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Christmas Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and strength. Here it is. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,746
Reviews:
420
Ratings:
1,089
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
173
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Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigPauly
1.42/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Ok, the label says malty...instead it should say hoppy. Almost no malty flavor comes through, typical overhopped craft type millennial beer. Nasty. Malty should have flavors of caramel, chocolate etc... instead this tastes like green grass. Actually you can smell the hops as you lift the glass. Probably wind up pouring the 5 other bottles in the sink. Won’t buy again.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattReily
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeremiah87
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a rich malty caramel / chocolate with a bit of toffee taste. I am a huge fan of these types of ales. This is easily an outstanding in my book. I do like the hoppy ones, but this is a great change of pace. Really good! Plus at around 8 bucks a 6 pack...hard to go wrong on this one.

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Photo of cshaffer
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffdr123
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, reddish brown. Not much of a head, but that's fine. It's a low-key winter warmer, compared to some. More of an interesting brown ale. I tasted the cookie dough, the caramel, and the hops to temper it all. A pleasant change of pace without tasting like someone drowned a Christmas cookie in my beer. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours a purpleish brown, clear and with hardly any head at all. The aroma is of raisins and dried fruit. The flavor is fairly mild and not very complex for most part. Not overly sweet and with bitterness that only shows up at the very end. Not as fully bodied as other winter warmers I've had before.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Atlanta.

Smooth, medium body with medium carbonation.

mahogany colored body with a very good off-white head.

Spicy aroma that correctly suggests that the the flavor may be a bit over spiced. Slightly bitter although lightly sweet up front.


Overall: ok but still disappointing.

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a pint glass.

Look: Red brown in color with a tan one finger head that very quickly collapses into a soapy residue.

Smell: A bold profile that mostly features malts and some corn.

Taste: Malts with some indistinguishable spices. Has flavor but still seems kinda watery.

Feel: Thin mouthfeel with average carbonation.

Overall: Not terrible but not very good either.

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Photo of mooseo
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BoozerBrad
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of token_23223
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 88caprice
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Orange-tinged, dark amber. Nice creamy head that stays and sticks to the glass.
Smells like caramelized roasted malts and dark sugar. Maybe some dried fruit.
Tastes big and malty. Sweet, but not syrupy. Like a sticky copper kettle. A slight spicy zing.
Body is full, a little chewy. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol presence.

Very nice.

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Photo of Octoberist
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of keng1343
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roby923
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber in color. Plenty of toffee, chocolate malts with hints of licorice. Lighter on the hops. Very smooth taste. Higher in ABV. Bottled from Total in Bmore.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Despite the low rating this has received, I really enjoy this as a winter beer. Enjoyed day after Christmas Day 2016 in Littleton, CO. It's an above average winter, but I would drink it again. Taste of lots of caramel and a little spice.

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Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,089 ratings
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