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I don’t know what kind of operation these Oxfordshire-based brewers think Santa is running, but it sure seems like one that I don’t want to be a part of.  Yesterday we had an insanely bad elf, and now the reindeer are in open revolt!

Beer Name: Reindeer’s Revolt

Brewery: Ridgeway Brewing (Oxfordshire, United Kingdom)

Style: English Christmas Ale

ABV: 6.0%

Description: Again, I’ll just put the story on the bottle here:

“Bartender, if anyone calls, I’m not here, right? Every year it’s the same nightmare, hauling that over-sized, red-suited endomorph all over kingdom come, up to my shivering haunches in snow and muck! You call him a Saint? Slave-driver, more like. Going down in history is all well and good, but what about the here and now? My therapist says I have to start doing things for me for a change. It’s about time I had a Merry Christmas myself, don’t you think?”

Appearance: It poured a translucent copper/dark amber body with a thin layer of off-white lacing across the top.

Smell: Stereotypical “beer” smell with a bit of malty sweetness and touch of yeast on the end.

Taste: Light cracker malt with a toasty backbone. Tempered by a bit of sweetness with a mildly spicy yeast ending

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with roughly moderate carbonation.

Hype: None.  I honestly had no idea what to expect from an “English Christmas Ale,” nor had I ever heard of this brewery before.  It did look like a fun beer to include in my Christmas series this year though.

Overall: Not really a standout for me, but enjoyable nonetheless.  It was a nice beer to sip at and not think too much about, while is certainly something to appreciate.