Full Review

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Christmas Ale

Category: Winter Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Christmas Ale

Category: Winter Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7.5%
Bright copper color. Spicy, attractive aromas and flavors of gingerbread, cinnamon roll and cereal, coconut-mango chutney, and lemongrass with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, long finish with shades of holiday spice cake, chai, and root beer float finish. A fun, spicy winter ale that screams holiday parties.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Smooth & Mild, Spicy & Complex & Sweet & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: gingerbread, cinnamon roll and cereal, coconut-mango chutney, and lemongrass
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of holiday spice cake, chai, and root beer float
Bitterness Bitterness: Low/Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Deep Fried Ice Cream, Pumpkin Pie, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fun, spicy winter ale that screams holiday parties.

The Producer

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

The Producer
2516 Market St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
USA
1 216-771-4404

Winter Ale

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Serve in a Shaker Pint Glass
Winter ales are deep golden to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 5.5-9%. Beers in this category can be unspiced, though a majority of these beers feature a wide variety of seasonal spices. True to their name, these beers are commonly brewed in the winter and often feature cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and all spice in their flavor profiles. Better examples of this style feature a balance between added spices, hops, malt and alcohol. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Full Sail Wassail Winter Ale and Deschutes Jubelale.