Since January 6th is the 12th day of Christmas, I thought I’d finally publish a review of the Christmas Ale that has been in my fridge for the past two weeks.
We’ve been having a bit of a freshness problem with our Great Lakes beer purchases. Although Great Lakes is an excellent brewer, the residents of South Jersey have been a bit slow to take their beers off the shelf. Luckily, the expiration date on this bottle is 1/19/2011!
- Appearance: Clear copper color. Very little head which dissipates rapidly and leaves minimal lacing.
- Aroma: Honey and spice notes that remind me of Drambuie.
- Taste: Medium carbonation. Malt sweetness up front. Some spicy flavors in the middle, much like you would experience from a ginger beer. Very mild bitter finish.
I first had this beer on draught at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ during a Sunday night drinking session with The Wookie. I liked it so much that I had to pick up a couple bottles during a recent beer run. The Great Lakes Christmas Ale is equally delicious in bottle form. For a beer that has an ABV of 7.5%, it is exceptionally smooth and easy drinking. Although I generally prefer a more hoppy brew, there are enough spices in this beer to keep the overall sweetness from becoming overbearing. I give it a B+.