Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. From this year (just put out) but no date stamp on bottle that I could find.
Appearance: Nice deep ruby red clear color when held up to the light, otherwise coppery on the table. Off-white 1/4" foam upon pouring, leaving a persistent thin foam across teh top the whole way down. Persistent strands and islands of lace noted.
Smell: When first poured and still a bit cold, the barest hint of cinnamon and some piney hops thrown there. As it warms up, the cinnamon becomes more muted as do the piney hops, and the malt comes out a bit more. Still pretty faint though at all temperatures.
Taste: Spicy up front - cinnamon maybe? Hard to tell, as it all blends together pretty fast with the roasted malt and bitter hop finish. Hops are a mix between piney and citrus and tea-like bitterness. The hop balance is better towards piney and citrus as the beer warms up.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but the hop oils really stick to my teeth with this one. Definitely thicker than water, maybe even a little creamy under the carbonation.
Overall / Drinkability: A decent winter warmer. I suspect it would have been better in a snifter given the weak aromas. I wasn't sure about the spice and hop combination, but by the end of the glass it grew on me and I found it enjoyable. Again, decent. Not outstanding, not amazing, but decent and worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2011 23:24:25 | More by damndirtyape
More User Reviews:
4.83/5 rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Seasonal beers are definitely not my thing but if anything out beats the crown vally imperial pumpkin in the seasonal category it's this Christmas ale by Breckenridge it's absolutely amazing the taste is great very flavorful it has a nice color and it is a beer that you could drink at anytime I've even seen it come in mini kegs and that's bad ass around Christmas you would be insane to not pick this up if you see it
Serving type: on-tap
02-28-2014 03:13:25 | More by nbaradel443
Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.