Christmas Ale. It’s a dark ale brewed for the holidays. The recipe reportedly changes annually. The beer is available November through December.
It pours a dark brown color, about like a slightly watered down cola.
The head is beige and relatively coarse, and leaves behind quite a bit of spotty, stringy lacing in the glass.
The aroma is mildly hoppy, with a hint of pine to it. I get some malt and maybe a bit of nutmeg there.
The flavor matches the aroma. It’s mildly hoppy, hoppier than I’d care for in a Christmas Ale but not nearly as hoppy as Revolution Fistmas or Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale. There is a strong malt color, as you’d expect for the color. There’s something else here, too. I can’t tell if it’s ginger or nutmeg, or maybe both. It’s subtle. The “holiday” flavor I look for in a Christmas Ale just isn’t here.
Beer Advocate, with only 25 ratings, gives it a 74 or “okay”. Rate Beer gives it only a 32. If you average out those ratings, you’ll get mine: 5 out of 10. That puts it in the “more or less as appealing as a Budweiser” level.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Bitter
Spice Level: Very Low
Hops Level: Medium
Dominant Flavors: Hops, Malt
IBU: Unknown, but estimate around 24-28
My Rating: 5/10