Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery
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Reviews by psuKinger:
2.95/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Bottle poured into my Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass. The artwork on the label is full of Christmas Cheer. Let's hope the liquid hidden behind it is as well.
A: Pours a dark ruby red/light brown shade, with an almost-white head on top, about a fingers worth, that foamed up nicely and formed big "pancake batter" bubbles off to the right side.
S: Lots of malt in the nose. Caramel more than toffee. A touch bready, maybe a hint of grass. Also perhaps the slightest hint of spice (nutmeg?). Will confirm on the taste.
T: Holiday spices shine through almost immediately, much more so than in the nose. Underneath is a strong caramel backbone. Hops aren't readily apparent on the first sip, but over time they accumulate in the back of the tongue on the finish. Not a particularly bright, citrusy hop; more of an earthy, pine bitterness.
This beer runs a little sweet, and the caramel is unbalanced for my liking. It is, however, not as far off-balance as some that rely so heavily on caramel malts... the spices and the way the hops accumulate help to maintain some semblance of balance.
M: Thick, full, and sticky. Lots of tongue coating. Carbonation is present, but I'd like to see a bit more, personally.
D/O: Not a bad offering from Breckenridge, but I'm just admittedly not a huge fan of all that Caramel malts. The hops and spices gave it a little mileage for me, but in the end it just feels like I'm being bludgeoned by syrupy/bready caramel sweetness, and I'm just not digging it.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2011 20:53:44 | More by psuKinger
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
3.1/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours dark with one finger of light tan foam, not cloudy but not clear. A little carbonation.
Smell: Sweet, apple, floral, malt.
Taste: Light fruity taste with a little bit of malt in the background. Very little hop bitterness.
Mouth Feel: Smooth and medium bodied. Easy to drink.
Over All: An easy drinking beer but I was a bit disappointed as it was not what I expected for a winter warmer. The beer just did not give me a satisfying finish for the style. Not a bad beer but not what I expected.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2014 00:30:15 | More by Bierwolf
Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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