Happy Trails Christmas Ale | Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery

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Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2004

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Photo of Stignacious
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of klesniew
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Kegatron
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Merrifield location on 12/11/09. Served in a pint glass that was initially garished with a bunch of "ginger cookies and sugar sprinkles" as the board stated. I asked for a non-garnished pint as I don't need candy coating in my beer.

Pours a fairly clear coppery amber, with a thin covering of foamy off-white head. This fizzles out very quickly, leaving almost zero retention or lacing behind after only a bit. The aroma is mostly malty sweet, with notes of roast and bread. Some fruity sugars and some spicy floral character give this a festive feel in the nose.

The taste is similar, with sweet toasted malts and a good bit more of that fruity character running through the middle. A moderately aggressive tingle of spicy hops drys the back of this out nicely. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit lighter, with a solid firmness to the carbonation that makes the spice and hops jump that much more.

Take all of the junk off the rim of the glass and this wasn't bad at all. Plenty of festive spicing and roastiness to this plus the crisp body kept this nicely drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought home in a growler from the Stirling location. Served chilled in a pint glass. This version was spiced with "orange peel, hibiscus, chicory, rose hips, blackberry leaves, and more..."

Appearance: Clear, iced tea brown topped by a light beige frothy head. A small film of bubbles is all that is retained after a minute or so. Scanty webs of lacing.

Smell: Spicy aromas of cinnamon, sweet glae and some chicory. Slightly floral character. All overlaid on some caramel malts.

Taste: Caramlized and bready malts and earthy, smoky chicory (somewhat coffeelike in the Cafe du Monde sense). Bitter finish from the same. The chicory is rather prominent.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with somewhat lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: If you like Cafe du Monde coffee, you might like this. Decently enjoyable, but not all that wowing.

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Happy Trails Christmas Ale from Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 4 ratings