Christmas Ale 2011 - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by teromous:
4.4/5 rDev +37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
A: The color of this beer is dark brown with hints of red, similar to a stained rosewood table. Unfortunately there is no real head on this at all. Despite the opacity of its color, there is no haze or turbidity. No lacing to speak of.
S: Wow, I really get a punch in the face with hops. I know that this style is very open to interpretation, but it is clear that they've taken the AIPA approach on this one! I pick up very strong resinous and pine-like hops. It literally smells like a fresh bag of opened hops, and I don't think I can make it any clearer than that. I don't pick up any spice, which I'm still on the fence about. I know that Christmas ales usually have spice additives.
T: I get a very earthy flavor from this. It has a kind of oak flavor, backed by the very strong hop flavor of pine and resin. It tastes almost exactly as it smells. There is considerable bitterness, but it is not overwhelming. It's nearly perfect.
M: The mouthfeel is pretty good. I think that it could be carbonated a bit more. It has a very solid presence in the mouth, but it doesn't really dance like I feel it should.
O: Overall I thought this was a very good beer. If you're looking for something with holiday spice, this is not it. To me this is more of a "winter warmer" which is perfect for the holidays. IPA fans will be thrilled. I am definitely satisfied with this beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2011 22:59:13 | More by teromous
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Christmas Ale 2011 from Abita Brewing Co.
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