Christmas Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

Christmas AleChristmas Ale
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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

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.

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Ratings: 1,081 |  Reviews: 418
Photo of magine
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear dark brown mahogany . Nice fluffy off white head. Head settles to a wispy island and leaves a nice ring of lace along the edges. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of caramel, piney earthy hops and some cocoa. Pretty good nose.

Brew is initially spiced and has some nice flavors; caramel, piney hops. Good balance in the middle. Cant notice the abv, even though it sits at 7.4%. A little thin and not a big punch in the flavor department for a winter warmer - but tasty none the less. Good brew.

A good offering, goes down easy as well. Pretty good stuff though.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance is a reddish/chestnut color, fairly translucent, with a one-finger light tan head that recedes rapidly to little lacing.

Smell is primarily toasted bread crust, a little raisin, touch of nutmeg.

Taste just doesn't hold up for me. The bread crust and malt are certainly there, but not a lot else, save for a slight bitterness on the finish.

Decent carbonation and medium body, but overall this beer just seems a little thin to me. No complexity at all, not horrible, just nothing to make me want another.

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Photo of blange3
4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of oatmeal. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, all spice, earthy malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, but average at best in other aspects.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Cloudy ruby brown pour with one finger of white head that stayed around a bit and left a nice cover.

S – Hops with a touch of bitterness.

T – Like the nose it starts with lightly bittering hops. Nice malt character. Caramel sweetness. Toasty and piney. Warming alcohol effect at the end.

M - Medium to high carbonation and body. Creamy on the palate.

O – Nice solid brew here. Easy drinker and tasty all around.

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Photo of Heischman
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Christmas Ale/Breckenridge Brewery
City/State- Breckenridge, Colorado
STYLE – Winter Warmer
ABV – 7.4%
IBU – 22
DATE – 13 DEC 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
GLASSWARE – Tall footed Pilsner
APPEARANCE – A light red almost pink in color. A nice thick white head sitting at a full inch of small bubbles . great lacing
AROMA- Sweet and fruity with a hint of spice and bread
TASTE – Malty with notes of rasin and and a mild spice to it.
MOUTHFEEL – A little thick but crisp at the same time. Good level of carbanation
CONCLUSION – A nice refreshing Christmas ale, I am little disappointed that 7.4% ABV is not noticeable. Must be careful with this brew

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Photo of DannyDan
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a reddish brown hue with a thin whitehead that maintains some retention and moderate lacing.
S. Raisins with a bread malt and roast coffee.
T. Starts out with caramel, breadmalt and raisins. It is followed by some more sweet malts and finishes off with hints of coffee and a slight alcohol taste.
M. A rather smooth and easy drinking for a 7.4 ABV beer.
O. A rather good beer to enjoy on Xmas.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - medium brown with red highlights, brilliantly clear, a white head that fades quickly to the edge of the glass and leaves a small pangea of bubbles cloistered in the middle

S - warmly "spiced" malt character. It's not an herbal spiciness, but instead a yeasty one. lots of bread crust character

T - malt comes across fairly one note, although the spicy/fruity yeast character provide some incentive to continue drinking. The low bitterness makes for a non-eventful end to the sip.

M - mod-high carbonation, but still manages to remain pretty smooth.

O - A non-eventful ale. There is something I can't figure out - I keep thinking it's diacetyl in the aftertaste. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it's there on purpose. Anyway, a decent beer, but I'm not running out for more.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.49/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives you a pretty decent off white to light brown head resting atop a clear caramel red colored ale.

The aroma is a weak nutmeg and or other Christmas type spices mixed in with some caramel malt.

The taste was pretty weak also, more of the nutmeg and other Christmas type spices with a weak hops and some caramel malt.

A medium bodied beer with a light dry malty aftertaste.

I'll pass on a 2nd one of these.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of zimm421
2.91/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a dark brown with amber hints. Has a decent tan head that is pretty thick and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is very malty. Some caramel, spiciness and just overall sweetness. Taste is again sweet, but has more balance than the nose. Some hops, but not much and again the spices and caramel malts. Not overly impressed here, pretty boring.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly above average carbonation. Overall, a decent brew, but nothing to be amazed over.

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Photo of Unchi
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of psuKinger
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into my Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass. The artwork on the label is full of Christmas Cheer. Let's hope the liquid hidden behind it is as well.

A: Pours a dark ruby red/light brown shade, with an almost-white head on top, about a fingers worth, that foamed up nicely and formed big "pancake batter" bubbles off to the right side.

S: Lots of malt in the nose. Caramel more than toffee. A touch bready, maybe a hint of grass. Also perhaps the slightest hint of spice (nutmeg?). Will confirm on the taste.

T: Holiday spices shine through almost immediately, much more so than in the nose. Underneath is a strong caramel backbone. Hops aren't readily apparent on the first sip, but over time they accumulate in the back of the tongue on the finish. Not a particularly bright, citrusy hop; more of an earthy, pine bitterness.

This beer runs a little sweet, and the caramel is unbalanced for my liking. It is, however, not as far off-balance as some that rely so heavily on caramel malts... the spices and the way the hops accumulate help to maintain some semblance of balance.

M: Thick, full, and sticky. Lots of tongue coating. Carbonation is present, but I'd like to see a bit more, personally.

D/O: Not a bad offering from Breckenridge, but I'm just admittedly not a huge fan of all that Caramel malts. The hops and spices gave it a little mileage for me, but in the end it just feels like I'm being bludgeoned by syrupy/bready caramel sweetness, and I'm just not digging it.

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Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of off white head and leaving some lacing.

Smell: Very mild smell to this one. Bready malt with some fruit notes and spices.

Taste: Bready malt with a mild spice profile. Not very sweet and there is a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly and smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is an alright Christmas beer. I would have either liked more spices or to clean up the taste a bit if they wanted to go the other way.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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5/5  rDev +42.5%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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

A: Dark brown/copper with a thin off white head.

S: Some light citrus hops and some grapefruit with a hint of bread malt.

T: Some raisin along with caramel and grapefruit. Finish has some coffee roastiness.

M: A bit oily with ample carbonation.

O: A bit less spiced than expected but still very good.

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Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 32.8% out of 100 with 1,081 ratings
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