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Ralphie's Christmas Bock - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Ralphie's Christmas Bock
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8 Ratings
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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 19.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 12-23-2010)
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

12-11-2012 01:59:08 | More by t0rin0
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rand

California

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%

From growler to pilsner glass

A: Pours dark amber in color, clear, with a small but sudsy head. Little patches of lacing quickly cascade down glass.

S: Wow, big bouquet of holiday spice up front. This smells really Christmas-y, and with the yeasty quality, reminds me of freshly baked cinnamon bread or sugar cookies.

T: And the taste follows with obvious layers of spice at the front of the palate - cinnamon, sugar, clove and a touch of drying paprika. Caramelly sweet with strong notes of ripened fruit - banana, raisins. This ale might be "outside the lines", but everything works well, nicely balanced. Surprisingly, the sweet finish doesn't linger.

M: Given the rest of the flavors, you'd expect something oily, chewy, but this is pretty light in complexion. The beer definitely has the body of a bock.

An aptly named beer that was brought back for Christmas in July. It might stray from a traditional bock style, but the beer works for what it's trying to do. Really tasty, and going down pretty quickly for a hot summer night.

07-18-2011 06:04:09 | More by rand
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DCon

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Enjoyed on-tap @ Pizza Port Brewing in Carlsbad, CA for $5. Tapped from the Black Non-Labeled Tap Handle into a Pint Glass and split with Ralph(wouldn't you guess?).

Aroma- Starts with a rich, spicy start and ends with a light/blended malty aroma. Very strange for this style, but I'll take it.

Appearance- Received with a 3 finger head that is off white and stays around for a bit. Deep Copper/amber color body and can't really make out if it is clear or not. Leaves great amount of lace.

Flavor- Very complexed from the start... Has tons of spice again but then the malts come into play once again. Sweet finish with quite a bit of hop. Have to say I'm digging this beer!

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and Leaves spice on the palate.

Overall Impression- Seems like a very familiar holiday beer! Great amount of spice, sweet but strong, and such a great bock. The drinkability was medium and appropriate. I'm a huge fan of this brewery now!

07-16-2011 06:21:56 | More by DCon
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HopHead84

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

2/13/2011

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. 

A: Deep brown with a crimson tinge and a light brown head.

S: Big gingerbread aroma, with some brown sugar. Christmas spices are bold, mostly nutmeg and cinnamon. Molasses is light.

T: Strong gingerbread dough profile carries through to the flavor. Hey, this tastes like Christmas! Some nutmeg and a little cinnamon. Some evident molasses. Light grape notes accompany date and plum. A touch of booze. Dry finish.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall: Not really bock-like, but a tasty spiced holiday beers, in small quantities of course.

02-14-2011 03:21:21 | More by HopHead84
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Had this on-tap at Beachwood BBQ. I didn't initially post my review because the beer tastes almost exactly like Christmas Saves Ernest, and thought there was a mistake. Upon further investigation, this beer is just very similar to Christmas Saves Ernest.

On to the review...

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger or so of khaki colored head.

S: Smells quite spicy and perhaps even herbal. I get a lot of gingerbread type aromas such as molasses, ginger, and toffee. There's a bit of a dark fruit aspect to it and perhaps some chocolate.

T: The flavor is very similar to the nose with a big emphasis on the ginger notes. Molasses, toffee, and winter spices make up a lot of the flavor profile. Sweet, but not overly so. Really different...

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Definitely not what I was expecting from a Bock, but I guess it is a "Christmas Bock", though that really didn't mean anything to me.

02-01-2011 17:48:41 | More by womencantsail
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Gobzilla

California

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

A: poured a dark brownin color with brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Lots of herbal spice upfront on the aroma with molasses, toffee, caramel, and some nutty notes.

T: The herbal chracter was way more apparent on the palate with toffee, molasses, caramel accents but has a touch of spice as well.

M: The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a herbal, spice, and sweet finish.

D: I thought it drank decent but was way too earthy for me to be a bock style brew.

01-23-2011 21:33:44 | More by Gobzilla
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.05/5  rDev -43.5%

On tap at beachwood.

Served with 1 finger of khaki head. Some lace left. Color is an amber mahogany brown.

Aroma: Sweet with caramel and vanilla. Fairly malty. Syrupy with caramel. Some spices. Kind of big. Too much for a bock.

Taste: Fruity esters and spice. Caramel sweetness. Some vanilla. Pretty malty. Again, too much.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with more spices.

Overall, this was too much for a bock. Not very good. I would have never guessed this to be a bock.

01-18-2011 23:29:53 | More by mothman
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Halcyondays

California

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, brewed by Port Carlsbad,

A: Pours a deep brown with a moderate white head, light lacing.

S: Standard bock malty notes, hint of spice.

T: Very malty, but there is a light hop balance. Good flavours, noticable cinnamon and winter spice.

M: Medium-bodied, well structured, firm mouthfeel. Crisp biting carbonation.

D: Solid bock, I like the winter aspect, very much a winter lager.

12-23-2010 00:56:50 | More by Halcyondays
Ralphie's Christmas Bock from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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