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Christmas

Review - Gritty McDuff's Christmas Ale

"If it looks like Ed just got merrier, you're right. Every November heralds the return of our holiday seasonal, Christmas Ale available on draft and in six-packs. Our Christmas Ale is a robust E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) full of holiday cheer. Christmas Ale has a lovely, dark red/amber color and a rich, full-bodied, malty taste with a slightly roasted undertone. We brew our Christmas Ale to an original gravity of 1064 (about 6.2% alcohol by volume) using only the finest English Pale and Crystal Malts, with a touch of Roasted Barley as well. A blend of Clusters, Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Yakima Goldings leaf hops round out this hearty brew. Gritty's Christmas Ale has no additives, fruits or spices. It's just a good honest ale, perfect for the season. And to top it all off, it's already gift-wrapped! Happy Holidays!" --Gritty McDuff's Brewing Co.

The Christmas Ale pours a dark amber color with an off-white, fizzy head that fully disappears. No lacing. Aroma is very festive, with hints of nutmeg, honey, grain malts, and flowery hops. Initial taste is mildly acidic, with a bitter finish that lasts and lasts. Chalky, yet smooth and creamy on the mouth.

Reviewed on March 6th, 2006 with Thirsty Beard.

Type:ESB
ABV:6.2%
Source:12 oz. Bottle
Score:17/30

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