Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.
A--Dark butterscotch or deep caramel body with an incredibly lasting one finger white foam head. The head sat like a collar on a pint of Guinness--very well done.
S--Lots of ginger, cinnamon, and either clove or allspice. No nutmeg I could detect, nor hops really. Slight malt notes in the form of an underlying bready sweetness, like honey-drizzled toast, and even some deep dark fruits like raisin and plum.
T--If you've had Smuttynose pumpkin ale this year (2008), then you know what this beer tastes like. It's pretty close, except without the pumpkin (and a twinge less hops), and being as that was my favorite pumpkin beer, that's saying a lot. The spice carries through the flavor spectrum alongside a pale ale/ESB-like background, with caramel and toffee malt to hang the ginger and cinnamon garland on and enough hop bite to keep the whole thing from being too heavy.
M&D-No complaints on either. Super smooth, the spices don't bog you down enough to keep you from having a couple, and the elevated ABV just made my family that much more tolerable this visit. Thank you Great Lakes for giving me a reason to go to Ohio!
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2008 23:07:44 | More by TheycallmeTim
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