. Taste is a little hoppy with orange citrus and full of flavor. Finish is fruity and sweet. Drjohnrock (841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2017
From draft flight at BIERmarkt USA on January 14, 2017. Red/amber color, nice fruit/hop nose, good bittersweet flavor with caramel and dark fruit. Isn’t overloaded with spice like a lot of Christmas beers. Good change of pace holiday brew. phranq (250) - - JAN 25, 2017
Pours clear copper. Smell is sweet malt faint fruit and spice. Clean crisp body, pine fruit resin taste, nice finish shigadeyo (3788) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Evergreen/pine and citrus hops in the aroma; cloudy orange color with lasting ivory-colored head; lots of spruce and ginger with some pine hops and a subtly aggressive bitterness, bitter peel in the finish and afertaste; medium to medium-full body, smooth texture; pretty good holiday brew that has a good balance of spice and hops, although i would have preferred slightly more pine/spruce and slightly less ginger, definitely different than many holiday brews. Slipstream (2702) - USA - JAN 14, 2017
Draft at Dinosaur Bbq. I always try the ones with crazy names. Lightly spicy ale, some sweetness, and a yeasty, bready flavor. The holiday spices are lacking - maybe it is not fresh and the flavor faded, or they held back the spicing in this batch. This didn’t really move me much.
Finhead (1814) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Clear, amber pour with a frothy, off-white head. The aroma is a little spicy with notes of ginger. It has a medium body with slightly sticky texture and average carbonation. The taste is bittersweet with a lingering finish. jflopsu (1795) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Pours a clear amber with light tan head. A sweet caramel, malt and winter since aroma. A sweet winter spices taste with pine, hops, and sweet malts. A lingering winter spice aftertaste. hivemind (922) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2016
12.13.2016 Can at home from Whole Foods Billyburg Pours a dark purply-copper amber with giant eggshell head into shaker. Bread and veggie scents. Malt-forward palate with notes of plant and some dark grains. Not a lot of the holiday spice flavor that I would expect from a Christmas brew (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, etc.) so it fell a little flat for me although I do get some of the orange if I look for it. hainer (20) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Just on the right side of too much of everything - except maybe for carbonation. The beer pours a nice, not too opaque, amber. Taste starts with a strong dose of ginger but that spice doesn’t overstay its welcome, or overpower the citrusy, herbal hints. A well done trick, perfect for the season. Chalumeaux (1702) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Poured from can ruby red with a nice tan head. Aromas of spices bread caramel malt and cookies. Taste is caramel spices linger breads and grain.