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Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale

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very good

2,727 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,727
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 144
Gots: 508 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

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Quite an attractive pour-golden caramel set beneath a mound of off white head that settles down easily yet never vanishes. Wonderful seasonal quality to the nose with all the spices chiming in-cinnamon and nutmeg first then a tease of ginger enveloped in sweet malt. In the mouth the beer comes off very aggresive in the way of alcohol. The cinnamon is a tad too aggresive as well, and comes off as overtly hot/spicy. The finish is of those red cinnamon balls your Grandmother used to pawn of on you when you were young. This beer tastes as if it might be an Elliot Ness in an all spiced up holiday package. A decent holiday treat from a great brewery. This would go well with some bread pudding perhaps.

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Pours out a copper color you can see through, light tan head that seems to die out quickly. Smells of cinnamon and caramel sweetness very Christmas-like. Tastes like cinnamon, nutmeg, pretty mild notes nothing too overpowering. Very balanced and mild. Seemed to be a little under carbonated to me, but it was a decent beer, definitely not my favorite Christmas brew.

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A- Wonderful dark reddish amber color. Decent head.

S-Smells like Allspice by McCormick.

T- The taste definitely has spice in it, but I feel that it is a bit sour. Granted, this is my first Christmas Ale, but that bit detracts from my overall impression. Besides the sourness, I can definitely taste cinamon, maybe nutmeg, and a perhaps a dash of ginger.

M-Mouth feel is a little watery. Could a bit more body.

D- Excellent for around the holidays. This beer I feel is best served with food, such as spiced ham, rather than by itself. The two could compliment each other immensely.

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*As a side note, I somehow came across drinking this while eating a tart lemon-raspberry desert bar after the initial review, and it tastes magnificent.

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Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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