Thursday, December 12, 2013
Breckenridge Christmas Ale (6/10)
Christmas Ale. They describe it as a full-bodied beer with a warming caramel flavor with medium hop character. It’s available from November through December.
The beer pours a clear dark brown with a thin beige head that lasts mere seconds.
The aroma is on the yeasty side, and very malty, with a hint of hops.
The flavor is similar to that. It starts with a kind of dark-roasted malt bitterness, followed by ginger and nutmeg. The finish is mildly bitter, a combination of the bitterness of the roasted grain and hops.
Neither Beer Advocate or Rate Beer is especially fond of this one. Rate Beer gives it a 51. Beer Advocate rates it 79/83 or okay/good. I’m somewhere between the two, with a 6/10 rating. It’s not bad, but there are other Christmas Ales I like much more.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Bitter
Spice Level: Low
Hops Level: Low
Dominant Flavors: Roasted grain, hops
My Rating: 6/10