Christmas Ale
Golden City Brewery

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3.65 | pDev: 0%
Golden City Brewery
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A: Cola brown with a thin head and a good ring of lace.

S: Light molasses scent with a strong licorice/anise presence. There's a touch of salt as well.

T: Licorice dominates and provides flavor against a medium body. There's a welcome, alcohol warming toward the finish. I also get hints of sasparilla. Overall, the flavors are novel but slightly gimmicky. It would be nice to have a more robust chocolate flavor to make this a really great brew.

M: Rich and smooth throughout. The uncommon spicing add nice growing flavor and complexity. One drawback: the finish is a little thin and asceptic. It would be perfect with greater length.

D: Very sweet and smooth.

Overall, a unique and tasty holiday ale. Check this out if you get the chance.

Update (Dec 2007): This year's Christmas Ale has addressed a lot of the flaws from last year (asceptic finish, overwhelming anise, water mouthfeely, salty aroma) and makes for a solid brown ale. Unfortunately, they've toned down some of the novel flavors so much that it's a little too tame. Perhaps the 2008 version will strike the perfect balance.... That said, this year's is a testament to how much a brewery can improve by tinkering with a beer: the holiday flavors are still there and now matched against a more standard, enjoyable backdrop.

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Christmas Ale from Golden City Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 1 ratings