Mary Christmas | Ilkley Brewery Co.

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Ilkley Brewery Co.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 01-17-2013

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of Spike
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.
L: Clear, pale amber colour, many streams of micro-bubbles, one finger of white head and some lacing.
S: Soft, raisins, honey.
T: Sweet, fruity, English malt and some stewed hops. Light bitter finish. Spices are very understated.
F: Medium body, gentle carbonation.
O: Not much, if any, evidence of the dried vine fruit, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses. Makes for a pretty reasonable ESB but a disappointing winter warmer.

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Photo of hdtrice
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of windypete
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2013. Picked up recently from Booths. Described on the label as a golden ale containing spices/ingredients previously soaked in rum. Peace beer with you....

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light, fruity hops, hints of white grape, mild warming spice, ale yeast and stewed leaves. Faint undertones of diacetyl, though not too serious in this instance.

Tastes of fruity hops and subtle spice, with a dry bitter finish. Notes of white grape, melon, faint citrus, nondescript spice, stewed hops, wood and mild earthiness. There is a warm, spirit-like quality in the background, along with a twinge of diacetyl. Dry and slightly harsh, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and a tad prickly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of stewed leaves, faint spice and a woody acridness.

Not bad, though it's a bit of an odd Christmas brew. Very much a golden/pale ale with faint hints of spice and rum. The aromatic hops are quite fruity and lend a white wine flavour to the beer. I reckon that a darker, spicier brew might have suited the season better, as the juxtaposition of fruity hops and spices is a bit odd. Ilkley's bottles would also benefit from conditioning with live yeast. Decent if not outstanding, and worth trying if you stumble across it.

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Mary Christmas from Ilkley Brewery Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 4 ratings