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Christmas Ale by Goose Island
English Brown Ale
6.50 % ABV


 
Review by tavernjef on 10/18/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 7 17 4 8 2010
Cloudy pale copper color and of hazy reddish tone nearer to the top which is adorned by a rich creamy head of froth about an inch high and colored of dark ivory. Head retains its thick body to settle a bit with a lumpy top and lots of lace in big blotches, looks scrumptious!

Smells faintly of citrus and floral hops with a light backing of roasted caramel malt.

Taste is more of the same, but more prominent with great mellowing and smooth caramel malts that are a touch candyish sweet and has some citrusy mild hops balanced in perfectly and a lightly drying finish.

Good solid medium body and pretty full in each gulp, very nice. One excellent brew, if it weren't so soft in the aroma this would have favored a higher overall rating, but with that aside, everything else is solid and well done.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 2010
12oz Bottle
$6.99 6-Pack
Health Mart

Bottled 10/8/07

Goose Island's Christmas Ale pours chestnut brown with copper hues when backlit. The pour formed a two finger soapy beige head that quickly fell to one finger and left respectable sheet lacing on its way down. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise along the sides of the glass.

I have a hard time putting my finger on the different aromas of this beer. It is lightly roasty with a tall heap of maltiness. The spiciness is where I'm having troubles. I do think I'm pulling out some nutmeg but there's definitely more there.

The flavor is just like the aroma. Light roastiness kicks things off with a good helping of maltiness all around. The nutmeg may be in there but it may be in my mind just as easy. There is some spiciness from what tastes like an addition of noble hops.

This beer has a medium body with a pleasurable smooth mouthfeel. The moderate carbonation lets this one work through nicely.

I enjoy a couple of these in a sitting quite often. It's an easy drinker without a doubt.

A beer I pick up every Winter. There's better Winter seasonals out there but this is always enjoyable and one everyone seems to enjoy.

Reviewed: 1/6/08

Price: $6.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 3 5 14 4 6 0
Pours a little darker than medium amber, slightly hazy. Smell is a little lax, but ok. Taste is solid.

Served In: Pint Glass

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