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Christmas Ale - Olde Hickory Brewery

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66 Ratings

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Loki on 12-29-2003)
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

bcp5296d, May 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

cwguy5, Jan 03, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Christmas Ale ha a lite cinnamon taste. The ginger flavor is slightly heavy. While I enjoy spicy tastes in winter beers this one is a little weak in flavor overall. It was very hard to taste any orange flavor or honey. I think with a little tweaking they could have a great winter ale.

bwiles, Jan 01, 2014
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3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

on-tap at Mac's Speed Shop on South Blvd

I do not understand breweries like Olde Hickory that seem to crush the more challenging styles (barrel aged beers, imperial IPA's, etc) but consistently trips over themselves when crafting more basic beers. Christmas Ale is just the latest example - a crappy and muted winter warmer at best. Bland spicing, 'off' malt profile, artificial ginger. Not good.

dirtylou, Dec 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

dharmabum1102, Dec 19, 2013
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AngusOg, Dec 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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Amedlin18, Dec 06, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This comes out of the bottle like a carbonated bomb with a rush of bubbles that built a huge head of fizz and then a ton of tiny bubbles racing throughout the body. The color was a ruddy brown with dashes of orange in it.

The aroma is fruit cake that has been spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Very nice, very Christmas, I just wish the candy dried fruit was a little more segregated.

This is Christmas on the tongue with a malty, fruity body but tons of spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. Really like the flavors.

The feel is a bit airy, but exceedingly crisp. Maybe not a winter sipping beer but a rather refreshing Christmas Day drink.

KYGunner, Dec 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

mwbrady12, Jul 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

abernethyj, Jul 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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DaPan, Apr 11, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber from Bottle Revolution

a: poured into a wide piraat snifter, this christmastime drank is a light amber maple in color, supporting a tight off-white head with spotty retention

s: some amber malty sweetness in the form of caramel, bready, a nice, modest spice presence - the cinnamon, fresh ginger, and orange peel blend together nicely; nice earthy/sweet honey aroma - that doesn't hold up too often in the final product, lightly hopped with a subtle dried grass aroma, smells like holiday cookies

m: lightly dosed with smooth carbonation, body around medium

t: malty caramel with tastefully applied holiday spice combine to create a flavor reminiscent of holiday baked goods, the cinnamon comes out most with ginger just behind, good dark honey flavor, the malting here is on the lighter side for a holiday ale - which works well as it leaves room for the spice and honey to really round out the flavor, only slightly sweet to start - soon swept up by a moderately acidic but benignly flavored hop profile, the bitterness is a little dry and metallic and maybe a little off kilter - but not a major issue, lingers nicely on the tongue

o: while I'm a fan of spiced Christmas ales - even the fairly extreme ones - I enjoyed the restraint used in spicing this one, it's easily noticeable and a prominent feature, but nicely balanced with lightly sweet amber malts

blackie, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

KevinGordon, Feb 04, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an extremely lightly hazy medium amber in color with some ruby red and copper highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two to three finger tall dense foamy beige head (with a little bit of sudsiness near the surface) that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with some honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Overall the aroma is slightly sweet.

T: Overall this beer is lightly sweet but not cloying in any way, upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with just the lightest touch of honey. There are some slightly stronger flavors of spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and a touch of clove.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy but perhaps a little bit thinner than expected for the style.

O: This beer has a really nice holiday flavor - similar to a sugar cookie or snickerdoodles. I found it to be pretty enjoyable but I might have preferred it to be a little more cloying and a little heavier in body.

dbrauneis, Jan 17, 2013
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Christmas Ale from Olde Hickory Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.