Christmas Beer Tasting!

Christmas beer tasting

It’s the second week of December and the Christmas shopping season is in high gear…but why not take a break from things and join us for a drink? This week, we’ve chosen six holiday-themed beers in order to do a Christmas beer tasting!

So, pour yourself your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, sit down, kick back, and chill with us while we taste some Christmas beers!

Our first beer is…

 

Christmas beer tasting

BEER: Pie of the Tiger
BREWERY: Full Circle Brewing Company – Fresno, CA
ABV: 6%
MATT: 3/5
DANIELLE: 3.25/5

LOOK: Dark pink and cloudy

SCENT: Very tart citrus…almost like homemade lemonade

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel but cranberry isn’t prominent. You can’t taste it. Tastes more like a sour lemonade.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: It’s strange to taste this and not really get cranberry. It reminds me of a Mike’s Hard Lemonade with a little more sugar dumped into it. It’s fine for a sour but there isn’t much complexity nor is there much flavor beyond the sourness. This is a decent sour — but nothing to write home about.

 

 

 

christmas beer tasting

BEER: Jubelale (Winter Ale)
BREWERY: Deschutes – Bend, OR
ABV: 6.7%
MATT: 4/5
DANIELLE: 4/5

LOOK: Clear and mostly dark, like a cola.

SCENT: Malt and some dark chocolate

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Malt and dark chocolate right up front with some sweet cocoa on the back. You can also get a bit of alcohol and that finishes things nicely.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A wonderful winter ale for every winter party you might throw and perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas party. Jubelale is an excellent Thanksgiving or Christmas beer. It would go well with any dessert and it’s great for casual drinking.

 

 

 

BEER: Merry Christmas • Happy New Year (2021 Special Winter Ale)
BREWERY: Anchor Brewing Company – San Francisco, CA
ABV: 7%
MATT: 3.75/5
DANIELLE: 3.75/5

LOOK: Dark with a slightly dissipating head

SCENT: Malt and dark chocolate

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel. There’s citrus and malt on the tongue with a coffee/chocolate finish.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A decent winter ale — though not nearly as complex as the last beer. It’s still enjoyable in its own right and may please beer fans in your home who don’t like ales. The issue I have is that it tastes too generic and familiar.

 

 

 

BEER: Christmas Ale
BREWERY: Breckenridge Brewery – Littleton, CO
ABV: 7.1%
MATT: 3.5/5
DANIELLE: 3/5

LOOK: Deep, dark amber and clear

SCENT: Some malt, some toasted hops

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel. There’s citrus and malt on the tongue with a coffee/chocolate finish.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A decent winter ale — though not nearly as complex as the last beer. It’s still enjoyable in its own right and may please beer fans in your home who don’t like ales. The issue I have is that it tastes too generic and familiar.

 

 

 

BEER: Very Bad Elf (Special Reserve Ale)
BREWERY: Ridgeway Brewing – Oxfordshire, England – UK
ABV: 7.5%
MATT: 3.75/5
DANIELLE: 3.5/5

LOOK: Amber with some cloudiness

SCENT: Malt and alcohol

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel. Hops, malt, and alcohol.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A good ale but not really that much of a “winter” ale. There’s malt, alcohol, and hops — and that’s really about it. Still an enjoyable beer if you’re into ales. It’s just not that complex nor is it unique.

 

 

 

BEER: Santa’s Little Helper
BREWERY: Port Brewing Company – San Marcos, CA
ABV: 9.9%
MATT: 4.25/5
DANIELLE: 4.25/5

LOOK: Dark like a stout should be

SCENT: Chocolate, cocoa, hazelnut, pecan

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel. Hazelnut and candied pecans on the front with that chocolate in the back end. Alcohol as well.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A very nice winter-style stout where all the flavors are perfectly aligned. The chocolate flavoring is perfect and the alcohol added to this rounds out the sweet home-made quality of the beer. This would be a great dessert pairing.

 

OVERALL FINAL REFLECTIONS: Each beer here was solid, bringing different flavors and themes to the table. Two of these really stood out while one was a near failure. Jubelale and Santa’s Little Helper really brought the flavor and the heart and those were our two favorites of the night.

 

HEAR OUR FINAL THOUGHTS HERE!:

 

NEXT WEEK: We have another Christmas beer tasting! Join us!

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