Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
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Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rick clear copper color with a two to three finger (depending how aggressive you pour) off white head. Lacing stick all around the glass with each sip as the head retains as a thick blanket until the last drop.

The aroma is sweet but not over whelming. A perfect blend of honey, brown sugar, cinnamon. and ginger.

The taste reflects the aroma. Ginger bread, honey, cinnamon, hints of caramel, and a soft biscuit And toasted bread malt.

There is a light yet syrup texture on the palate. Mildly dry finish with lingering spice.

The Great Lakes Brewing company has yet to disappoint me. This brew is prefect to these cold fall and winter months and with a healthy ABV at 7.5%, it truly warms you up.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - A light red amber color. Doesn't get much of head unless you pour aggressively, and even then it doesn't keep long. Spotty lacing.

S - Seems almost entirely malty in smell. Nothing memorable.

T - Very mild flavors on this. Slight cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, and malts.

M - Nothing aggressive about this beer, which makes it an easy drinker.

O - Pretty underwhelming given the hype. I was expecting bigger flavors and smells. The way I would describe it is Lagunitas Brown Sugga's little brother. Sadly, I spent more on this then Brown Sugga'. I decided not to review this until after my fourth over the course of the week, and my impression of it hasn't changed a bit even trying it in four types of glassware.

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A: Ruby-auburn color, crispy clear, warm and inviting. The orange/peach tinted white head is a tasty looking mix of large and fine bubbles. Big at first and then quickly becomes a thin sheet with a frothy ring. Lace is spotty and shifting.

S: Delicious holiday smells all over. Thyme, pine, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, honey, sugar, candied lemon, cardamom, sage, doughy bread... Lots of smells (perhaps some by association) come to mind. All ties together surprisingly well too. Delicate and soft.

T: Taste is perfect for the season. Spicy, flavorful, easy on the palate, and super smooth.

M: Very light feel to it. Almost light bodied but softly thickened with honey syrup. Oddly, I kind of like the syrupy-ness. Carbonation levels are perfect. Interesting and enjoyable.

O: Good stuff.

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Awesome winter warmer. Had it yesterday on tap in a 23 oz glass. Lots of cinnamon and clove flavors. Nice malt balance. No hop bitterness at all but anything but sweet. Really nice Holiday beer that you find yourself looking forward to year after year.
Loved this beer to death and will be looking to pick up a case as soon as I can!

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Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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