Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mobyfann:
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Paid $8.99 for a growler at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY...
The beer pours a clear amber colored based with a medium white head, decent head retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma is a balanced mix of aromatic hops, sweet malts, caramel and cinnamon/anise.
The taste is exceptionally smooth, moderate body, slightly chewy and sweet. It is a perfect mix of the aforementioned aroma ingredients and finishes clean. It is crisp and clean in the mouth and at 7.5%abv is a seasonal pleaser, even if Christmas was a month ago.
Final Thought: Freaking awesome on-tap or in growler... just a great example of Great Lakes' versatility as a top national brewer.
Serving type: growler
01-18-2009 23:32:47 | More by mobyfann
More User Reviews:
3.69/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Body is deep amber-copper with excellent clarity. Head has poor retention.
Smells and tastes like a spicy brown ale. The spice mix says "winter holidays" and, while obvious and too strong for some ales, is not so powerful as to mask the solid caramel and medium roast malts used in this ale. Acceptably sweet.
Medium body with medium-light carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 00:38:04 | More by chinchill
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Christmas Ale - Freshness date of today.
A: Nothing special in the mahogany, amber body, not much head retention or lace. Average.
S: Nothing in the smell surprises. A sweet, malty caramel body with some dark, faint fruit.
T: Follows the smell, but more densely flavor packed. More malt over hops, and none of the spice or honey is heavy handed. A bit of cherry and peach on the mid- to finish. Better as it warms, but frankly, a little too cherry-cola, Dr Pepper, OHIO to my decidedly coastal palate.
Good balance. I'd rather a winter ale sticks its neck out further.
MF: well crafted like everything this brewer does, and you can feel it in the body and the finish.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 23:12:15 | More by Act25
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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